NERDGIRL RECOMMENDS: THE PRINCESS DIARIES BY MEG CABOT
I've decided to start a new meme type thing on my blog called "Nerdgirl Recommends". It's exactly what it sounds like: I'm recommending books I enjoy to all of y'all. I wanted to start this because I feel like my "Talktime" was more discussion based while this will be just me telling y'all you should read books. So without further ado, let's move right into the first "Nerdgirl Recommends".
WHY I LOVE THE PRINCESS DIARIES
- The growth we witness Mia go through: It is amazing watching the growth we watch Princess Mia go through. She is a almost a completely different person in the last book compared to the first book. In the first book, she is this insecure, scared, hormonal, obsessive girl who wants nothing to deal with the world. Come the last book, she is much more confident, in tune with herself, a smart, and amazing woman. She is who I aspire to be.
- Feminism for the win: From the beginning, feminism is prevalent. Growing up, it was so nice to read about this teenage girls with such strong stances on feminism. Although I had my issues with Lily, I really admired her feminist stances, though at times they were extra.
- The love, man, the love: I really really really wish I was Princess Mia just for the sake of having a guy like Michael Moscovitz. He was really swoon-worthy, though there was a brief period of time where he was a complete dick and I wanted to swear him off. Literally, all throughout high school, I would think about how nice it would be to have a good-looking, genius boyfriend who could save the world with amazing medical technology.
- It shows how much we can change in such a short time: All of the characters change so much in the course of the four years, not just Mia, Lily, really discovers who she is and branches into a different person, though I can't say that's entirely a good think. Hell, even Kenny, excuse me, Kenneth, a minor character changes quite a bit. And I love the message that sends. We as humans are capable of changing so much in so little time. Especially as teens. We are so impressionable and everything can change in the blink of an eye: our personalities, friendships, goals, love interests; nothing is ever constant, and that's okay.
- It's so binge-worthy and feel-good: I re-read the entire series in less than a week, and it felt so damn good. The books are fast-paced and really easy to read. And damn it if they don't feel good. There are so many highs and lows and I found myself having so many heart palpitations. There were moments when I couldn't stop reading, and there were moments when I had to put the book to the side and just breathe because I couldn't handle what was going on.