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Cabot, Meg. The highs and lows of being Mia.

CABOT, Meg. The highs and lows of being Mia. (The Princess Diaries, Volumes III and IV.) HarperCollins, Avon. 422p. 0-06059001-7 $13.99. JS*

These two volumes (here in one book) were reviewed separately in hardcover in KLIATT. Volume III was reviewed in March 2002, and Volume IV was reviewed in March 2003. Summaries from those two reviews follow.

In volume III, Princess Mia is back, still struggling with life as a freshman at Albert Einstein High School and her crush on her best friend's older brother--not to mention the responsibility of being the heir to the throne of Genovia, a small European country. Her trials and tribulations in this latest outing include her mother's pregnancy (she's now married to Mia's algebra teacher), princess lessons from her imperious and scary Grandmere, and her boyfriend Kenny, who is wild about her though she isn't wild about him.

In volume IV, Mia reluctantly spends Christmas vacation in Genovia attending official functions (straying somewhat from her prepared Christmas Eve speech by proposing parking meters for the country), receiving more dreaded lessons in becoming a proper princess from her imperious grandmother, and pining for her boyfriend. She isn't overly impressed with herself for being a princess (though she notes "scepter excellent for pushing back cuticles"), and makes fun of her playboy royal cousin Rene, whom her grandmother sees as a suitable escort for her and she views as a pest. Back in New York, Mia and her friends try to come up with a role model for romance (Jane Eyre, perhaps?), while Mia worries she has no talents at all. Needless to say, all ends happily. Fans of the series will be delighted to have more of Mia, and her chatty voice continues to charm. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT
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Date:Nov 1, 2004
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