Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison still finds it hard to believe that she’s a real live PRINCESS OF GENOVIA. Not only does she get to live in an actual palace with her newly discovered family and two fabulous poodles (who all love her and think that she’s anything but ordinary!) but she also gets her very own PONY!
Of course, things aren’t going exactly like she imagined. Her half-sister Mia is very busy learning how to take over the country while trying to plan a wedding and her father is actually getting remarried himself-to Mia’s mother!-and spends most of his time “renovating” the summer palace, although Grandmere says he is just hiding from the wedding preparations. Olivia hardly gets to see either of them.
Fortunately, Grandmere has her own plans for Mia’s wedding, and needs Olivia’s help to pull them off. Just when Olivia starts to think that things are going to work out after all, the palace is invaded by a host of new cousins and other royals who all seem to be angry at Olivia (although Grandmere says they are just jealous).
As the day of the wedding gets closer and closer, Olivia becomes more and more worried. For such a carefully planned event, it seems like a LOT of things are going wrong… Can Olivia keep this royal wedding from becoming a royal disaster?
Title: Royal Wedding Disaster
Author: Meg Cabot
Publication date: May 10, 2016
Royal Wedding Disaster is the second book in the From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess series, a spin-off of the Princess Diaries series. I didn’t remember much from the first book, but it seems like there’s a bit of a time jump — but that could just be me.
Princesses, as it turns out, have to go to school too, which is a little ridiculous considering it’s the LAST week of school in June and her sister’s wedding is on Saturday. That would be Princess Mia, who will soon rule the country of Genovia now that their father has decided to retire. You would think maybe an exception would be made in this case, especially since she’s been out of school for however long she’s already been in Genovia. But rules are rules and the headmistress of the school has said that if Olivia doesn’t start immediately, she won’t be able to attend — ever.
But whatever, it’s a middle grade book and it’s Meg Cabot. Let’s go with it.
She’s enrolled in the Royal Academy of Genovia, a boarding school/day school for royal children, where her cousin Luisa is in her class. Luisa (whose name I may not be spelling correctly, but I already returned to the book to the library so I can’t look it up) is so annoying. First of all, she’s a kind of a Mean Girl (but a tame one), which is probably to be expected. Olivia has to have an antagonist and she left her old one back in New Jersey. But the most annoying thing about her is “kee-yow.” Olivia made the mistake of mispronouncing ciao in front of Luisa and now Luisa repeats it back to her constantly. She’s kee-yowing all over the place, even when ciao wouldn’t be used. I can’t wait for something embarrassing to happen to Luisa so Olivia can rub her face in it.
Olivia’s too nice for that.
I’m not, but Olivia is.
Other classmates include Prince Gunther and Prince Khalil, Luisa’s crush. Gunther is no one’s crush because he’s kind of gross, but when Olivia’s assigned to dance with him, she can’t avoid him. She is not having a good time at this school. Maybe she should have stayed home for the week and then wouldn’t have been able to go at all. Surely there are other schools in Genovia. Maybe even public ones.
(Again, I do not believe that this royal school would deny entrance to a princess of the same country, especially not a newly-discovered and very newsworthy one, the half-sister of the soon-to-be queen, who is also a good student and not a troublemaker. But that’s the story.)
There’s a lot of focus on the middle school drama, including the upcoming visit from Olivia’s best friend Nishi, who suddenly seems jealous of Olivia, but there’s plenty of time for glimpses of wedding preparations too. I’m not sure this is the right book for most Princess Diaries fans, but someday I would like to go back and pick up where I left off in the series so that I can finish up with Royal Wedding and read about things from Mia’s viewpoint.