Title: Princesses Don't Get Fat
Author: Aya Ling
Publication date: January, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Format: Digital ARC
You know when sometimes, you just want to read a fun, short story? Well, if you are, then Princesses Don't Get Fat might be just what you're looking for. When I first started reading this book, I was SO happy that it talked SO much about food! I'm a person who really loves food, and the detailed descriptions of the taste and smell just made me hungry most of the time. The main protagonist, Princess Valeria, loves to eat. She's constantly ordering her maids to get her that plate of cake, or that piece of cookie. When Princess Valeria can't find herself a prince to get married to, due to her being overweight, her mother is fed up, and sends her to the Royal Riviera Academy of Fighting Arts. Princess Valeria travels to Riviera with her two housemaids, and when they get there, Princess Valeria is shocked to know that her two housemaids cannot accompany her and will be working at another place for the time being.
It was fun reading how Valeria had to get accustomed to doing things by herself, like zipping her own dress (ooooh!). Though when the class started, I got annoyed at how unwilling she was at even trying to lose weight. I mean people should never try to lose weight to appease those around them, but I think it's important just for the reason of health. Anyhow, the funny thing is that after classes, Valeria would sneak into the Riviera cuisine, and just randomly start giving orders, and that's when her talent of smell and taste unfolds. Then, there is the crown prince. I really adored their relationship. It was so cute, and down to earth.
Overall, I think this was quite a cute, fun book despite it being remotely short. Aya Ling's writing is great. The flow of the book was good, and I liked how it always made you laugh or even crack a smile. The characters were really fun, and great to read about. I personally liked the message it delivered to girls, because you don't have to be skinny just to get a "man". That "man" should like you for who you are. As long as you do what you love, then that's what you should be doing. I might recommend this to younger teens, but even though I'm seventeen, I found myself laughing and enjoying it!