Raiders of the Lost Bookshelves: Meg-A Readers Edition

After readingAwaken  I realized I’ve been reading Meg Cabot books for over a decade  I vaguely remember picking up Princess Diaries after  reading about the movie in some magazine, I want to say American Girl, but it’s been twelve years so….yeah.  Anyway, over the years I’ve collected lots of Meg Cabot books with lots of covers and with the way covers go in and out of style I have some well…rather interesting ones to look at.  Today, I thought I’d look at some of these covers since, you know, this is technically an my entry for the very awesome Meg Cabot Blog Hop.

What Does the Cover Tell Me: It’s pretty literal.  I get the message it’s a diary about the princess.  The background is also pretty plain too save for the tiara.  I actually think these covers have held up pretty well for the most part save for the ultra girly colors.  Grant it, book three might be a little cheesy but I’ve seen worse.
What’s the Book About: A girl finds out she’s a princess and unlike most girls she hates being royalty.
Has the Actual Story Hold Up: Yes.  Except a few of the pop culture references are out of date.  But overall,  I still enjoy reading this book.  I really think it was ahead of its time.  Most of the YA books that were released around the time Diaries was released were about a) teens dealing with crisis (either dead parents, eating disorders or pregnancy, b) were packaged serials,  or c) creepy memoirs.
I know this book was only published a few years ago, but before Princess Diaries was published this was the sort of crap you’d see in the YA section at the book store.  
Does the Cover Hold Up: I will say this is the one pink book I can take with me out in public and not feel embarrassed.
What Does the Cover Tell Me: Not much.  Just that it’s a romance novel that has some bad flower arrangements.  It could be contemporary or historical.  It’s really not that very telling.
What’s the Book About: All Payton wants to do is to be on a boat.  However, proper regency ladies aren’t supposed to do that or be in love with ship captains that are engaged.
Has the Actual Story Held Up: Um, yeah.  I really liked this one.  It’s just so much fun.  And yeah it’s a little unrealistic but it’s a romance.  Plus, the heroine is a take action sort of gal.
Does the Cover Hold Up: It’s alright.  It’s nothing special.  I think an awesome story like this deserves better.
What Does the Cover tell Me: This book is going to take place on 4th of July?  Is this Meg Cabot’s version of Independence Day.  Is Samantha Madison going to have to save us from the aliens like she saved us from that uber Billy Joel fan? Um, no.
What is the Book Actually About:  Sam and David are ready for the next step or are they?  Honestly, I should warn you this one is a bit like a PSA but it’s a Meg Cabot PSA so that makes it very tolerable.
Has the Actual Story Held Up: Actually, a lot better than I expected.  I’ll be honest.  This is probably my least favorite Meg book.  But I really appreciate it now a lot more than I did when I actually read it. In a genre full of slut slamming and promoting the virginity myth, Ready or Not gives some valuable information to teens concerning protection, sex, and just general healthy relationship advice.  Is it a little preachy, at times yes.  But I really like what Meg was trying to do here.  And I appreciate this book a little bit more every time Alexandra Adornetto publishes a book.
Has the Cover Held Up: It’s okay.  It’s not great.  I mean it’s pretty unremarkable, but you can bring it to an airport with you.
What Does the Cover tell Me: Is that supposed to be the moon?  And why does Jean have a glow about her and why is she wearing that ridiculous dress that makes her look like she should be about twenty-five instead of sixteen or whatever.  But I remember shiny=pretty in those days, so it’s not that surprising.
What is the Book Actually About: Jean is a forced to move to a new town in typical YA MC fashion where she finds out that her perfect extended family is hardly perfect after all.
Has the Actual Story Held Up: Yeah, it’s sort of your stereotypical paranormal, but it still fun in that campy Meg Cabot way.  Plus witches that don’t drastically change their appearance for a boy (well, sort of).
Has the Cover Held Up: No.  Revamp.  Revamp.  Revamp.  This cover to me is confused looking and it needs some updating really would help it.
What Does the Cover tell Me: It’s the librarian’s ball at Hogwarts.  And Mindy has decided to dress as some lady in red in literature because she wants to show off those toned shoulders of hers.  And why is she headed towards the restricted section?
What is the Book Actually About: It’s the sequel of Insatiable  where soap opera writer turned demon hunter Meena has to face her vampire ex and try to figure out what the deal is between her and that Thor look alike, Alec.
Has the Actual Story Held Up: Pretty good.  I sort of want a third one, but I was very satisfied with this ending.  I know a lot of people didn’t like who Meena ended up picking but I was Team Neutral so it really didn’t bother me. Though I really wish Meena would get a job at another soap opera.  This is me being bias though since my childhood dream job was to be a soap writer.  I even had a whole character named, Kasie,  made up who had been married five different times, had five children with six different fathers (it’s a soap opera after all) and she moves to town to get with the eighty year old patriarch who is actually a rival to her long lost father and her daughter is about to marry an arms dealer who her son…yeah, I watch way too much General Hospital. 
Has the Cover Held Up: It’s okay.  I really don’t think it mashes up too well with the first book, but by itself it’s not terrible offensive as time has past.  I love the dress.
What Does the Cover tell Me: It’s a Hans Underwear ad (note the way his hands are cupping her butt).  Actually, I remember reading some of the promotional stuff that Meg had for this book and she said something about it being her butt touching cover.  Which is pretty funny.  It does make a statement thought he background itself is a little loud to me.
