I have been reading this series off and on for about as long as they have been published. When the first book was released, I was around the same age as Mia, although over the next 10 years I soon surpassed her in age.
This final (?) book in the series was one of the most entertaining of all 9 of the other books.
The main thing that has amused me all throughout the series is the fact that the characters continue to keep up with the celebrity gossip and technology of the present day. This meant that during Mia’s 9 years in high school she encountered the initial prevalent use of the cell phone, the first instant messaging systems, the rise and fall and re-rise of Britney Spears, the use of text messaging, and about four different sets of fashion.
Surprisingly enough all this change does not really make the story seem all that unreal. I admire Meg Cabot as a writer for capturing the attitude of a young teen girl over 9 years of real life.
This particular story, Forever Princess has a decided tone change from the other stories. This story takes place about two years after the previous volume. The rational is that Mia took two years off of journal writing to write a romance novel.
My theory about this supposed absence of two years of Mia’s life is that Ms. Cabot did not want to spend the next ten years writing about the next two years of Mia’s life. I think this feeling shows in how neatly she wraps everything up in one pretty package.
Overall though, this entire series is enjoyable and lightweight. It is a fun a different way of presenting a princess story to girls. Any girl age 13 or older should thoroughly enjoy the entire series.