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 no heir to the throne.)

Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of...more
Library Binding, 283 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Turtleback Books (first published June 1st 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...more
Dawn
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
Namratha Kumar
Jul 31, 2008 Namratha Kumar rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Sheel Mehta
Meet Mia Thermopolis. 14 years. Frustrated with teen-life and its innumerable woes. Namely:
1> She has feet like skis, is the tallest girl in her class and is flatter than a surf-board.
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 out of wedlock and is being brought up by her mother, the scatter-brained, avant-garde artist Helen Thermapolis. Who by-the-way is dating her algebra professor, Mr.G.
4> She regularly ge...more
Mary
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.
Rachel Lightwood
Oct 25, 2013 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...more
Karen
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
Skedatt
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.
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
Julia
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
Shawne
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
Sophie
This is a really good book to start off the series!
Chelle
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...more
Natalie
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...more
skein
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...more
Ruth
I read this book prior to working through it with an 11 year old pupil. The cover and blurb led me to believe that it was innocent and suitable. I was a bit shocked to discover references to sex and perverts in a book that appears so innocent, pink and fluffy. However, it would be a good read for older teenagers as it raises very interesting questions about how and why we choose our friends and how to deal with some of the less pleasant characters in life. The "princess" doesn't want to be. She...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...more
Abby Johnson
Anne Hathaway does a MARVELOUS job narrating this audiobook. Seriously, she had me laughing out loud. It's a funny story to begin with - Mia's trials and tribulations when, at 14, she finds out she's the princess of a wealthy European nation called Genovia. Mia's a relatable and hilariously flawed character with a great heart. Anne Hathaway's reading adds to the humor and gives the listener a great connection with the story. Highly recommended.

Full review on my blog: http://www.abbythelibrarian...more
Amy
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.
Kristin
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!!
Emily Durrant
I really liked this book. It is way better than the movies. The book was good at making you feel like the main character. Her name is Mia and her story is about surviving high school. Mia gets picked on a lot, but then when her dad tells her that she is a princess, it makes it worse. Which I think she really overreacted. Plus she acted like a brat. Mia was so scared to tell her best friend about the news, but when she told her, Lily supported her. Towards the end, Mia grows to accept who she is...more
Christina G
In order to have enjoyed this, I would need to change three things about myself:

1. Become 12 again and be trying on a girly-girl persona.
2. Ditch any consciousness of how racism and privilege work.
3. Not think things like, "if she kept escaping to the bathroom to write diary entries as LONG as this, people would assume she had digestion issues" and "there's no way even a fancy Manhattan loft is sound-proof enough for you to learn guitar without your family members overhearing."

But I can see how...more
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Mia Thermopolis is a fourteen years old girl attending Albert Einstein High School and best friends with Lilly. Like a typical teenage girl, she is dealing with teen issues .. from stupid bullying girls to one-sided crushes. Even more she is failing Algebra. On the personal side, her mom and dad got divorced after her dad announced her got cancer in his ... ahm! reproduction parts and can't have kids anymore. Now her dad comes to visit and delivers such a bomb on her. That bomb is that she is th...more
Callie
Wow. I thought this book was pretty good, all in all, but WAY different from the movie. I mean, I know the book was written first, but I can't help feeling that the book should've been more like the movie. I wonder if I had read the book first if i would feel differently. But the movie was better in my opinion. The book didn't swear a whole lot, but the things they talked about were kind of off. Definitely not family-friendly. I didn't like Michael. I thought he was kind of...idk. but he didn't...more
Nina ♥
Mia Thermopolis is a girl who lives in Manhattan with her mother Helen. She's the "freak" of the school. As if being a teenager wasn't hard enough, she's flunking Algebra and her mother and Algebra teacher start going out. Worse: she has no breasts, her hair looks like a yield sign, and her feet are like surfboards. Even worse: she and her best friend, Lilly, are no longer on speaking terms. WORST: her dad just told her she's a princess. EVEN WORST: she has to take princess lessons with her much...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...more
NebraskaIcebergs
Sometimes seeing a movie can ruin reading the book. Or sometimes a book just is not good. I suspect the latter is true of Princess Diaries.

True, I admit that I saw the movie first and so came to the book with certain expectations. For example, I envisioned reading about how tough becoming a princess can be for us average people but how sweet Mia overcomes the challenge with awkwardness and humor. I also anticipated reading pages upon pages about how Mia is trained in all the proper royal etiquet...more
El Templo de las Mil Puertas
"Mia cree que su vida no puede ir peor: es altísima, plana, va a la clase de los novatos, suspende álgebra, su madre sale con su profesor… y ahora, además, tiene que escribir un diario porque se supone que necesita desahogarse de algún modo y contar sus sentimientos. Mala suerte para ella, que cree que escribir un diario la hace aún más pringada, pero buena para nosotros, que podemos leerlo y reírnos de su peculiar modo de ver la vida. Lo cierto es que Mia parece tener una imaginación hiperactiv...more
Andreia Silva
Tendo já visto (e revisto) o filme da Disney adaptado deste livro sabia perfeitamente aquilo com que contar. Apesar de me ter apercebido, logo desde o inicio do livro que havia muitas diferenças entre a história escrita e a versão cinematográfica.

Mas isso até nem foi um ponto contra porque, na realidade, acabou por me surpreender ainda que fosse uma surpresa bastante reduzida. O cerna da história é basicamente o mesmo: Mia-banal-é-uma-princesa-porquê-eu!

É um livro escrito tipicamente com a inten...more
Allyson (Belle)
So don't get me wrong, I loved this book, but I think I would have enjoyed it so much more if I had read it before I saw the movie, or at least before I memorized the movie lol. The movie is one of my favorites and in the past ten years since it came out, I have pretty much completely memorized it since I've watched it so many times. I still really liked the book but I was just a little disappointed in the differences between the book and movie, where I actually think I liked the movie more.

(vie...more
Megan Revette
I love Meg Cabot books just because they're so girly and relatable and cute :-) This one was kind of corny, they all kind of are actually but I love it. I'm in love with love stories and stories about love and romance and flirting and this is totally one of those books. It doesn't feel like you're reading a book, it feels more like you're going through a girl's secret diary that you found under her pillow, unlocked and went through. It's so fun, so many parts just make me laugh because she's sos...more
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

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