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From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess

(From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,491 ratings  ·  530 reviews
Olivia Grace Clarisse Harrison has always known she was different. Brought up by her aunt's family in New Jersey, book-and-music-loving Olivia feels out of place in their life of high fashion and fancy cars. But she never could have imagined how out of place she really was until Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia, pops into her school and announces that Olivia is her lon ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
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Hannah It doesn't completely address this, but I'm assuming that Olivia was born before he became sterile.…moreIt doesn't completely address this, but I'm assuming that Olivia was born before he became sterile.(less)
Kimber Meg is currently working on book three and it will be released very soon. I am guessing it will have maybe five to seven books, but I cannot predict t…moreMeg is currently working on book three and it will be released very soon. I am guessing it will have maybe five to seven books, but I cannot predict the future.(less)

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1. The existence alone of this book makes me incredibly giddy.
2. This book is thoroughly ridiculous and barely constitutes a full narrative.
3. I don't care in the slightest. It's awesome.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1.) The Princess Diaries ★★★★
2.) Princess in the Spotlight ★★★★
3.) Princess in Love ★★★★
4.) Princess in Waiting ★★★★
4.1.) Princess Lessons ★★★★
4.5.) Project Princess ★★★★
5.) Princess in Pink ★★★★★
6.) Princess in Training ★★★
7.) Party Princess ★★★★
8.) Princess on the Brink ★★★★
9.) Princess Mia ★★★★
10.) Forever Princess ★★★★★
11.) Royal Wedding ★★★★★
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I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This is no way impacted in my view.

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess tells the story of Olivia, a normal twelve year old who is just dealing school, her family, and her friends. However, she finds out, quite dramatically, that she is actually a princess, the daughter of the Prince of Genovia. Olivia is a princess!

I really loved being thrust back into the Princess Diaries world. I reme
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
A cute middle grade companion to the PRINCESS DIARIES books, specifically, to the last book, ROYAL WEDDING. (Which is interesting when you consider that that book is very adult, this one, middle grade.)

We get to know Olivia Grace, Princess Mia's secret half-sister, a little better, and see things from her point of view, complete with drawings, since she wants to be an artist. I don't think that this would stand alone very well, since some things are never explained and they don't get too into he
Amanda Z
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Like half the reviewers here, I'm really the wrong audience for the book, as a grown Princess-Diaries fan. The book is aimed at 7-8 year olds, and not being one, I can't tell you if an 8 year old would like this book. Probably. If you are reading this review, you probably aren't the intended audience either.

This book fills the niche of movie-goers who would have loved to check out the book based on the G-rated movie, but would have to ask mom what a diaphragm is, what's a foot fetish, what happe
Anubhuti Mahanta
This book is great but there's not much in it.
I mean, I expected it to be long but it was not a long book. It was very short

The story is nice, I'll continue reading the next books (and get details about Michael and Mia)
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
So adorable! Love this new spinoff series to the Princess Diaries and cannot wait for more.

I found Notebooks From a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot to be utterly adorable. I was always going to be hugely excited about a new Princess Diaries spin-off series and this first book in the series does a great job of introducing us to new (and old!) characters and a new setting for a brand-new middle grade audience.

At the same time as being very, very excited, I was also a little bit nervous that t
It wasn't a bad book but Olivia lacked the charisma that Mia has. ...more
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
My children are of an age where they can say, "mom - I've discovered this amazing book! Go read it!" And then I do. Life is pretty great. ...more
Nasty Lady MJ
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Truth be told, I was sort of worried about this book. I think because I’ve seen a lot of disastrous YA spinoffs when they go into other genres may it be adult or middle grade. Thankfully, this book didn’t fall down that path.

Overall, this is a cute little book. I feel like it might be on the younger side of middle grade though. Honestly, Olivia sounded more like ten than twelve, but that might just be me. Regardless of that, it surprisingl
Sara Santana
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I don't often read middle grade novels, I tend to focus more on YA and NA but there was NO way at all I was going to turn down the chance to read the newest novel by Meg Cabot in one of my favorite fictional worlds, The Princess Diaries series. Without getting too spoiler-y, we're introduced to Olivia, who is a somewhat awkward, but totally adorable 12 year old girl who somehow gets into a load of trouble with the most popular girl in sc
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess is the first book in a new middle grade series that focuses on Olivia, Princess Mia's half-sister.

