From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot
I am a huge fan of The Princess Diaries, so when I saw that Meg Cabot had a new series out, I totally wanted to check it out! Meet sixth grade Princess Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison of Cranbrook Middle School in New Jersey (only she doesn't know she's a princess quite yet). Her mother died when she was a baby and although she keeps in contact with her father through letters, she has never met him nor does she know what he does for a living. Olivia lives with her Aunt Catherine's family, who give her a place to live, but it never quite feels like home. Through an unexpected chain of events, Olivia meets Princess Mia (yes, it is Mia Thermopolois Renaldo of Princess Diary fame), learns she is her half sister and that her father is the prince of Genovia. She also gets to meet Grandmere, who is as feisty as ever. While becoming a princess may be a dream of many girls, it does not come without some problems and for the first time in Olivia's life, she needs to make some life-changing decisions.
The book was a quick read at just under 200 pages, but the pace of the story was perfect. Olivia is a heart-warmingly innocent character of who you become a fan. It is the first book in the series, so there was a lot of setting the scene and introducing the new characters. The next book in the series focuses on Princess Mia's wedding and I cannot wait to hear about the event through the eyes of Olivia. The cool thing too is that you can read about it from Mia's point of view in the newest Princess Diaries installment entitled Royal Wedding. I have a lot of reading to catch up on!!