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The Princess & the Pauper

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  4,851 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
When a royal princess is dying to meet an American rock star she met online, she finds her near-twin and offers her $10,000 to swap places for one day. But the day doesn't go as each girl had hoped. The Princess Diaries meets The Parent Trap.--Romantic Times.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 12th 2003)
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Merna
I enjoyed this book so much at the age of thirteen. But if I re-read it again after a long time, I'll probably think it's crap. But I'll be nice, and rate it what my thirteen year old self would have.
Jay
Jul 05, 2009 Jay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, gouge-my-eyes-out
I knew from the get-go that this book wasn't going to be of high literary quality. What I didn't expect was that it would be so cliche and predictable that it almost hurt to read. I'm not a great Kate Brian fan, but having read her previous novel (The Virginity Club) and having heard some praise of her Private series, I expected something a little more interesting and less brain drivel.

Thoroughly unimpressive.
Kendra
Jun 25, 2009 Kendra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advisory-shelf
The princess and the pauper
by Kate brian
266pp USA
Children's publishing division
ISBN 9781416905202

This story is about two girls who have totally different lives or so they think but maybe their lives aren’t that different besides the matter that one is rich and one is not. Oh and I have to mention that they have same face. What else can these two do to get what they want read more and you'll find out.

First I would like to introduce Princess Carina, like any normal princess spoiled and likes to
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Reggie
Aug 03, 2009 Reggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought This book is the classic Cinderella-meets-Pauper type of story. When I gave it a try, I was expecting just another cliché plot; boys meets girls and everyone lives happily ever after. But boy I was wrong! The moment I read about Julia and her troubles, it immediately piqued my interest. How would someone as practical as Julia agree to something so impetuous? Why would a pretentious princess like Carina want to 'hook up' with someone she barely knew?

There were all these questions I had
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♻bella☮
Jun 12, 2008 ♻bella☮ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carina, a spoiled and ungrateful Vineland princess, went to America to give a speech at her grandmother's old high school. What she planned to do afterwards, though, instead of making visits to hospitals and such, she wanted to meet her email pen-pal romance, Ribbit, who is in a band. Be careful what you wish for, though- she gets trapped on the tour bus while simple poor (almost evicted from her & her mother's LA apartment) Julia, found while giving her speech at the high school, is taking ...more
Det
A very clichéd story about a princess fed up with her over protected life and a girl who is about to be evicted from their house because they're behind on their payments. They happen to look like each other and so a very overused plot begins.

It's has a very Disney-like story with lots of happy ending for everyone involved making it unrealistic and gag inducing to read. If you've read a book with the same story as this, you can skip reading this one. It's not very original and you can spend your
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Amy
May 31, 2010 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
hmmm.....wow....where to begin. I quite expected to hate this book, and in a sense I certainly wasn't thrilled with it. But perhaps I did find some things of interest.
Carina is the princess of Vinland, a small country somewhere in Europe, and has grown up with the best training "a country of two million can offer" or something like that. She is super spoiled, and finds a way to rebel against her parents (a caring, but exausted mom and a dad who is never there) by e-mailing with an American rock
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W.
Dec 18, 2011 W. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'd give this book two and a half stars if I could. It was an enjoyable book, but not as exciting and attention-grabbing as I had hoped. The narrative flips between Carina's and Julia's points of view; in the beginning I found myself wanting to rush through Julia's to get to Carina's, but toward the end I was more interested in Julia's story and had to force myself not to skim through Carina's chapters. Their characters/personalities alone weren't quite enough to keep me interested when their pl ...more
Kailia
Nov 12, 2010 Kailia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read Kate Brian before and I’ve heard of The Prince and the Pauper but this story was a tale all of its own.

Even though it was a lot like The Prince and the Pauper, it was a good story and a nice twist of changing the gender and of course the time period. The plot was very fast and to me it seemed a bit too fast. I mean I wanted a little more to the story but as the two girls were only changing their identities for one day, it was perfect.

The characters were quite believable but I just didn
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Megan
Sep 24, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Initially, I was skeptical going into in, because it sounded a little cheesy. I didn't find it cheesy, but really well written. The story took so many twists and turns, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Nothing was what I expected...it was even better! Also, the book was easy to follow even when Kate Brian would switch perspectives. I was able to fully understood, which character we were following.

