Cabot, M. (2015). From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess. New York: Feiwel & Friends.
Olivia Grace Clarissa Mignonette Harrison thought she was just an average girl, until, one day, Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Renaldo Thermopolis shows up at her school, and Olivia’s whole life, and everything she thought to be true, changes.
I chose to read this book because it is a spin-off of Cabot’s The Princess Diaries series, with all of the same characters. In fact, the storyline parallels the newest book in the series, Royal Wedding (for adult readers). Because I am a huge fan of the series, I enjoyed this book. I wonder, however, if readers who haven’t read the original series would get as much out of the story as I did.
Notebooks features Cabot’s witty writing style and is full of cultural references, which makes the story relatable and humorous. It also includes Cabot’s own illustrations. The main character is likeable, and most young readers, especially young girls with princess fantasies, will be able to relate with Olivia.
Because Cabot is my favourite author, I loved this book. I will give this book a 4.5 out of 5, because the story is fast-paced, fun, and, for the most part, can stand alone from the original series.