Reviews for Princess in Pink
Booklist Monthly Selections - # 2 April 2004
Gr. 7-10. The fifth volume in the Princess Diaries series finds Mia Thermopolis, high-school freshman and Genovian princess-in-waiting, with much on her mind: her fifteenth birthday, her continuing search for self-actualization, princess lessons with imperious Grandmere, her pregnant mom's approaching due date, and, most important, boyfriend Michael's senior prom. As expected, snafus abound. Michael shows no interest in prom; there's a rift with best friend Lilly; Grandmere's pooch causes haute uproar in a snooty restaurant, resulting in a service workers' strike; and, horrors, the prom is canceled. Mia's journal entries, filled with pop references and animated commentary, are sure to entertain; her romantic expectations (drawn largely from her favorite movies) contrast humorously with reality checks. Series fans will enjoy Mia's continuing saga that once again blends typical teen trials with noblesse oblige, and look forward to another installment. ((Reviewed April 15, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall
All Princess Mia wants is to go to the prom with her boyfriend Michael and get out of spending the summer in Genovia. Unfortunately, a busboy strike precipitated by her grandmother is wreaking havoc all over New York City--and Mia's life. Fifteen-year-old Mia's diary entries are full of humor, self-deprecation, and soon-to-be-dated pop-culture references. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2004 March #3
In the fifth book in Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series, Princess in Pink, high school drama centers on the prom for Mia Thermopolis and her friends. A citywide strike threatens the very existence of the prom (which, horrifically, Mia's boyfriend isn't even interested in attending) and various friendships are tested. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2004 August
Gr 5-9-In volume five in the series, Princess Mia has a new problem to overcome-how to get to the senior prom when boyfriend Michael thinks it's the height of lame. More drama erupts when Grandmere brings her poodle to Mia's 15th birthday party at a fancy restaurant. He gets loose, a busboy from Nepal gets fired, Mia's best friend starts a protest on his behalf, and the subsequent restaurant workers' strike shuts down the entire food and hotel industry, including the prom venue. Grandmere refuses to take responsibility, but finds an alternate prom site, and Mia manages to get the gig for Michael's new band. Thus, she gets to go to the prom. Fans will eat up this newest installment in the life of a teenage royal, and they won't mind Mia's whining and often shallow insistence on the importance of the dance over a fight that might end her long-standing friendship with her best friend, and Grandmere's immature behavior. Mia is an engaging if sometimes not very memorable heroine, and the conversational tone of the diary entries makes this a fun, lighthearted read.-Linda Bindner, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
VOYA Reviews 2004 October
In this fifth volume of the Princess Diaries, Mia Thermopolis returns as the well-known New York teen-turned-princess. This time around, Mia contrives to convince now-boyfriend Michael Moscovitz to take her to the prom, even though he has no inclination to go. But normal teen angst is not all that a princess has to face. Mia struggles to return New York to working order after her grandmother's dog trips a busboy and gets him fired. Mia's best friend Lilly takes on his cause and creates a standstill in food services throughout the city. And if that is not enough, Mia must talk her father into not forcing her to spend the summer in Genovia-and away from Michael-while she anxiously awaits the birth of her new sibling. Life as a princess is never easy. Fans will flock to pick this latest edition off the shelves. Cabot returns with the same wit and humor as her loyal readers have come to expect. One might wonder, however, how much longer Mia will struggle with her royal crown. Her antics are still highly entertaining, but little happens to help Mia grow as a person in this latest edition. In fact, Mia gets most of the solutions to her problems handed to her. Still readers identify with Mia as a regular teen-albeit a princess-and will love her frank dialogue. This one is a must-have for libraries looking to boost their summer reading collection.-Joyce Doyle PLB $16.89. ISBN 0-06-009611-X. 4Q 5P M J Copyright 2004 Voya Reviews.