Title: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess
Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Olivia Grace Clarisse Harrison has always known she was different. Brought up by her aunt’s family in New Jersey, book-and-music-loving Olivia feels out of place in their life of high fashion and fancy cars. But she never could have imagined how out of place she really was until Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia, pops into her school and announces that Olivia is her long-lost sister. Olivia is a princess. A dream come true, right? But princesses have problems too.
In FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCESS a new middle grade series, readers will see Genovia, this time through the illustrated diaries of a spunky new heroine, 12 year old Olivia Grace, who happens to be the long lost half-sister of Princess Mia Thermopolis.
I was curious about this series because it is about the sister of Mia from The Princess Diaries. In this story, Olivia is the daughter of Mia’s father. She is in middle school, and lives with her aunt and uncle. Her mother died when she was a baby, so her aunt had to look after her. However, her mother didn’t want Olivia to be raised as a princess, so it was kept a secret.
Some parts of this book were quite uncomfortable. It made Olivia and Mia’s father look horrible, because he had kept his daughter a secret for all these years. Her aunt and uncle were portrayed in a negative light because they didn’t give Olivia many things. For example, their other children were given new toys and clothes, but Olivia wasn’t given anything. It focused more on material items. They reminded me of the Dursley’s from Harry Potter, but not as obviously abusive.
I think the story would have been better if the main character wasn’t Mia’s sister, but maybe a cousin or perhaps her own daughter. Otherwise, I enjoyed the premise of the story. I liked where it ended, so I will still continue to read the rest of the series.
What to read next:
Royal Wedding Disaster (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess #2) by Meg Cabot
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Have you read From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess? What did you think of it?