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The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)

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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, t
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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
Rachel Lightwood
Sep 23, 2013 Rachel Lightwood rated it it was ok  ·  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
Cait • A Page with a View
This is WAY different than the movie. Mia's personality is younger and sillier, but it became less irritating and more endearing after a bit. I still mostly just wanted the book to be over, though.

I didn't realize this plot only covered like the first half of the movie and that so many things had been changed... and changed for the better. Basically, skip the book and stick with the movie (unless you're in middle school because then you might like the narrator and this series way more).
Jessica (priceiswong)
Sep 14, 2012 Jessica (priceiswong) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Mar 30, 2008 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, ya
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
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
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Jul 31, 2008 Namratha rated it really liked it  ·  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
Ack, this is a little awkward, but I was actually kind of disappointed by the book. I think Rachel explains it really well in her review -- we just had certain expectations from the book based on having seen and loved the movie, and the book kind of fell flat in comparison. The main character was incredibly juvenile and whiny (okay, I get it, she's 14, but still), she kept talking about how she didn't have any breasts, and none of the other characters were that likeable, either.

Buuuut I will pro
Melissa Veras
Feb 04, 2016 Melissa Veras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely LOVED this! Okay, so I wasn't really planing to read this ever, because I was quite satisfied with the movie and I've heard that the books were really different. But then, Shannon from Leaning Lights (booktuber) how cute, fun they were and I find it really cheap on Thrift Books and they gave me a 20% discount because of my birthday, and I had to buy it, OK? xD But it was such a good decision. I'm still surprised that about how much I enjoy this story. I laugh out loud multiple time
Apr 02, 2011 MJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 14, 2008 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-juv
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
Jun 20, 2015 C.B. Cook rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, me-no-likey
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.
Isa Lavinia
Jul 16, 2010 Isa Lavinia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, owned
Now that I've reread it as an adult I have to raise it from a 3 to a 4.
I can't believe how many jokes went over my head as a kid! This was really funny!
BAM The Bibliomaniac
This book was absolutely charming! Audiobook with Anne Hathaway as narrator; her voice was perfect for a high schooler. Not exactly like the movie, but still a great read. Mia is an engaging teenager, really amusing.
Aug 13, 2012 Asha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I remember seeing the movie adaptation of this book when it came out in 2001 and being absolutely mesmerized by the depth of Anne Hathaway's brown eyes and the luxuriousness of her long brown hair. To tell you the truth, I am still not over that woman. Watching as her hair was brutally shorn off in Les Mis did something to me. Anyways. I read the first three books in this series a long long time ago and it has come to my attention that there are eleven books so I have a lot of catching up to do.

Jul 12, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, it's not like the movie, but it definitely was a fun read.
Jun 02, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much fun! ^^
Jan 16, 2017 C-shaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Auk! What a klutz I am. I thought I was purchasing _The Princess Bride_, a book I've long wanted to read since I loved the movie and it's so iconic, but had a senior moment and bought this instead. Oh well, I'll keep reading and see if I can stand it. . . .
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Yes, I could stand it and enjoyed it quite a bit. The premise is silly, of course, but the characters are cute. Main character Mia (aka the Princess) is a dear and the reader can't help liking her and sympathizing with her. Nice book.
Jan 07, 2015 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Reread February 2016. This book is so great, even the second time round. I love how intelligent Mia is, but still gets to worry about things like boys and hair and stuff, because you can be care about that stuff as well as Greenpeace and that's cool beans.

First Read: March 2015.

SO FUN! I loved this. I actually prefer book Mia to film Mia, because she is so hilarious and clever. I started reading this because I couldn't sleep, which was a mistake because I ended up reading most of it and not ac
Elizabeth Mathis
Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there's nothing worse than being a five-foor-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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Rating: 3/5 Penguins
Quick Reasons: sometimes witty, mostly annoying main character (sorry, Mia, I just didn't l
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library

Mia Thermopolis’ extraordinarily ordinary American teenage world is thrown upside down when she finds out she is the one and only heir and Princess to the throne of Genovia, a small but rich country bordering France.

I have to say, I know Genovia’s totally fake – I mean, what country can afford not to tax its citizens because it can rely on the money it makes from tourism to fix repair its infrastructure and fund its sc
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,
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

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
Mar 19, 2009 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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This was hilarious and even though the movie was good it left some of the funny parts out.
Mar 31, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I absolutely loved this movie when it came out! I'm sure that most of you can relate. But I love the book even more so most of this review is me gushing about how great it is.

This was written in journal format, which was a really nice change of pace from the types of books I've been reading lately. If you're looking to read something light, witty and girly, this is the one for you! I read it all in one day, it's really easy to fly through.

This is technically a re-read for me, but sin
Jan 21, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Emm Geijer
Jun 10, 2013 Emm Geijer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun
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