the gory details

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I picked up Sarah Quigley’s TMI after reading a post about it on Cupcakes Take the Cake. And if you’re asking yourself why a cupcake blog would post about a YA book, I’ll just tell you that there is a lot of cupcake baking in this book. At times you have to wonder if these kids do nothing but bake and watch 80s movies.

While I am a fan of the Princess Diaries and the Georgia Nicolson series, I am not generally a fan of the  confessional teen lit genre. I was totally drawn in by TMI‘s cover, and like the writer over at CTtC, I too wanted to know why there were cupcakes on the cover.

Like many other teen confessionals, the novel focuses on the mishaps of the diary’s wayward writer. What is different about TMI is that the diary is really a blog, raising all sorts of questions about privacy and how much teens (and adults for that matter) should share on the internet.

Labeled the “Overshare Queen,” Becca decides that it’s time to change her ways and stop sharing so many details. Instead, she decides to create a blog to write her “overshares”. Everything is going great for Becca, she has a medium for expression (and can control the need to blab all the time), and it’s completely anonymous. Except Becca’s anonymous blog isn’t as anonymous as she thinks. High school drama ensues!

For readers who enjoy teen chick lit, this is a quick, fun read.

And now for something completely different… sort of. I just started reading Frances Burney’s Cecilia, so I’m going to be on that one for a while since school is taking up much of my free time.

Fairytale ending

After 10 volumes (and several half volumes) Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series has finally reached an end.34102897

Forever Princess is Cabot’s final installment in the series and manages to bring Mia’s story to a very satisfying end.

Returning to AEHS in the final weeks of Mia’s senior year, the story takes an unexpected shift, picking up nearly two years after Princess Mia ended.

Almost eighteen, awaiting to see if her father will win the first democratic election held in Genovia (after all, Mia is the one who introduced democracy to Genovia), trying to publish her first romance novel (under a pseudonym, of course), choosing a college that did not accept her because of her title, and dreading a prom invite from her too-perfect-to-be-true boyfriend, Mia is overwhelmed. A state that is not helped by Michael’s sudden return as a successful entrepreneur and scientist, and Lilly’s suspicious attempts to be nice to her.

Lies become Mia’s form of coping until these become so easy that Mia starts to believe them herself, resulting in a series of bad decisions that only complicate matters further. However, Mia soon learns that, as Dr. Knutz says, sometimes a horse only looks good on paper. Whatever that means.

Like other series that I have been following for years, I really wanted The Princess Diaries to end well and Meg Cabot did not disappoint. I was pleased that the novel picked up two years after the last installment, it made for a nice change and introduced a much more mature Mia, who may still have a lot to learn about being a princess, but is well on her way to becoming a strong, independent woman. That is one of the aspects that I most enjoyed about the series–Mia is no one’s idea of the perfect princess. She is almost never calm and collected, but then her diary would not be half as interesting if she were the perfect model of feminine poise.