Thursday, June 21, 2012

Book Review: Princess Lessons by Meg Cabot

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Title: Princess Lessons
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: HarperCollins
Series: Princess Diaries companion book
Hardcover: 144 pages
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE A PRINCESS --
OR
JUST LIVE LIKE ONE 
Compiled by MIA THERMOPOLIS
aka Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo
of Genovia

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Princess Lessons is a compilation of tips and tricks on how to be a princess from our favorite Princess Diaries characters. It includes beauty tips from Paolo, etiquette from Grandmere, and other fun advice and facts about real princesses from various people in the Princess Diaries world.

I really loved this. I think Princess Lessons would be the perfect gift to give a tween or young teen who is a fan of the series. Even if they're not fans of the series they might enjoy it, but it's better to be familiar with the characters in order to understand some of the humor involved. Some of the tips were actually really good. There's a mix of actual advice and silly things such as the proper way to curtsy or wear a crown. So, it doesn't read like a manual because of the humor and side-notes from Mia. It stresses confidence, good hygiene, kindness, and just being yourself. A great message to young people who are under constant pressure to look and act a certain way.

This is by no means necessary to the series in general. It doesn't further the story or have any plot points, but it's a great companion that provides awesome tips all the while making you laugh.