Valentine Princess by Meg Cabot: B

From the inside flap:
Valentine’s Day means flowers, chocolates, and all-out romance.

That is, it usually means those things. But when you’re Princess Mia, nothing happens the way it’s supposed to. For one thing, Grandmere seems determined to prove that boy (or Michael, as he is commonly known) isn’t the right one for the crown princess of Genovia. And Mia isn’t having much luck proving otherwise, since Michael has a history of being decidedly against any kind of exploitative commercialization (Valentine’s Day, as it is commonly known).

Boris can declare his love openly to Lilly, and even Kenny comes through with a paltry Whitman’s Sampler. So why can’t Michael give in to Cupid and tell Mia he loves her—preferably with something wrapped in red or pink and accompanied by roses—in time to prove he’s Mia’s true prince?

Well, with a book this short and frivolous, one doesn’t have very high expectations. Suffice it to say that I wasn’t disappointed by this little book but neither was I blown away.

Good stuff: It made me giggle a few times and marks the first time I have ever seen the word ‘snerk’ appear in print.

Not so good stuff: This takes place in the past (Mia found an old journal), so it’s supposed to be amusing when Grandmere’s astrology buddy predicts unlikely celebrity couples that Mia scoffs at (Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes), but it isn’t.

Random stuff: I had to look up a slang term that I was unfamiliar with (“blow-out,” a type of hairdo). It made me feel kinda old. There’s also confusion about the numbering of this book in the series. Cabot’s site calls it 7.75, but the series listing in the front of the book calls it 4.25. Based on the material within, and all the stuff that’s supposed to foreshadow what ultimately happens, I think reading it after book 7 would make the most sense.

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