The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)

 
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I love the Princess Diaries. The book and the series. Though this review only covers the first book, I will say you should read the entire series even the half books. Yes, I said the half books too. Some people find them to be annoying, but I think they only add to the series. Okay, I'm digressing from my review of the first book so back to it. It's awesome guys. Truly awesome. It's Meg Cabot at her finest. You want to be Mia despite her wacky problems and her lack of chest size. Plus, Meg does a spectacular job with the other characters in the book as well especially in the guy department. But then when does Meg Cabot not deliver in that particular department? Seriously, I would marry any of the love interests she throws out for us readers to salivate over. But I think the best thing about Princess Diaries is that it's well rounded in both plot and character and while it's not preachy like a lot of books I have read it does send a good message about being yourself and what not.
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I wish I was a princess
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Reader reviewed by the book muncher

Mia Thermopolis is just an ordinary high school student that thinks her life sucks. Right when shes struggling through freshman algebra, she finds out that shes a princess of a small principality, Genovia, in Europe. Her father had testicular cancer, so now shes the only heir to the thrown. Not only that, but her mother and her algebra teacher, Mr. Gianini are dating. Her best friend Lilly Moscovitz doesnt understand why shes so upset about being a princess. She has to have a bodyguard follow her around school. All she ever wanted was a normal life, but now she has so much to endure, like Princess Lessons from Grandmère. Grandmère is very strict and harsh with her. Mia must attend Princess Lessons everyday after school and cant stand them.

With all of her problems, there is one good thing. Mia meets Tina Hakim Baba, and they become great friends. Tina also has a bodyguard, so they end up having a lot in common with each other.

The boy of her dreams, Josh Richter, asks her to go to the Cultural Diversity Dance with him. He even broke up with his popular cheerleading girlfriend, Lana Weinberger to do so. When they show up at the dance, Mia finds out that he was just using her to get publicity and end up on a magazine cover. Shes completely humiliated, but things start to look up when Michael Moscovitz, Lillys brother, shows up. They end up spending the rest of the dance together, and Mia starts to like Michael, and he seems to like her too.

This book is a thriller for teen girls. Meg Cabot portrays high school in a very interesting way that makes the book great. Mia goes through a bunch of struggles but gets the ending that she deserves. This book has a very romantic ending.
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She's always wanted to be a princess...NOT!
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Reader reviewed by Hannah

Mia has lived her whole life being a normal girl. Well that is until her dad drops the bomb that she is the heir to the throne of Genovia. Seems like every little girls dream to grow up and be a princess, but when Mia finds out she is furious! Told through her diary entries hilarious Mia tells the story oh how she finds out that she is a princess. I loved this book.
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The Princess Diaries
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Reader reviewed by Erica

The Princess Diaries
Meg Cabot


She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom&


NEWS FLASH: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo meets her at the airport!)


DOWNER: Dad can't have any more kids. (So there's no heir to the throne.)


SHOCK OF THE CENTURY: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.


THE WORST PART: Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmère, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.


Well, her father can lecture her until he's royalblue in the face about her princessly dutyno way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind.


But what's a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO?

So I've been wanting to read these ever since I had seen the movie and loved it, and I just hadn't had the time. I finaly decided to make time, and I absolutely loved The Princess Diaries (the book). It was such a cute, fun read. I would definately suggest them to everyone, especially those who loved the movie, because the books are 10x better!

It was kind of funny looking at the book (which was better, big surprise there (not)) and looking at all the changes the movie made to make it appeal more to the people.

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Where it all started
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Reader reviewed by K. Hager

To me this is the best book in the entire series. I had heard about the book and seen the pink cover at B. Dalton, but finally picked it up and fell in love with Mia and her world. I loved the descriptions of her room (which is why I was disappointed by the movie & why they put her in CA) and her school. And I liked how she had a self-depricating, yet edgy style, which was kind of lost in the movie as well.

