Forever Princess by Meg Cabot
This is the tenth and final *sniff* volume of the wildly popular "Princess Diaries" series from Meg Cabot, wrapping up the high school odyssey of former geek turned princess of Genovia, Mia Thermopolis.
What a long, fun odyssey it's been.
Though I sped through this volume, I was sorry to know that the story was coming to an end, but it was so satisfying...Mia makes decisions about college, continues to obsess over her relationships with boys (one in particular...), worries about the prom, chats with her girlfriends, and wonders if she can patch up her relationship with Lilly, while still dealing with Grandmere (hee!), her parents, her father, and of course, being tailed by Lars everywhere she goes. ;-)
Though everything is tied up with a bow at the end, it's so great to see how the newly mature Mia handles everything - though she's still her spazzy self. ;-)
I have loved and enjoyed all of these books, and I had a big smile on my face as I turned the last page, feeling satisfied with the end of Mia's story.
If only we could have Mia: The College Years, but alas, it's not meant to be.
These are fantastic novels for any young adult girl - Mia is a great role model, which still being like every other girl: a geek, a nerd, an insecure girl, and everything else that every high schooler is.
I'll miss Mia, but I couldn't have asked for a better ending. Thanks, Meg! :-)