6746342Princess in Pink (The Princess Diaries #5) by Meg Cabot
Release Date: March 29, 2005
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Audio via Library
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Princess Mia is dreaming about the prom – and contending with a hotel workers’ strike – in the fifth, supremely hilarious episode of Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries. This time, Mia’s in the pink about the upcoming Albert Einstein H.S. prom, and she’s crossing her fingers that Michael will ask her to go. (They’re in love, so why wouldn’t he ask her, right?) But during Seven Minutes in Heaven at her b-day party, Mia learns that Michael is not the prom-going type. Good grief, what’s a princess to do?

To make matters worse, Grandmere has gotten a busboy fired due to a mishap with her pooch, Rommel, at a swanky restaurant, so when all of the city’s busboys go on strike, it causes a chain of events that result in Grandmere crashing at Mia’s mom’s place, her pal Lilly Moscovitz picking up a picket sign, and the prom being brought to a screeching halt.

Thankfully, staunch yet boy-wise Grandmere has a plan to change Michael’s mind and put everything back on track, making Mia the happiest “prom princess” on this side of the Atlantic – and readers more starry-eyed than Molly Ringwald in her prettiest pink frock.

Following up the brief Volume IV and a Half and introducing a new addition to Mia’s family, this knee-slapping fifth volume makes the series glitter brighter than ever, placing yet another jewel in Cabot’s crown.– Goodreads

Review:

Princess in Pink is all about Mia’s upcoming birthday and the biggest event of her life: prom. Problem is of course Michael hasn’t asked her to prom and she refuses to talk to him about it. We are on book five of the series, and Mia still isn’t really talking to Michael. Yeahhhhh.

She does have her fifteenth birthday and gets what she always wanted: a cellphone! What’s funny about reading this series a decade after it came out is to read the pop culture references and to find which ones are a bit dated. This is also not in a bad way, it’s just in a..cute way. There is also a lot put into this fifth novel. From Mia’s mom getting closer to the end of her pregnancy to her Grandmere getting the busboy fired on her birthday, Mia once again feels that her life is, understandably, ending. Then it gets worse, her boyfriend, perfect Michael, does not want to go to prom.

By not going to prom Mia, feels her world is spiraling out of control and worries that Michael is going to go off to college and break up with her and then proceeded to have a bit of a nervous break down. What I enjoyed was throughout Princess in Pink, that Mia has these dramatic versions of what should happen (but will never ever happen). It was relate-able, so relate-2068673able. Because who hadn’t imagined how certain events in this life should work out, even if it was dramatically.

While Princess in Pink is not a perfect book, Cabot and her writing continuing to be refreshing and a reminder of the feelings that are universal when you are a teenager.

The first thing that I enjoyed about Princess in Training is not the fact a new school year has started, but is that Cabot did a tongue-in-cheek nod to the two movies that they made based off this series. From the “fun Grandma” to the dead father, or even breaking up with Michael, I found that Cabot handled it perfectly and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sophomore year is not as easy as Mia was expecting. I mean, freshman year was tough, but it was only going to get easier right? (HAHAHAH) Things Mia are now worried about: surviving college with Lana and the fact her boyfriend is now in college and college boys expect girls to do with them, according to Lana. Mia is also still not overly communicating with Michael and that causes issues for Mia because WHY DOES MICHAEL NOT UNDERSTAND?! Well maybe because you’re not talking to him?

I also enjoyed that Lily, Mia’s best friend, broke up with Boris in the last novel because her hormones went off the charts and now she misses him; not just because he has recently gained about 30 pounds of muscle and is dating another girl in their group. None of this shocks anymore more than Mia. Because BORIS?! NOT BORIS! What Mia was also not expecting was that her BFF, Lily, was going to make Mia run for Student Body president and is pushing Mia for the win. Even though Mia does not want to win because she has other things to obsess about, like her country possibly leaving the EU. All of that though is overwhelmed by the fact that Mia is overly worried about the fear of having to have sex with Michael, right now. This very moment. While Mia and Michael do have a heart to heart, her re-telling makes the reader know that it’s very real and very painful. It doesn’t work out how her brain and she just wants her life to be perfect.

20889174Honestly, that is one of the things I consistently enjoy about Cabot’s series. Is the fact that while Mia continues to be a princess, her problems are universal: getting along with family, high school, best friends and boyfriends.

In Party Princess, Mia learns that being a teenager, a high school student, a princess, a girlfriend, and the high school president is not as easy as she was expecting it to be. If we’re being honest, Mia has never been that great at time management and that is shown throughout this novel.

While Mia is growing, she is very much still the same Mia that we fell in love with during the first book in this series. For example, everyone wants to send these scented candles to make up for the fact that Mia, as student body president, blew through money and now need at least $5,000 to hold prom at a super awesome place. Mia, of course, wants to do something better than selling scented candles, like getting money from her Grandmere.

I found it interesting in book seven of the series, Mia still hasn’t really grown. She is very much the girl that we first met. She’s shocked when her dear friends actually know who she is, and that her boyfriend doesn’t care that she isn’t a party girl. We as humans are a bit more predictable than we want to me. I would know, I spend a good portion of my life yelling “YOU DON’T KNOW ME” to my friends.

Mia also started to find, JP, the kid that everyone made fun of, kind of cute and extremely helpful. But what about Michael? Her one true love. The pivotal moment in this book was a party that Michael threw, and the exact moment that Mia made a fool of herself. She didn’t act like herself, she drank a beer, danced with JP, and made a general fool of herself. It was painful to listen to actually.

This is the book that Mia is reminded that not everything is about her. From Lily and Michael’s own personal problems, to Mia’s Grandmere, Mia is quickly reminded that she is not the center of the universe and sometimes it is important to put someone else first.

Princess in Pink: 3 stars  | Princess in Training: 4 stars  | Party Princess: 3 stars