Thank you to Little, Brown Ink for sending me a copy of The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich in exchange for an honest review!
Lady Camembert wants to live life on her own terms, which is difficult when the law says women can’t inherit. But her dying father doesn’t want her to lose everything. On his deathbed, he makes one final proposal; “If you are not willing to marry a man… would you be willing to become one?”
To keep her inheritance, she disguises herself as a man. Along with her maid, Feta, she moves to the crowded capital of the Kingdom of Fromage. There, she tries to keep a low profile as the new Count Camembert. Going unnoticed is difficult, however, once she meets the beautiful Princess Brie, an outspoken activist and sharp dresser. As the two grow closer, will Camembert be able to keep her secret?
The best way to describe this new YA graphic novel is adorable. The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich is full of sweet romance and such fun art. If you aren’t into cheesy puns this may not be for you, but I dare you to read this with a straight face. I laughed and smiled the entire way through Deya Muniz’s print debut.
It’s clear that Muniz has great rom-com instincts. The way Cam and Brie must balance societal expectations with their own desires leads to some tough decisions, and you can’t help but root for them. While there are the expected misunderstandings and missteps, like any good rom-com the two achieve happiness in the end. They even use what they’ve learned, and their influential positions, to make the path easier for those who come after them. I’d be interested in another story set in the same world as The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich to see how their decisions affected their world.
The artwork is great as well. Muniz excels at comedic timing and exaggerated facial expressions and yet more serious panels don’t feel out of place. The colors are vivid and saturated, and there’s a ton of detail packed onto every panel. Muniz mentions in her bio that she consumes a lot of shojo, and the influence on her work is recognizable. Make sure to keep an eye out for Princess Brie’s hilarious dog, Gouda – you won’t want to miss her antics.
Fans of Muniz’s Webtoon series and newcomers alike are sure to enjoy The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Check it out if you’re looking for a quick read and a sweet, cheesy love story.
The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich is out now and available for purchase from your local independent bookstore or Bookshop.org.
This article was originally published on 5/9/23.
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