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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
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
Rachel Lightwood
Dec 01, 2014 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
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.
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
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
Mics *amante de los spoilers*
Dec 27, 2014 Mics *amante de los spoilers* marked it as tienen-prioridad
Shelves: young-adult
Acabo de enterarme (cortesía de esta review) que en el libro Mia ¡es feminista!

¡FEMINISTA! *estoy teniendo palpitaciones*. Así que como meta este 2015 SÍ O SÍ lo termino.

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.
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
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
The Lady Inquisitor
This is my rating for this book:

Maybe 2 stars? No ...

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!!
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
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
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
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
No me ha encantado pero he pasado un buen rato.
Esta es la historia de Mía, una chica de catorce años que vive con su mamá en Manhattan, (como en la película) pero NO, su papá no está muerto.
Mía es más fastidiosa pero a la vez más inteligente en el libro, es ecologista y feminista. Aunque no sabe de álgebra. Pero esto es interesante pues "al tomar apuntes de álgebra en su diario" tú haces un pequeño repaso. JAJAJA (aunque no lo crean yo lo disfru
Norah Sumner
Jan 25, 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 needed something quick and fluffy to read after rereading Mansfield Park. :)

The Princess Diaries is one of my favorite films, and it has been since I first saw it...about ten years ago now. It's so funny and charming and sweet and I can definitely relate to Mia. As a young teenager, after falling in love with the movie, I read at least the first five or six books in the series, and I remember liking them okay. (Liking them enough to own the first five, anyway).

So...I have to say that the book
Sharupa Azmal
This book is now on one of my best book lists ever. I mean it’s just so good. It has suspense and romance. There’s this girl named Mia and she faces some problems for herself like how she is different than all the other girls just because of her physical traits. Soon she finds out the most shocking news of her life and creates the turning point of the story since she can’t be herself anymore. The author keeps on continuing the story by creating mini conflicts and how at school she has to deal wi ...more
Kym Collar
Setting: contemporary NY, NY
Genre: YA, comedy
I enjoyed this book about a too-thin, too-tall, flat-chested 14 year old girl trying to adjust to high school, along with her smart, bossy best friend Lily. Her mother has given her a diary through which the entire story is told. She details her issues of liking the popular boy to whom she is invisible, being talked down to by his snotty cheerleader girlfriend, and dealing with the difficulties of algebra. Then her life gets really challenging when sh
Mia Thermopolis hates being one of the tallest freshmen in school, and she's flunking algebra. The dreamiest boy in school is dating the evil witch that constantly makes Mia's life difficult, and now she has to deal with the fact that her algebra teacher asked her mother out. And her mother accepted! Her mother gives her a diary into which she can write down her thoughts and feelings, and after some misgivings, Mia starts doing just that.

To begin with, her worries are just the ones outlined abov
Rania Mohemmane
"The Princess Diaries" by Meg Cabot is a very interesting and girly story about a girl named Mia Thermopolis. Mia is a very unpopular freshman, her parents never got married, and her mom dates her algebra teacher. Mia's dad tells her that he is the prince of Genovia and he can't have kids anymore so she will become the princess of Genovia. Mia doesn't want to be a princess. The best part about his book is that it's in first person and the author expresses her feelings really well. It was surpri ...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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