The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)

 
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The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)
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Age Range
12+
Release Date
September 19, 2000
ISBN
978-0061479939
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What? A princess

Me Yeah, right.

Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there's nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra.

Is she ever in for a surprise.

First Mom announces that she's dating Mia's Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn't have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance?

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Royally Fun
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4.7
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
I'm a big fan of The Princess Diaries, the movie, but had never bothered to read any of the books. I'm planning on working my way through the series now, because they are fun books to read.

This book is witty and fun. Mia's inner thoughts on boys, friends, and being a princess are at times hysterical. While the book is similar to the movie, there is much more to Mia's story. I can't wait to read the next one.
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A dream come true...or is it?
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4.0
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Many young girls have dreamed of becoming a princess (and, perhaps some young boys have dreamed of being a prince). Few of them get their wish. Statistically speaking, probably around 0.000002% of them do.


Mia is one of those "lucky" few. When she finds out that she is the sole heir to her father's throne, she completely flips out. It doesn't help that she didn't even know he was a prince to begin with.


As she suspected it might, her sudden princess status completely changes her life. Her grandmother (think Miss Manners meets the Terminator) sweeps into town and tries to mold her into a proper princess.


Just what is a proper princess?


Probably not someone who's mother is dating her Algebra teacher, or who's best friend produces T.V. documentaries and tries to boycott Asian delis.


Mia makes the best of it in the tradition of Bridget Jones and learns quite a bit about herself along the way. Check out the excerpt from chapter one of The Princess Diaries for a sneak peek at the inner workings of Mia's mind.


The book also captured the imagination of Disney; they are making it into a movie starring (among others) Mandy Moore and Julie Andrews.

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My expectations in life is to be invisiable...and I'm good at it!
(Updated: September 07, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
This book had me laughing! I loved this book! I couldn't put it down,meg Cabot has done it agian!!! I watched the movie as a little kid and as I was reading I imagined Anne hathaway, and Julie Andrews setting there during princess lessons and all through the book. Great book overall
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Great book for teens!
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good book
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
this is a great book and i loved it
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Mia finding out she is a princess
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Frothy, Light, and Royal
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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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Fun!
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4.3
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0
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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4.0
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4.0
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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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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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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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The Princess Diaries
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5.0
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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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A really entertaining book.
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4.0
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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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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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