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The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  152,153 ratings  ·  3,144 reviews
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
Library Binding, 283 pages
Published June 26th 2001 by Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (first published 2000)
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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
Mar 31, 2008 Dawn rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Apr 14, 2008 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
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
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
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
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 :)
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. :)
Jonathan Contreras
Okay, this is actually really awkward that i read this girly book. But, it was better than i expected. Yeah, call me a loser, but I found this book to be a fun and a interesting book. Now, I know what girls think and what they talk about. This book has a big interest in love. Practically, all the main character, Amelia, talks about is love. So i'm not really into that. She's not the royal type, and she would rather be hanging out with her intelligent boyfriend, because that's what she really car ...more
Dan Jones
I began to read this book because I enjoyed the movie adaptation, so I figured the book might be entertaining enough. Despite the fact that it's target demographic is teenage girls, it was still fairly entertaining for me in a lot of ways, but there's a lot that I really hated about this book.

The basic plot is of a high school freshman girl, Mia Thermopolis, who was apparently too much of a ditz to have figured out that her father is royalty. He is, unbeknownst to her, Prince Phillipe Renaldo, r
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. And I bought it from a thrift shop (because I was too embarrassed to have it on my library record forever - o shameful truth) - so now I'm stuck with the damn thing. Please understand, I didn't expect this to be good literature. I just wanted fluffy escapism. Instead ...
Appalling racism! I-watched-Clueless-fifteen-times writing style and twee-speak! (Was the term "Betty" ever in vogue?) Wacky proofreading errors! The main character is a total idi
A slim, sassy novel bursting with pop-culture references and a hip factor that must've hit stratospheric heights of cool when it first debuted many years ago, Cabot's Princess Diaries hasn't aged too well... nor does it hold up particularly well when compared with the delightful movie based on its sugar-light plot that has since lodged itself into the heart and soul of every tweenager who grew up in the oh-so-tumultous early noughties. Cabot has a dry, sarcastic edge to her writing that helps th ...more
Chelsea Denisse
This book was surprisingly good

Characters: The characters were actually pretty lovable. Sure they had a couple mistakes, but I think thats what made them realistic, we have the smart one, the air head, the popular, the jerk, the music genius, and of course the not-so-normal girl. They were all very amazing for me, but they were missing something, I cant quite place my finger on it, but there was something they didnt have, that I feel, if they did have, they would have been perfect.

Plot: The plot
I can't remember if I read the whole book or if I stopped reading it b/c of the things that were being talked about in the book. Really raunchy for a book you think will be as cute as the movie.
We picked up the audiobook at a book sale and I was shocked at the amount of sexual content in the first 20 minutes. The book appears to be nothing like the cute disney movie.
Not for pre-teens!!
Norah Sumner
Apr 06, 2015 Norah Sumner rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: chick lit lovers,young adult readers
Recommended to Norah by: library lady when I was 12
Real rating: 4.5

Man,I really missed Mia Thermopolis.I read this book when I was in elementary school and I remeber that I really loved it so I picked it up from the local library this week hoping it won't let me down.And it didn't.What can I say,I'm a sucker for sarcastic and funny characters.But let me warn you-the movie is completely different from the book and I find the books way more realistic than the movie.Yes,it's a chick-lit,I get it,but her thoughts and most of the situations are very
I admit it, I saw the movie first. And I'm a fan. I like Anne Hathaway and I'm a sucker for Julie Andrews (she's just fabulous). It's a great little feel good movie that I watch whenever I catch it. That being said it did throw me for a little loop when I started reading the book. There are subtle changes, which are to be expected with location costs and such.

Mia is a great character. She's smart and witty and doesn't really realize she's smart and witty. She's also compassionate and has integr
I sort of missed the boat on this particular middle-school girl phase, probably due to my complete lack of interest in anything princessy that didn't involve at least some kind of family feud, bastard child or revolution, and I'm probably not going to read the other seven or so books in the series, but as I have admittedly seen the movie, I thought I'd give the book a shot.
For once, actually, I thought the movie did a better job. Mia Thermopolis of Cabot's book is immature, a stubborn young gir
Rebecca McNutt
Not the worst thing I've ever read, but the melodrama just got on my nerves and many of the characters were too generic and superficial to care about. Meg Cabot's writing style is humorous and vibrant though, so at least it had something to offer, although I highly doubt that I'll be reading it again.
Okay, so, I TOTALLY LOVED this book!!!
I already watched the movie like a billion times before reading the book, and they're so so SO different!!! WTH? In the movie it's technically another story.. Ahhhh!!!!!!!!!! I didn't see that coming!
I mean, they even changed Josh's last name! C'mon!
But still, the book IS awesome. It made me laugh my head off. Well, of course, it's Meg Cabot after all.. I can't wait to read the other books in the series.. (I should seriously stop reading series, btw..). Di
Jennifer Rummel
Re-reading this series prior to Royal Wedding!
Still as fantastic as I remember!
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