#ThrowbackThursday: Middle Grade Mini-Reviews 2

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Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Moving Day by Meg Cabot

Allie Finkle is a fourth-grade geode collector and best friend of crybaby Mary Kay until her parents announce that they are moving across town, meaning she will have to go to a new school, make new best friends, and get rid of her geode collection. Allie, determined to not move to a possibly haunted house, does everything she can to stop the move.

I absolutely LOVED this book. Allie Finkle was a hilarious protagonist with sass and spunk. All of the characters were very realistic and every situation Allie found herself in was fun and interesting! After reading this book, I’m definitely interested in reading more books in the series to see what happens to Allie. I give this book five out of five stars.

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot

Middle schooler Olivia Grace’s world is turned upside when she finds out her sister is Princess Mia Thermopolis, meaning she is also a princess of Genovia. Olivia Grace’s dream comes true when she has the chance to meet her dad and live with Mia and him in Genovia. Things get complicated when her guardians refuse to release custody.

I think younger readers who have never read The Princess Diaries series will enjoy this book, however I had some problems with it. I think the protagonist, Olivia Grace, is adorable, but doesn’t have as much personality as some of Meg Cabot’s other characters. I think most of the book was a sequence of events used to set up the rest of the series. That being said, if you read the final Princess Diaries book, I’d probably skip this one because this book is pretty much identical to the ending of Royal Wedding. I give this book three out of five stars.

Sincerely by Courtney Shienmel. 

Sincerely by Courtney Shienmel consists of two books (Sincerely, Sophie and Sincerely, Katie) and follows two 11-year-old pen pals, Sophie and Katie. In Sophie’s story, Sophie deals with her best friend ditching her for a different group of girls and her parents’ divorce. Then, Katie struggles to gain attention from her parents and best friend while organizing a charity run for an earthquake in Mexico.

When I picked up Sincerely, I was expecting a fluffy and lighthearted book, but it was much deeper than that. Both Sophie and Katie struggled with extremely real problems and both of their stories were very character driven. Every character was multi-dimensional and greatly added to the story. This book does have one minor swear word, so if you are a parent and aren’t comfortable with this, then I wouldn’t recommend buying this book for your child. I rate this book four out of five stars.

Final Countdown Friday: Meg Cabot

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Day 5 of Blogentine’s Day where I countdown the books by one of my favorite authors

I started reading Meg Cabot’s books in elementary school, starting with the Princess Diaries series. I remember going to the store and my mom let me pick out a book. I already had the first book in the series, my sister chose the second book, and I picked the third (probably because it was pink).

The third Princess Diaries book

Whenever I want to read books with a light and fluffy romance, I always grab for Meg Cabot. I’ve reread her books a few times and love them more each time that I read them. Here is a countdown of my favorite young adult Meg Cabot books (excluding the Abandon series, the Mediator series, Vanished, and Jinx):

9. Airhead series

I like Emerson Watts, but she isn’t my favorite Meg Cabot character. I also wish this was more of a standalone novel. I’ve only read 2/3 of the books in this series and while I do want to know how it ends, I never find myself going out of my way to read it.

8. Pants on Fire

I really like the main character Kate in this book because she isn’t the typical Meg Cabot character. I like the story line and relationship in this book, but it isn’t my favorite and I don’t find myself rereading this book as much as some of Meg Cabot’s other books.

7. How to be Popular

Since many of Meg Cabot’s characters scoff at popularity, it is refreshing to see a character who strives for popularity. How to be Popular is a fun, quick read that I remember rereading every year that I was in high school.

6. and 5. Nicola and the Viscount/Victoria and the Rogue







I read both of these books when I went on vacation to the beach and they were perfect beach reads. Both are historical fiction books that follow similar plots. They are the perfect romances to read when you want a quick and light read.

4. Avalon High

I really like reading Avalon High over and over to pick up on little details that I didn’t notice the first time around. I love how Ellie refuses to believe her role is over in the story and fights until the end. There’s also a Disney movie based on this that definitely doesn’t do this book justice.

3. Teen Idol

Every time I read Teen Idol, I laugh out loud. All of the characters will remind you of someone you went to high school with and everyone has though about a movie star coming to their school. I really like the less obvious love interest and Jenny’s compassion for others.

2. All-American Girl series

I reread All-American Girl at least twice a year. There are only two books (so it is a lot quicker to go through than the Princess Diaries) and it always makes me laugh out loud. I love how Samantha realizes who she really is and stands up for herself at the end.

  1. Princess Diaries series

The Princess Diaries and All-American Girl are very close in my book, but the Princess Diaries wins out because I love seeing Mia grow from the awkward girl in high school into a leader who takes control of her own life. I’ve always identified with Mia’s character and appreciated her relationship with Michael.

What is your favorite Meg Cabot book?