The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)
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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 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 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
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
Namratha
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...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.
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.
Sophie
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
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
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!!
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
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
Howdy YAL
I love the Princess Diaries. The book and the series. Though this review only covers the first book, I will say you should read the entire series even the half books. Yes, I said the half books too. Some people find them to be annoying, but I think they only add to the series. Okay, I'm digressing from my review of the first book so back to it. It's awesome guys. Truly awesome. It's Meg Cabot at her finest. You want to be Mia despite her wacky problems and her lack of chest size. Plus, Meg does...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
Rym
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...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
Kristin
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...more
Malin
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...more
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
Helle
My oldest daughter is not a big reader, which is surely some weird genetic/cosmic joke, and I’ve long since given up trying to make her into one. She has a tendency to drift off when she reads and has difficulty staying focused. Someone suggested that she read aloud instead, and so she and I embarked on this book, taking turns to read and listen. I was a bit uncertain about it since English isn’t her mother tongue, but she loves the English language and is pretty keen on trying to improve her sk...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
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
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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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“Lilly says I have an overactive imagination and a pathological need to invent drama in my life.” 181 likes
“Needless to say, the fact that he actually spoke to me at all practically caused me to pass out. And then the fact that he was actually saying something that sounded like it might be a prelude to asking me out - well, I nearly threw up. I mean it. I felt really sick, but in a good way.” 136 likes
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