The Challenges of Middle School
Oh, hello there! Today I’m going to be judging From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot! This post contains SPOILERS! So, if you haven’t seen the movie "The Princess Diaries" or have read the series yet, I recommend that you don’t read this. But, if you LOVE to know things ahead of time (just like me), go ahead!
“Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is a completely average twelve-year-old: average height, average weight, average brown hair of average length, average brown skin and average hazel eyes. The only things about her that aren't average are her name (too long and princess themed), her ability to draw animals (useful for her future career as a wildlife illustrator), and the fact that she is a half-orphan who has never met her father and is forced to live with her aunt and uncle (who treat her almost like their own kids, so she doesn't want to complain).
Then one completely average day, everything goes wrong: the most popular girl in school, Annabelle Jenkins, threatens to beat her up, the principal gives her a demerit, and she's knocked down at the bus stop...
Until a limo containing Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia pulls up to invite her to New York to finally meet her father, who promptly invites her to come live with him, Mia, Grandmère and her two fabulous poodles...
Maybe Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison isn't so average after all!” – Goodreads.
Meg Cabot is one of my favorite authors, and this has proved it.
This book tells the story of Olivia Grace – a normal girl that has never met her dad (her mom’s dead), and lives with her aunt, step-uncle, and step-cousin. She’s a totally average girl and lives a totally average life. Wait – it gets interesting.
The most popular girl at her school decides to beat her up, for absolutely no reason. That girl’s name is Anabelle Jenkins, and her father is constantly threatening to sue the entire school district if his daughter doesn’t get her way. She’s pretty spoiled, don’t you think?
Just when Annabelle starts the fight (which happens to be next to the flagpole and in the school parking lot), a limousine pulls up, and Princess Mia Thermopolis Renaldo of Genovia gets out of it. I was freaking out at the moment, believe me.
So, back to the topic.
Mia takes her to meet their dad, and Olivia gets oh-so-excited and happy and she’s basically a ball of sunshine at the moment.
The story then develops, and she meets her Grandmother, Dowager Princess Clarisse Grimaldi Renaldo, who buys her an entire new wardrobe and makes her go to a beauty salon (thankfully, Princess Mia tells Clarisse to give Olivia spiral curls).
But then, just when they get back to the Penthouse Olivia’s family is staying, Olivia founds out that her Aunt Catherine and Uncle Rick, want to take her home with them. She and Mia go to the balcony because their father asked them (they were talking adult stuff).
Mia then tells Olivia that their dad is suspecting that her aunt and step-uncle stole a lot of money Philippe (her dad) sent her in checks. And I mean, the money that actually belonged to Olivia. I thought her aunt loved her, but nope.
Well, I didn’t really think they had a close relationship, but they had to at least LOVE each other. Right?! Families and relatives need to love each other! At least, tolerate one another, to prevent an epic battle between them!
Anyways, after that, Olivia gets to her middle school and then she gets punched by Annabelle Jenkins (the spoiled mean girl from the beginning?), and then gets home with her best friend in the town cars of Genovia, with a shirt stained of blood.
And then her aunt decides to give Philippe all the legal guardianship she had over Olivia, and then they go to Genovia and live happily ever after!
Now, my opinion. Drumroll please! *drumrolls are heard from far behind*
I like this book. It’s a good read if you’re starting to read, and if you’re an almost advanced reader you’ll enjoy it too because it reminds you of how a family behaves and the challenges of Middle School.
I repeat, it reminds you of the challenges of Middle School.
Okay. Back to the topic, again…
I give this book an 8/10. If you’re a really advanced reader you’ll feel a bit bored at the beginning, but I mean, this is Meg Cabot. This is the author of the Princess Diaries (begin for the 1st book right now). #1 New York Times Bestselling Author! She has won tons of awards and recognitions, and we should be grateful that she has written a series for middle readers, and starter readers!
OK. I really like how the story starts, yet I felt that I was going to rip the entire book apart when I read that her aunt basically stole all her money?! Sheesh. That’s really mean and rude and selfish, don’t you guys think?
Congratulations From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess; you passed the Pink Smoothie-Confirmed Book Process. This means you are Pink Smoothie approved and won your sticker!
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