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The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  166,127 ratings  ·  3,425 reviews
Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmere, 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 royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty - no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind.

But what's a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS
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Published July 26th 2005 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published 2000)
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Pirah Nooo, Movie made so many changes :'( Its good to read book and then you can watch movie for fun but book is just awesome
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
If you've seen the movie version, this book takes up about the first third or maybe half of the movie (from what I remember), but don't let that fool you into thinking nothing much happens in this book.

Mia Thermopolis lives in Manhattan with her artist mother Helen, going to a private school called Albert Einstein High and spending the summers with her father and his mother at her chateau in France. She knows they're rich, but she thinks her dad is just a politician. At school she's unpopular an
Jessica (priceiswong)
I first read this series YEARS ago but thought it was time for a reread with A Royal Wedding coming out this summer! I simply loved it! I thought maybe since I'm so much older I wouldn't like it as much, and that maybe I'd get annoyed even.. (Freshman Mia can be a little dramatic) but I didn't! It was perfect! Excited to continue reading on until the new book comes out! In some ways, I actually feel like I connect better with Mia now then I did before, not because I'm a princess secretly or beca ...more
Rachel Lightwood
Apr 11, 2015 Rachel Lightwood rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lame-humoured and easily-amused teen girls
Recommended to Rachel by: Read for a YA/NA Fanatics Group challenge
Note: contains spoilers.

Did you love this movie? 'Cause I did.

Decide that you should give the book a try? I mean it is only fair since you have seen the movie. Me too.

Want some advice? Don't bother.

Because I am assuming that you'll be picturing the amazingly gorgeous Anne Hathaway as the zany, hilarious and quirky American high school teen girl, turned accidental Genovian princess, like she plays in the movie...

And the beautiful Julie Andrews as the royal Queen with her helpful, benevolent, ca
I never got around to reading this when I was the protagonist Mia's age, and since the book and movie series became so popular, I recently decided to take a trip back to childhood and finally read this book. It was a quick read, thankfully, but I didn't find it nearly as endearing as the movie version (which is substantially different from the novel). The book seemed awfully light on plot and substance. Character development was minimal, and as a result, most of the characters (including Mia) we ...more
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Shannon (leaninglights)
Honestly, this book was a complete surprise for me! I had never read it (I know, I know) and I loved it!! So smart and clever and totally kick butt feminist. This book was so ahead of its time when it was first published. I don't know but I would guess there was backlash lol - I can't wait to pick up the next one and I definitely recommend the audiobooks as well. Anne Hathaway narrates the first three and she does an amazing job! :) I could try and nitpick and find something to critique but I ho ...more
Jun 04, 2014 Namratha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sheel Mehta
Say hello to Mia Thermopolis, 14 years old and frustrated with teendom and it's innumerable woes.

To jot down a few of her frustrations:
1) She is the tallest girl in her class, has feet like skis, is gawky, geeky and has a chestline that is flatter than a surfboard.
2) Her mouse-brown/dishwater blonde hair is 'triangular' in shape and has a rampant life of it's own.
3) She is a child born of wedlock, the offspring of a tempestuous college romance between the lofty Phillipe Renaldo of Genovia ( fict
Howdy YAL
To see full binge review of books 1-3 click here.

First things, first.

The outdated pop culture references are still hilarious. Though some of them are sot of sad/cringe worthy if you think about what has happened to some of the celebrities since the publication of this book. Also, I still need to watch some of those Lifetime movies that Mia mentioned like Why Me? I still haven’t been able to find that one yet.

Oh, well.

It was also hilarious to look at some of these characters due to spoiler purpos
I read the first 3 books in the series yesterday and I can't decide if I think they are clever and funny or obnoxious and pretentious. Maybe you will have a different opinion. I didn't relate much to Mia; everything she stands for annoys the heck out of stuff I stand for. But she is still kinda funny anyway.
C.B. Cook
Unfortunately, I couldn't finish this. I got ten pages in and I could not handle Mia's obsession with kissing and the size of her chest and half a dozen other disgusting things. I'll stick to the movies, thank you very much.
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars


This book is such a hallmark YA book that I felt like it was odd that I haven't read it yet. This book has so many fans, so I had very high expectations. Sadly, I wasn't really that impressed by this book.

I'm pretty sure every knows the plot of this book by now, so there's no need for me to rehash it. Mia is normal, then her dad tells her that she's a princess. Of course, Mia doesn't want to be a princess
O.k., this review is about Meg Cabot's books more than it is about The Princess Diaries. I just listened to The Princess Diaries on a road trip and thought it was way funnier than the movie (it was read by Anne Hathaway who did an awesome job). I've also been reading a few other Meg Cabot books over the last few months and I think she has a tallent for writing for teens and for making her characters say and do pretty funny things. But, I have big issues how many of her main characters seem to ha ...more
When I was offered with the opportunity to review the new 15th anniversary editions of The Princess Diaries, I immediately took it. Being 20, I grew up with this series, and count wait to re-read one of my favourite ever series!

