Awwwwww. I’m always so afraid when authors come back to a series after a years-long break. To be perfectly honest, I was afraid this book mig4.5 stars
Awwwwww. I’m always so afraid when authors come back to a series after a years-long break. To be perfectly honest, I was afraid this book might feel like milking a long-dead cash cow, especially since Cabot’s going back to other series too. Thankfully, it doesn’t at all feel like that. Mia is as Mia as ever, though she’s a grown up too. Sort of. As much as I am anyway. Royal Wedding is fun and fluffy and also total Mia/Michael fan service which we totally deserve.
It’s really nice to see Mia as a functioning adult. I mean, she’s still a bit neurotic, and she always will be. In fact, she’s journaling for the first time in years because her new therapist has recommended it for her mental health. However, Mia’s also a lot more relaxed than she was as a teen, despite the fact that she’s dealing with stuff that’s way more difficult. Maybe because of all the sex she and Michael have. Maybe that’s just adulthood.
Mia’s 28 for most of Royal Wedding, which means that I really have grown up with her. I read my first Princess Diaries book probably around eighth or ninth grade, when I would have been slightly younger than Mia, and, though I dropped out when she and I were both sixteen, I’m back with her now. It’s kind of funny how, if this book had existed when I was a teen, I probably would have thought the voice of Mia as an adult was inauthentic. Surely adults act like they do in all the adult fiction I read, right? Now that I’m an adult (I am, right?), I love the fact that Royal Wedding really captures the parts of adulthood that feel like adulthood but also all the ways that you and your friends really still kind of feel like teenagers.
I always thought when I became an adult everything would become less confusing, but unfortunately, everything’s only become more confusing.
Obviously my favorite parts were Michael and Mia. At the start, there wasn’t nearly as much Michael and Mia action as I’d hoped, but then, finally, they go off for their proposal which is slightly surprising for Mia but not for anyone else ever. I mean, hello, we know there’s going to be a wedding, so let’s get this train moving out of the station.
Though there’s no on-page sex, sadly but probably wisely given the number of kids who might end up reading this book, it’s still a really satisfying read ship-wise. There were some great shippy moments in Forever Princess, but there wasn’t enough time with Michael and Mia as a couple. In Royal Wedding, we get to indulge in the perfection that is Michael and Mia. His emojis, for example, are just the best. Also their sex games. And Michael joking about the tabloids commentary on his sexual prowess. I’m pretty sure I literally squeed during most of their conversations.
Looking back on it, I guess I’m sort of grateful for the plot that I didn’t like so much: Olivia. Mia’s secret sister, not so secret since there’s a book about her, feels a lot like when Gilmore Girls decided to give Luke a child. I just don’t like her addition to things at all, and I don’t really feel like she fits in here organically. However, what Olivia does do is add drama, meaning that Cabot didn’t need to introduce any barriers between Michael and Mia. Though honestly I would not have cared one bit if there was no plot at all, but whatever.
The whole gang is present and accounted for in Royal Wedding. They’re all like Mia: totally themselves with a new veneer of adulthood. I was really surprised by how much I liked Lilly in Royal Wedding. She’s still very Lilly, but she’s also somewhat settled in that she’s training to become a lawyer which super suits her. Also, Team Lars. Tina’s convincing as a doctor, but still freaks out over ships. Grudgingly, Team Boris. Then there’s J.P. I was howling at his dystopian romance novel, and, honestly, I would probably be annoyed normally at his treatment in this book but he’s really just the worst. I’ve also really come to adore Grandmère over the years. She creeped me out when I was a teen but now I find her hilarious.
Even if, like me, you’d gotten tired of The Princess Diaries, it is TOTALLY WORTH IT to finish. At least if you’re a Michael/Mia shipper, and if you’re not I really don’t know what to do with you.