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The Princess Diaries

(The Princess Diaries #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  226,257 ratings  ·  5,156 reviews
'You're not Mia Thermopolis any more, honey,' Dad said. I raised my head. 'I'm not?' I said, blinking. 'Then who am I?' He went, kind of sadly, 'You're Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, Princess of Genovia.'


Yeah, right.

One minute Mia's totally normal. Next minute she's heir to the throne of Genovia.

Well, her dad can lecture her until he's
Paperback, 230 pages
Published 2001 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published 2000)
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Jenay Jackson The books are fairly different,but if you want some semblance of it being the same, the audio books are read by Anne Hathaway.

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There’s a reason why this series has such low ratings but has been read by so many people.

It has a unique concept. Unpopular high school girl becomes a princess overnight? A dream come true for many girls… just not Mia.

Mia is ‘‘struggling’’, and her struggles are hella entertaining. Of course, her struggles consist of being single, unpopular, forced to go to princess lessons with her dreadful (and one-dimensional) grandmother, as well sucking at maths… among other equally life-altering
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

Honestly, I read this book in middle school and I still like it. Can you believe that? This book is so good that it makes current brilliant cool me agree with twelve-year-old me, who loved Justin Bieber and thought Aeropostale graphic tees were the height of fashion. It's miraculous. Also I'm amazing. (Just thought I'd clarify that in case my previous statement hadn't made it clear.)

Anyway this is so so so so fun and surprisingly woke for having been written 18
Whitney Atkinson
This book was entirely a blast from the past, and reading it was like rewatching the movie because the two are so similar and nostalgic. Obviously, this book focuses on such melodramatic and cheesy plot points, but the reason it was so fun was because of Mia's sass and exasperation with her entire situation. I wish this book would have focused more on her transition to princess life rather than trying to continue on as normal and keeping it a secret, but I think that will be a lot more unpacked ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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) ...more
Shannon (leaninglights)
Honestly, this book was a complete surprise for me! I had never read it (I know, I know) and I loved it!! So smart and clever and totally kick butt feminist. This book was so ahead of its time when it was first published. I don't know but I would guess there was backlash lol - I can't wait to pick up the next one and I definitely recommend the audiobooks as well. Anne Hathaway narrates the first three and she does an amazing job! :) I could try and nitpick and find something to critique but I ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, contemporary, royals
4 stars

This was way funnier than I thought it would be. Mia is hysterical, and Meg Cabot's writing style is right up my alley. I'm looking forward to reading the gazillion other books that are in this series!

April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jul 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sheel Mehta
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 (
Melissa Veras
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely LOVED this! Okay, so I wasn't really planing to read this ever, because I was quite satisfied with the movie and I've heard that the books were really different. But then, Shannon from Leaning Lights (booktuber) how cute, fun they were and I find it really cheap on Thrift Books and they gave me a 20% discount because of my birthday, and I had to buy it, OK? xD But it was such a good decision. I'm still surprised that about how much I enjoy this story. I laugh out loud multiple
Nasty Lady MJ
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
C.B. Cook
Jun 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, me-no-likey
Unfortunately, I couldn't finish this. I got ten pages in and I could not handle Mia's obsession with kissing and the size of her chest and half a dozen other disgusting things. I'll stick to the movies, thank you very much.
Apr 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jude: The Epic Reader
Lets take a moment to appreciate Mia and Michael in this movie... How adorable!!
But lets not mention Michael in the sequel (you he CEASED to EXIST)
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much fun! ^^

I love the series because it transports me back in time when I was a lot younger!

If you are looking for something light and fun, then give it a go!

Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, it's not like the movie, but it definitely was a fun read.
Miranda Reads
3.5 stars. Loved the movie, finally got to read the book.

Review to come.

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Read by Anne Hathaway - which it was too cool! Unsurprisingly, she rocked it!

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I listened to this on an audiobook and it was pretty cool to have Anne Hathaway read it :) I kind of felt like I was watching the movie because of it lol There were a few things that bothered me though...the misuse of God's name several times along with a couple inappropriate comments that weren't needed at all in the story. It was definitely funny at times though :P It's kind of hard to pinpoint if anything else bothered me because it's just different listening to it rather than reading it I ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
This book was absolutely charming! Audiobook with Anne Hathaway as narrator; her voice was perfect for a high schooler. Not exactly like the movie, but still a great read. Mia is an engaging teenager, really amusing.
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I remember seeing the movie adaptation of this book when it came out in 2001 and being absolutely mesmerized by the depth of Anne Hathaway's brown eyes and the luxuriousness of her long brown hair. To tell you the truth, I am still not over that woman. Watching as her hair was brutally shorn off in Les Mis did something to me. Anyways. I read the first three books in this series a long long time ago and it has come to my attention that there are eleven books so I have a lot of catching up to do.

Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Auk! What a klutz I am. I thought I was purchasing _The Princess Bride_, a book I've long wanted to read since I loved the movie and it's so iconic, but had a senior moment and bought this instead. Oh well, I'll keep reading and see if I can stand it. . . .
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Yes, I could stand it and enjoyed it quite a bit. The premise is silly, of course, but the characters are cute. Main character Mia (aka the Princess) is a dear and the reader can't help liking her and sympathizing with her. Nice book.
Elise (On The Bookshelves)
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You guys, I read this when I was six (17 years ago) and I would love to know how much six-year-old Elise actually understood these. These were my favourite childhood books, so much sarcasm, sass, and pessimism. What a fun little reread!
Isa Lavinia
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, owned
Now that I've reread it as an adult I have to raise it from a 3 to a 4.
I can't believe how many jokes went over my head as a kid! This was really funny!
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
This was hilarious and even though the movie was good it left some of the funny parts out.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Reread February 2016. This book is so great, even the second time round. I love how intelligent Mia is, but still gets to worry about things like boys and hair and stuff, because you can be care about that stuff as well as Greenpeace and that's cool beans.

First Read: March 2015.

SO FUN! I loved this. I actually prefer book Mia to film Mia, because she is so hilarious and clever. I started reading this because I couldn't sleep, which was a mistake because I ended up reading most of it and not
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the text and listened to the audio adapted for students of English as a second language. This is a very simplified and abridged version. I liked the movie the most.
This took me waaay by surprise in the best way.

Mia is so savvy, so beyond her time. Her discussions of misogyny, feminism, wildlife activism, ethnic and economic discrimination... I was blown away by this book? And it fit so much into such a short span. And when Josh is a total jerk, Mia stood up for herself and realized what was going on really smoothly. Ugh, such great girl power.

And an enjoyable listen with Anne Hathaway's narration!
Penelope (Penelope’s Picks)

So much 2000’s goodness!
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library

Mia Thermopolis’ extraordinarily ordinary American teenage world is thrown upside down when she finds out she is the one and only heir and Princess to the throne of Genovia, a small but rich country bordering France.

I have to say, I know Genovia’s totally fake – I mean, what country can afford not to tax its citizens because it can rely on the money it makes from tourism to fix repair its infrastructure and fund its
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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

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