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Take Two or Same again?
The Princess Diaries: Take Two - Meg Cabot
Member Name: bettyboop2002
The Princess Diaries: Take Two - Meg Cabot
Advantages: An easy read
Disadvantages: The gap filling pages are too similar to the first book
PRINCESS DIARIES TAKE TWO
The first book in this series was on my list of books to read, the list also contains some long and difficult books so I decided to pick this up in the library after reading the first book as something light and easy to read in between some more tricky titles.
There are 10 books in the series, these are listed in my review of the first book, this is the second and each title contains the book number so it's easy to keep track of the order.
The price of this book varies from place to place but can be bought online reasonably at between £3-4 including delivery.
This paperback book has 213 pages.
The cover of the book is different to that pictured. It looks a lot more girly than that in the picture. This book is aimed at girls, I think it depends on the maturity of the individual as to what age I would recommend. I would guess at an age where girls are starting to see boys as anything other than disgusting.
The story so far.....
In book one we were introduced to Mia, a girl who lives a normal teenage life with her mum who starts dating her algebra teacher. Her dad is recovering from cancer and lives abroad and turns up one day to tell her that as a side effect of his treatment he is no longer able to have children and as an only child this makes her heir to the throne. Mia had no idea that her dad was a prince and isn't very happy about becoming a princess and would much rather live the normal life she has been leading so far.
In this book.......
The book is set out in the form of Mia's diary, as is the first book. In this book we learn that Mias mum is still dating her algebra teacher who she started dating in the first book. She discovers that she is pregnant and the two decide to get married and move in together.
Mia has a TV interview about her recently finding out she was a princess and is so flustered and nervous that she ends up blurting out her mothers news in front of millions of viewers which is when Mia's paternal grandmother takes over and decides to plan a big wedding with lots of celebrity guests.
I find this really far fetched. I know it's a work of fiction but why a woman would want to organize a wedding for her son's ex partner and her new boyfriend is a bit much. Especially as they don't seem to talk to each other. Mia tries to stop her grandmother interfering and tries to tell her mum about this lavish, celebrity packed wedding that seems to be being organised without her input but other things keep cropping up and she doesn't know how it's all going to pan out. This is what keeps the reader interested as you want to find out if the wedding goes ahead or if someone puts a stop to it.
Another part of the story that keeps us interested is that Mia seems to have a secret admirer. She is hoping that it is her best friends' brother who she has a crush on, but doesn't want to ask him in case it isn't and she embarrasses herself.
The friends all have a big night out planned for Halloween, which happens to be the night the wedding is scheduled for so you are left wondering will she be able to make it? Will she find out who her secret admirer is? And is it who she hopes it is?
If you want to find out any more you will have to read it for yourself!
The book then seems to be filled up with the same content the first book was filled up with, Mia talking about her algebra homework and lack of breasts.
I felt with a lot of the book that I had read the same thing before in the previous book and although there were some new characters such as her mothers parents who she doesn't really see, who also bring along her good looking cousin who all the girls seem to love, I don't think that these characters added a lot to the story.
This isn't a bad book and would obviously be better to younger readers. I found it really easy and quick to read due to the diary format. A lot of pages contained only a few words or a list.
I found the story a bit too unbelievable and the diary entries too similar to the first book to rate it any higher than I have.
This wouldn't put me off reading the others though, as I know that in the final book Mia turns 18 so hopefully as we follow her growing up through her teenage years the story will improve somewhat.
I won't be rushing out to look for the next one but I probably would pick it up if I saw it in the library as I don't like to start a series and not finish it and I would read one of these books in a day.
Summary: Good for young girls