The book switches between two perspectives, Carina (a princess) and J
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Scribblegirl
Uninspired retread of The Prince & the Pauper. It might have been cute, were Brian a better writer. I can't remember now exactly what I didn't like about Brian's writing, but from what I remember, it was trite, insipid, predictable and full of plot devices the literary equivalent of "it was in the script." The pauper character was more believable than the princess character, but not by much. I give this a lukewarm meh and hope that most teen girls have more sense than this book's princess ha ...more
Lila Cyclist
Apakah kau bisa memilih, terlahir sebagai putri kaya atau sebagai putri miskin? Saya rasa tidak.
Carina, terlahir sebagai putri raja kerajaan Vineland, Julia Johnson, sebaliknya, terlahir sebagai putri dari orangtua tunggal yang setiap saat dikejar kejar tagihan apartemen. Carina, sepanjang hidupnya bermimpi menjadi gadis biasa, tanpa dikekang aturan istana, Julia, bermimpi uang tidak lagi menjadi masalah bagi ia dan ibunya.
Kehidupan mereka mulai berubah ketika mereka bertemu di sekolah Rosewoo
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Debbie
A nice mix of The Parent Trap and The Princess Diaries, as mentioned on the front cover. It's YA-fluff, meaning it's not too in depth. I did like this better than Cabot's series, though, as the main characters were a bit more likable than Mia. Good and fun read to kill a few hours.
Angie
Jul 11, 2016 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The great switch, as I call it happen so that Princess Carina can be a normal concert loving person for one day. For that to happen Princess Carina and her best friend Ingrid asked for Julia's help. After some convincing and dire things that happened, the plan was hatched.

The switch between their lives was supposed to be a 24 hour deal but then a lot of misfortunes happened and yep, chaos.

The story was told in a dual perspective, Carina and Julia's. I relate more with Julia because I know how ha
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Arisa Dizon
A European princess, tired of her boring royal life wanted to hook-up with a rock star in LA. A poor girl in a rich girl school is desperate to not to be kicked out of their apartment. And so, with the abundance of money of one and the lack of the other created the cliché story of switching places. While it is so, it is a one-shot book that is surprisingly entertaining. If you want a fluffy book while waiting for your late friends, this is the very book you are looking for. And hey, you can lear ...more
Tamara
Jun 13, 2016 Tamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carina, princess of Vineland, comes to Los Angeles during a tour of the United States of America. After giving a speech at her grandmother's old school, Carina finds Julia in the school's bathroom. Ingrid, Carina's friend, is shocked when she notices how identical Carina and Julia look. Carina and her friend Ingrid, realize they have stumbled on a perfect opportunity to help Carina sneak away to meet "Ribbit" a rock star she met online. As an incentive, Carina makes Julia an offer of $10,000 if ...more
Kandra
Nov 03, 2010 Kandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it!

It's about two girls that are almost identical but there way different. Carina is the Princess of Vineland and Julia lives in California. So Princess Carina comes to California and switches places with Julia while she goes to meet Ribbit, a guitar play in a band, and Julia has to stay for a ball. At the ball she meets Markus and they fall in love. But then Carina and Julia come across some complications and Carina gets stuck on Ribbits tour bus and can't make it in time to switch back
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Patricia
The main characters of this book were Princess Carina, Julia,and Ingrid. It took place in L.A, and Vineland. Carina wanted to know how it felt to be a normal girl. So her and her best friend, Ingrid go to L.A. But the problem is some people know who she is and she has to go everywhere with her bodyguards. So when she goes to the bathroom she meets Julia. When Ingrid sees that they look almost exactly the same she has and idea that they should swap for the day so Carina can go to a concert. But ...more
Nur Fadilla Octavianasari
well-o , si putri dan si miskin . sesuai banget kok antara isi ama judul teenlit ini sendiri .
dan yah boleh ngaku gak nih? gw muali suka ama teenlit terjemahan . yah gara2 di rentalan tinggal itu yg bsa gw pinjem hahaha

yah si putri yang bosen banget ama hdupnya yg penuh aturan dan tuntutan, padahal jiwa mudanya lagi seneng banget mengembara *elah* memutuskan bertukar peran dengan si jule (cewe NY yang yah bsa dibilang nggak popular gt, dan terlampau miskin untuk bsa bayar uang sewa apartmen yg d
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Amy Watt
Jul 02, 2013 Amy Watt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, romance
I wanted to like this book. I really did. I liked The Prince and the Pauper, so I hoped that this would almost reach the same standard. It really didn't.

I know Carina (one of the main characters) is a princess and all, but she's so annoying and spoiled! I mean, who goes onto a random bus full of strangers?? I wanted to like her, too, as she has the same name as my mum, only with a 'C' instead of a 'K'.