I had actually forgot most of the events of book 1, The Princess Diaries, and was actually going off what the movies say. Oh, how wrong I was. First of all, Mia's father, Philippe, isn't actually dead. He's the person who tells Mia the truth about her birth and heritage,

Seemingly average teen, Mia Thermopolis' whole life turns upside down when she finds out she is the royal heir to the kingdom of Genovia. The situation is made worse when she is forced to take Princess lessons under the tutelage of her extremely critical grandmother - all Mia wants is to be a normal teenager.

I first read "The Princess Diaries" in junior high school. However, with "Royal Wedding" having been released this summer I thought it was time for a re-read. As before, I enjoyed this nove
This is a great book! I just started reading because I saw the movie, but this book is fantastic! It is a diary of a 14-year-old girl named Mia in New York City who thinks she is complete freak and invisible. She is given a hard time at school and even from her closest friend. But one day her dad takes her out to eat and tells her she is heir to the royal throne of a made-up, tiny European country called Genovia. Her life then takes off when everyone starts treating her different even though she ...more
Pre nekoliko dana,dok sam bila na Goodreadsu,sasvim slucajno sam usla na stranicu autorke Meg Kebot i prijatno se iznenadila kad sam videla da imam jos tri dela do kraja ovog serijala! Bas zato sam se ponovo vratila ovoj knjizi. Iako priznajem,jeste za tinejdzere,opustajuca je. Ponekad je lepo vratiti se jednoj od omiljenih knjiga iz tinejdzerskih dana. Probajte. I ako je to slucajno ova,necete se pokajati,obecavam :)
I did not like this book very much. I really thought this one would be super cute and charming but the only thing about this book I liked was the humor. Even some of that seemed forced!
Lets break down the reason I didn't like this book, because boy, do I have some things to tell you!
Issue #1
Our main character is super annoying! I can't even remember her name due to the fact that she just annoyed the heck out of me. ( I just remembered her name is Amelia!) I know the author wanted her to be u
This was definitely a case of the movie being better than the book. I was expecting something fun, not an oversexed mal-adjusted drama with a tiara.
I can't help but love this book. I just can't. Disney totally messed up the movie.
This is a really good book to start off the series!
Lolly's Library
Normally I abhor the Disney-fication of books when they are turned into movies; it seems sacrilegious somehow. However, I can honestly say that I like The Princess Diaries movie much more than I do the book. My nose wrinkled in disgust most of the time I was reading this book. The parents are annoying ciphers, as most parental figures are in the YA genre; the grandmother could've been funny, in a tart, European way, but instead she's just rude; Mia is a spoiled, self-righteous, self-obsessed jer ...more
Becky Johnson
I actually quite enjoyed this book with how different to the movie it is (of course). I love how Mia is actually younger than what I expected her to be (14) gives the author and the reader time to grow with this character and her many adventures of going through changes like, puberty, boyfriends, heartbreaks, choices, standing up for oneself, best friends, fights etc.
I love the message this book brings to young readers. I look forward to reading the other books.
Emm Geijer
Where do I start with this? Meg Cabot is the author that has had the most impact on my life. I started reading her books when I was 12-ish and have been enjoying her ever since - she's been with me through all of my teenage years. This is my first time re-reading the Princess Diaries, and honestly I think I appreciate this book even more now - Mia Thermopolis is such a great role model for young girls! She's a fantastic character and her story is filled with humor, feminism, quick dialogue and l ...more
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
I have always wanted to read this ever since I’ve watched the movie almost 15 years ago. When I learned that it was a continuous series having at least 10 books, I vowed that one day I’m gonna collect them. And now, half of that dream has come true! I've got Books 1-5 already and I can't wait to devour them all. I may not be a princess but now I have my own Kingdom of Books! Yay!

Princess Diaries was an interesting read, great for teens maybe, but still, holds a special spot in my heart. The tran
The Lady Inquisitor
This is my rating for this book:

Maybe 2 stars? No ...

Rereading these in May before the last book comes out. :) Eeek! Can't freaking wait! These books helped me a lot during middle school. :)
Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
In most aspects, the film was better. Anne Hathaway is perfect as the narrator too, though.
Sara Williams
The Princess Diaries!

I vaguely remember watching the films starring Anna Hathaway, but I was always curious to read the books to see how they played out. I picked up a bind-up of the first two volumes and read them on a row.

The Princess Diaries follows the daily life of Mia, who is 14, and suddenly finds out she is the princess of the Country of Genovia.
This series is so much fun! Also, absolutely page turners.
My main issue is how childish our main character can be, and how many pages are so utt
Kristine Pratt
Sometimes, especially when life is really stressful, I just want to go back and read something fluffy and fun. Princess Diaries is one of those books.

I first read this back when the movie came out, following up with as much of the series existed at the time. I'm happy to see that there are so many books to this now, and will enjoy going through the entire thing. Especially since life right now is stressful, as I said before, and these books are just fun.

Mia seems impossibly young in this story,
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