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The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries

by Meg Cabot

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Series: The Princess Diaries (1)

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I have been meaning to pick up this series for a long time, and since the first adult novel in the series just came out I figured it would be a great time to start and then just keep reading. The Princess Diaries book, I am happy to say, is nothing like the movie. I am so happy when the book is so much better than the movie and in this case it really is.

Obviously, same premise - Mia is an outcast and suddenly learns she is a princess but a lot of the movies big changes are just that. For instance, Mia's grandmother - kind os a crazy person in the books (at least so far). I really enjoyed reading this one, I flew through it. It is in the format of diary entries and so they are short excerpts of Mia's life and what is happening to her and the world as she learns about her new great responsibility.

She is everything you think she will be in this book - nerdy, quirky, angsty, frustrated - it is every real teenager only this is tenfold because now she is a princess and she hates the thought of it. She just wants to hide and get through high school. I honestly don't blame her.

I already grabbed the next one from the library and will be jumping in soon. ( )
  sszkutak | Oct 2, 2015 |
Chic lit! always a good distraction! light read! and as usual Meg Cabot did a good job! ( )
  bookandink | Aug 19, 2015 |
Christ, this is the dregs! WHY IN GOD'S NAME did I like these? Review to come with some of the "highlights". ( )
  thebookmagpie | Jul 14, 2015 |
A fun YA where ordinary fourteen-year-old Mia Thermopolis learns that she is a princess in a small European principality. At first this knowledge just makes her life harder, giving her one more thing to worry about on top of stress over flunking algebra, worrying that no boy will ever ask her out, and dealing with the mean girl at school. But eventually the things she learns as her grandmother helps her learn to "be" a princess also help her with her ordinary teen problems too. I thought the particulars of the princessness could have been more fleshed out, especially given that that was the premise, but the story was nice anyway. The book is full of pop culture references, and I wonder what a kid reading it today would make of them (it was published in 2000). Some of them made me stop and think now, fifteen years on, and I was the perfect age to have been aware of all of them at the time. ( )
  lycomayflower | May 22, 2015 |
This book would be good to use for silent reading time and to discuss unexpected changes in life. I think students would like this book because everyone wants to wake up one day and be a princess. ( )
  Kate_Schulte078 | May 4, 2015 |
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Mia Thermopolis. An exciting, clever (yet flunking algebra), but perfectly average girl. Will she be able to be a royal like her father wants her to?
Mia is a perfectly normal 14 year old, average at school, average on the popularity scale and average parents. Or are they? One day her Dad unexpectedly invites her for lunch at a fancy restaurant where he tells her something that will change her life forever. She finds out that her father is the Prince of Genovia and that she is the heir to the throne. Her Grandmere, the Queen is upset when she declines this fabulous offer and says that she can't rule anything. Will she be ale to convince her parets that this is not what she wants? Or will they simply force her and she'll end up with a whole country under her wing? We found this book to be incredibly exciting and intense at certain moments. It had many twists, turns and jolts, making the book enjoyable to read. We would definitey recommend this book to teenagers mainly females.
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"Whatever comes," she said, "cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it." A Little PrincessFrances Hodgson Burnett
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Tuesday, September 23 Sometimes it seems like all I ever do is lie.
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Mia Thermopolis is about to discover the truth about her heritage. The secrets that have been kept from her ever since she was born are about to unfold in view of the entire world. The day her father arrived is a day she will never forget. While dining with her father, Mia is told that her father is indeed the Prince of Genovia. Mia has always kept a diary and now more than ever she writes her feelings and thoughts. There are so many issues that she is dealing with: the fact that her father is a Prince, her mother is dating her Algebra teacher, her best friend has disowned her.
She tries to keep her acquired “royalty” a secret but someone has informed the press. She must now face her peers and learn how to be a princess. The boy she has always had a crush on now pays her attention and Mia does not realize until it is too late of his intentions. With help from her best friends’ brother and close friends, Mia rises to the top with a new confidence.
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Mia Thermopolis is your average urban ninth grader. Even though she lives in Greenwich Village with a single mom who is a semifamous painter, Mia still puts on her Doc Martens one at a time, and the most exciting things she ever dreams about are smacking lips with sexy senior Josh Richter, "six feet of unadulterated hotness," and passing Algebra I. Then Mia's dad comes to town, and drops a major bomb. Turns out he's not just a European politician as he's always lead her to believe, but actually the prince of a small country! And Mia, his only heir, is now considered the crown princess of Genovia! She doesn't even know how to begin to cope: "I am so NOT a princess.... You never saw anyone who looked less like a princess than I do. I mean, I have really bad hair... and... a really big mouth and no breasts and feet that look like skis." And if this news wasn't bad enough, Mia's mom has started dating her algebra teacher, the paparazzi is showing up at school, and she's in a huge fight with her best friend, Lilly. How much more can this reluctant Cinderella handle?

Offbeat Mia will automatically win the heart of every teenage girl who's ever just wanted to fit in with as little fuss as possible. Debut author Meg Cabot's writing is silly and entertaining, with tons of pop culture references that will make teens feel right at home within her pages. This is a wonderfully wacky read. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

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Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.

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