What is the Book Actually About: A girl finally gets caught up in her lies while competing in a beauty contest of all things.  And what I really like about this book is even though Katie is competing in a beauty contest she still eats cookies.  Yay, for cookies!
Has the Actual Story Held Up: I haven’t read it in a while but I remember it being cute not that memorable.  But it might be more relevant today considering our cultures obsession with bad reality TV shows involving pageants.
Has the Cover Held Up:  Not so much.  I really didn’t like this cover to begin with.  I think if it was just the butt touching photo it would be okay.  The background cover just looks too bright.
What Does the Cover tell Me: Ugh, I really hate these covers.  Why is Suze wearing a midriff?  They were only popular in those late 1990’s movies where Drew Barrymore pretended to be in high school when really she’s a lowly copyeditor and falls in love with that dude from Alias.  And is that supposed to be Paul and Jesse in the background?  Uh, no thanks.
What is the Book Actually About: It’s the conclusion to the best YA series ever.  Yes, even after eight years this is still my favorite YA series.  If you haven’t pick it up now, what are you waiting for?    The book is about this girl who moves to California and falls in love with a hot cowboy who’s a ghost.  How can you not like this book?  Oh, and it has a love triangle that’s actually not creepy in the way most love triangles are creepy.
Has the Actual Story Held Up: Um, this is my favorite Meg Cabot book.  Need I say more?
Has the Cover Held Up: Not really.  I never really liked these covers though (I have cartoon phobia-thank you Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies), so I was sort of happy with the revamp for the omnibus editions.  Though the girl in a dress look really is cliche.
What Does the Cover tell Me: I actually thought this book was going to be about a fallen starlet before I read the summary.  And honestly a Meg Cabot book about a celebrity who went off the deep end could be sort of awesome.
What is the Book Actually About: A girl gets a brain transplant sort of like that movie Who is Julia? that Mia always talks about.  But instead of a model getting put into the body of an ordinary woman, a normal looking girl gets put in the body of a model.
And of course there’s also this book where a girls mind is implanted into a chimp.
Has the Actual Story Held Up: Oh, yeah.  This is another one that hits home more now than it did when I originally read it.  One of my biggest peeves in YA and really in the media in general is self image.  And I think Meg touches on these issues in such a great way without being preachy.
Has the Cover Held Up: It’s honestly still on trend.  It’s not my favorite though because I expect I’m going to get a book about a celebrity hitting rock bottom and having to move in with her parents who own a llama farm in Vermont.  Which is a book I actually sort of would want to read.
What Does the Cover tell Me: Ugh, another cartoon cover.  Curse, you Simon Pulse for making this a trend!  On the other hand, my copy actually has a sticker that it’s a book from the Kelly Ripa book club.  Who knew Haley Vaughn had a book club?  Or for that matter read Meg Cabot.  This is actually still one of my favorite contemporaries though.  And the sequel to this book has fantastic recipes that I used to make…you know, when I had time to cook.
What is the Book Actually About: This gossip journalist is tired of her job (honey, you’re a gossip journalist you could be doing much worse) and one day her neighbor is mugged and she meets her nephew becuase, well, someone has to watch the old lady’s Great Dane.  And sparks fly.  But there’s deception going on at the same time.
Has the Actual Story Held Up: Um, yeah.  Totally.  Though it’s more than a little ridiculous.
Has the Cover Held Up: Barf!  Cartoons that aren’t graphic novel/anime.
What Does the Cover tell Me: Ugh, Simon Pulse romantic comedy puke look alike was my first thought until I saw Meg’s name by it.  Seriously, I am glad the cartoon phase has gone away.  It needed too.  Then again, I’ll probably be raving about it when it becomes popular again.    Honestly though, if I didn’t see her name I’d think this some lame rom com about a girl learning how to ride motorcycles with the quasi lame new guy at school that the book tells us we’re supposed to love but…yeah.
What is the Book Actually About: A burnt out psychic ex boyfriend comes to find her in hopes she finds his missing sister that we didn’t know existed in the past four books.  Oh, and how did Jess get into Juilliard if she couldn’t read music?  For reals.  I really wondered how she would survive her music theory classes.  My sister has a masters in music and she still hates theory I can only imagine how someone who doesn’t know how to read music…digressing.
Has the Actual Story Held Up: Yes.  Definitely.  Though it’s not my favorite out the series it was the perfect way to conclude the series.  And plus, for what Jess decides to do with her non-psychic  career my mom does the exact same thing and I can actually see Jess being good at  that. Actually what I really like the most about this book is I think Meg wrote it for the fans.  The series had originally got cancelled after book four and finally she was able to convince her new publishing company to buy the rights so she could write a fifth book.  And you just have to appreciate that.
Has the Cover Held Up:  No.  No.  No.  Let’s forget the Simon Pulse cartoon phase ever existed.
On a side note, I’d like to thank The Romance Bookie and Little Miss Drama Queen for hosting this blog hop.  Glad to participate and check out their sites for some great giveaways.

3 thoughts on “Raiders of the Lost Bookshelves: Meg-A Readers Edition

  1. I see. I actually time released this one to be posted on the eighth (I have no idea it was listed for the seventh). I thought I signed up for the eighth and for the twenty-six. Sorry for the confusion.

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