cover image The Quarantine Princess Diaries

The Quarantine Princess Diaries

Meg Cabot. Avon, $8.99 mass market (336p) ISBN 978-0-06-329193-5

Bestseller Cabot’s charming 12th foray into the world of the Princess Diaries (after Royal Wedding) injects levity and light into life in lockdown. The conceit is this: at the height of the Covid pandemic, Princess Mia Thermapolis of Genovia shared select portions of her diary with Cabot, her royal biographer, first published on Cabot’s blog and now expanded into this full-length volume, detailing how Mia’s crazy family coped during quarantine. Though being stuck in the Genovian royal palace isn’t the worst fate—and Mia does love getting to do diplomacy in sweats over Zoom calls—Mia feels overwhelmed running the principality when all she really wants is some alone time with her husband, Michael, who’s been forced to self-isolate after exposure to the virus. Meanwhile, her grandmother recklessly declines to stay at home and her relatives still scheme to steal her throne. There’s an unabashed silliness to the proceedings, with Princess Mia’s oversized imagination and anxiety driving most of the drama. Cabot successfully finds joy in a difficult time. Agent: Laura Langlie, Laura Langlie Agency. (Mar.)