The other main character, Julia, was better. But only just. She was a bit less selfish and a bi
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Jenny
Jan 09, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Modern take on the prince and the pauper. It's a fascinating concept to contemplate, that, somewhere out there exists practically a twin of everyone and that they will eventually get thrust together so that each, feeling that the grass is greener on the other side, finally realizes how good they really have it and come back from switching lives with lessons for the mind and gratitude for the heart. It's just not in any way believable and sometimes downright annoying to find this so common a them ...more
Angela
The character of Julia was pretty sweet, and I liked that she didn't immediately jump at the chance to be princess for a day - she was realistically wary, and when she finally agreed because she felt she had no choice, I liked how her determined personality prompted her to dig into studying her role, and even enjoy all that she was learning. I think I would really have enjoyed a book about Julia alone.

Unfortunately, Carina was a pain in the neck. Whiny, ungrateful, uninterested in her family, br
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Sabrina
Jan 03, 2011 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julia and Carina. Carina is a princess of the tiny country of Vineland. Julia lives in L.A. and is used to the city and all the excitement. They live in separate worlds and share nothing in common except their looks. They look exactly alike. So, when Carina starts her tour of the United States, she meets this guy online and immediately falls in love with him. She is going to America to meet the U.S. embassy, but secretly, she wants to go and meet her prince charming who is a rocker. Too bad tabl ...more
Biondy
Judul: Sang Putri dan Si Miskin
Penulis: Kate Brian
Penerbit: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Halaman: 272 halaman
Terbitan: 2004

Julia Johnson tidak seperti murid lain di Rosewood. Dia naik sepeda ke sekolah, bukan BMW. Dia pulang ke apartemen lusuh yang ditinggalinya bersama ibu dan kucingnya yang berkutu. Sementara cewek lain terobsesi pada kunjungan sang putri, Julia mati-matian berusaha mencari uang supaya tidak didepak dari apartemen jeleknya.

Lalu Carina, Putri Mahkota Vineland, datang ke Rosewood untuk
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Tori
2004- Doesn't it always seem like the other side has it better? Carina, crown princess of Vineland, seems to think so. When she comes to LA to give a speech at her grandmother's old school, she plans to sneak away from her handler and meet up with Ribbit, a ""rock star"" she met on the internet. When Carina figures out this is impossible, she thinks all hope is gone, until she runs into Julia Johnson, who's at the swanky private school on scholarship. Except for differing hair colors, the girls ...more
Trina Knittle
This was a decent typical ya novel. I will admit there were parts that weren't so cliche as I thought it was. I really took a liking to Julia. WHen I first started reading this book I found myself having questions and wondered if they would be answered by the end. I am happy to say it was answered all by the end of the book,. It was fast paced and very easy to get.
Mary Taufahema
I read this book about 5 or 6 years ago. I liked it. It wasn't my favorite but I thought it was still cute. It just didn't really capture my attention... It took me longer to finish at the time because it was kinda boring. But overall, it's a good book for middle schoolers or freshmen in high school.
Tashonda
Mar 24, 2014 Tashonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun story and I was interested the entire time reading it. It is geared more towards teenagers but I'm a college student and was able to enjoy it. The tone of the book reminded me of my oblivious teenage years so that's probably why I was able to relate so well. Five stars from me!
Tayyaba♥♫
THis book was about Julia who is a teen who lives in a run down appartment with her mom and a very spoiled Princess named Princess Carina. Carina wants to go to LA by herself but her mom (the queen of some country i forgot) won't let her thinking it's dangerous. Julia is another girl who doesn't have a lot of money and they're about to be kicked out of their appartment. When Carina discovers Julia from the help of her friend she tries to switch identities with her for a day but Julia refuses unt ...more
Lizbeth
Julia Johnson and Carina, two differnt poeple living in oppisite ends of the world yet they look so similar. One the Princess of Vineland the other an L.A. girl who struggles with finacal problems and a scholorship to Rosewood. Thougth they deny thier similarities others think otherwise, so when Carina and her friend Ingrid need a way to have her escape for one night to going to a concert they come across Julia. Ingrid quickly comes up with a plan to have Julia pose as Carina of one day offerrin ...more
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Kate Brian is the author of the SHADOWLANDS TRILOGY (SHADOWLANDS, HEREAFTER & ENDLESS), as well as the New York Times bestselling PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE series, and the wildly popular MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS. She also writes teen fiction under the name Kieran Scott.
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