Party Princess by Meg Cabot: B+

Book description:
This spring, Mia’s determined to have a good time, despite the fact that the student government over which she presides is suddenly broke. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) Grandmère has an elaborate scheme to simultaneously raise money, catapult Mia to theatrical fame, and link her romantically with an eligible teen bachelor, not her boyfriend. It’s no wonder that Michael, the love of her life, seems to think she’s a psycho, or worse: not much fun.

Is it possible that Mia, soon-to-be star of the stage, president of the student body, and future ruler of Genovia, doesn’t know how to party?

There were a few annoying things about this book (like the references to Netscape as if it were a website, and Mia’s consistent worrying over something very stupid) and a few obvious plot happenings, as well, but even with that, I really enjoyed this installment in the Princess Diaries series. Like, much more than I remember liking number six.

The chief reason is because Mia seemed to be nudged out of her self-absorption mode and started to grow up a little. Oh, still plenty spazzy, but she really did seem to be figuring out some fairly essential stuff. It leaves me hopeful that Meg Cabot is going to build on this and allow Mia to grow within the course of the series, not condemning her to stagnate in a fifteen-year-old mindset forever.

If you thought the quality in the series drooped a bit in recent books, give this seventh one a try. It might give you hope.

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