I think the pink cover and tiara made the book seem like it would be very princess-y, but it was a much better read than I could have imagined with the father issues, single mom dating, etc. The movie was more princess-y and geared towards little girls, and I hope that doesn't keep readers away form this book.
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Fun!
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This story was delightful. If you've only seen the movie, you're missing out. As usual, the book is so much richer in content and nuance than the movie. :) Ms. Cabot delivers a fun, witty story with insights into family, love, and what it means to believe in yourself.
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So fun!
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Reader reviewed by Jordana

This book is perfect for light reading, when I can enjoy a book without thinking to much.  It is very witty and funny, and the story also interesting.  I will say it's SO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from the insipid (when compared to the book)  Disney movie.  I saw the movie first, when I was about ten, so I wanted to read the book.  I was a bit shocked, because there are some sexual themes in it, and if the movie was anything like the book it would be PG-13 for dialogue or whatever. And Grandmere would be a crazy biotch. But I'm older now (14) which is a better age for reading the Princess Diaries series, and I really am enjoying all of them.

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A really entertaining book.
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Reader reviewed by Sara E.



I have no idea why I didn't read this book sooner, but I wish I did! I guess I thought it was going to be cheesy or exactly like the movie. But its not! Even though Mia studied Genovia in school, she never realized the connection that her father is a prince there. When her father realizes he is sterile he visits Mia and informs her that he is the prince of Genovia, and that Mia is the only heir to the throne. Mia goes from being an outcast to a princess of a small Eurpean country, taking princess lessons given by her rude grandmother, and somewhat of a celebrity at school. This book is a lot more mature than the movie and deals with subjects that are somewhat relatable to the teen population. It's a fun easy read; Meg really gets the way teens think!

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Humorous...but Superficial
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Reader reviewed by Whitney Hwang

Originally, I read this book when it first came out in 2000. At that time, Ill admit, I was a bit crazy about it. I also read some of the later books in the series over the years, which were surprisingly as good as the first one. Recently, I reread The Princess Diaries, and rediscovered the joy if irony.

Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo is a freshman who, in fact, only referred to herself as Mia Thermopolis before, unknowing that she was a princess, and destined to rule a country one day. Shes feeling stressed. About many things, of course. Even for a princess, she worries a lot. Her algebra teacher is her mothers boyfriend, shes in a fight with her best friend, doesnt have a date to the Cultural Diversity Dance, is failing both in Algebra and her attempts to not be affected by her adversary, the most popular girl in school, and, worst of all, must have princess lessons with her grandmother (but of course, shes called Grandmere!). In this book of self-discovery, Miss Thermopolis is about to find out who she really is.

I enjoyed this book, although a bit bothered by the superficiality. Reality is what this book lacks, and humor is what it has plenty of, fortunately. Meg Cabot tries too hard in trying to think like a unheard teenage girl. She has almost satisfactorily portrayed how a freshman misfit might think. However, it was a bit over-exaggerated, which made it fun to read for its whims. This book needs less ranting and more description; it was hard for me to create an image in my mind of the setting. Put bluntly, there were no truly profound moments to be found in this book. All that there is to be read about is a teenager ranting about her life and then a wave of relief and exhalation as everything turns out alright at the end. Sappy and sweet, in other words. There were many funny moments, which I liked immensely, revenge-of-the-geeks moments. The irony of those incidents really helped me sympathize and yet rejoice with Mia. This whole book was greatly amusing and made me chuckle.

I recommend this book for upper-elementary and middle school girls or high-school girls who want to have a laugh.
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Royalty has a new name for humorous
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Reader reviewed by Agustina Gonzalez

For Mia Thermopolis being a princess is a living nightmare. Its not a fairytale when her secretive crush [Josh Richter] is dating her worst enemy [Lana Weinberger]. Not to forget that shes the total opposite of what a princess should be, but a plain geek. It just gets worst, shes failing algebra and her mom is dating her algebra, Mr. Mr. Gianini.




I have seen the movie so many times, when I found out that there was a book of it, I know I just had to read it.

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