This book overlaps with the last Princess Diaries book, Royal Wedding.

The book is narrated by 12 year old Olivia. She has been raised by her aunt and uncle in New Jersey and finds out that she is a princess.

The book has diary/notebook entries and it details her life starting on the day that Mia shows up at her school. I read the last Princess Diaries bo
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a girl who is a princess and she is a middle schooler. This book describes her more than part1 and this book is a really excellent book I have ever read. I can not even stop reading this book.
This was super cute! I really enjoyed Olivia as a character and I’m glad that she learned so much about herself and gained some confidence. I would definitely recommend this for fans of The Princess Diaries series as you’ll get to see some guest star appearances! I’ll be doing a full review soon.
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Cute! This was way shorter than I was expecting. I look forward to moving on with these. Olivia is really awesome!
I like her much more than Princess Mia. Mia was seriously annoying as an MC in her series when she was younger.
Olivia, on the other hand, is more mature and tolerable.

I don't have a great deal to say. There's nothing really new.


Can I express how I get so pissed when I read about bullying and injustice???
It's beyond frustrating and the characters that do it drive me freaking
My 12 year old self would have loved this. Granted my current 25 year old self loved it as well. I can guarantee that whatever Meg Cabot writes I will love. Great book.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Such a great book for MG readers, and anyone who loved The Princess Diaries. Can't wait for the sequel! ...more
Anna Banks
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Totally adorable and hopefully the beginning to a series!
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it
It was not bad but I definitely enjoyed the princess diaries much more :)

Christa Schönmann Abbühl
As a huge fan of the Princess Diaries I was pleased to see this new series set in the same „world“, but for younger children. The book is exactly as expected: sweet, short, and well adapted to the targeted reading audience. The most interesting part for me was to see how different a younger kid reacts to the revelation that she is actually a princess.
I listened to the audiobook of the German translation, because this is what I had access to. It was a bit disconcerting, since they made a king ou
After meeting Meg Cabot yesterday at a book signing, I came home to finish the first installment of the Olivia books. I can't wait to read the next 2 books in the series. I love Olivia's voice and getting to see a new character discover she's a princess just like Mia did. And it's so fun to see glimpses of Mia and her friends in this book. ...more
Amber Kestner
Olivia is bright and full of life. I love her character just like Mia's glad I got this book. ...more
Just a disclaimer: I haven't read any of the Princess Diaries books. They aren't easy to find here, well ok, they are easy to find here if you don't mind reading it in Dutch. Which I do mind. I want to read them in English. Sadly only one library has them in English, but they only have one copy of each of the books, so yeah. :(

But, for most I knew the characters, the main idea and some other stuff (since I did do some research while searching for the books, so I wasn't confused that much. Just a
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
*Olivia is a biracial girl born of a Black mother and a white father
*Olivia's best friend is Indian

I expect I’m not the only reader who saw the Princess Diaries movies, never read the books they were based on, and still wanted From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess like burning. Biracial princess! Illustrations! Meg Cabot! Despite the sparse content, this book is adorable and a great way to get MG/YA readers at those target ages right now to discover and love the Princess Diaries series.
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Ridiculous? Yes. Blatantly capitalising on the success of The Princess Diaries and picking up another age group of readers? Yes. Kind of repetitive, considering Royal Wedding? Yes.

And yet...this was a lot of fun. Olivia's a lot easier to take than Mia—more funny-and-smart than neurotic-and-boy-obsessed. Probably because it's aimed at younger readers, there's no question of romance and crushes and so on, and because Olivia's less self-obsessed than Mia, it's rather more fun to be in her head for
Mireille Duval
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought this was very sweet! I mean it's basically a straight-up retelling of Princess Diaries for the ~newer audience, but I thought it was delightful, and I would have been heads over heels about it as a kid. (Man, I can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to read this kind of books. ALL THE THINGS SHE WILL FIND AND LOVE, guys.) Sure it's wish-fulfillment on a platter, but what's wrong with that? All the gluten she could eat, guys!

I wasn't as enamored by the weird adoptive family, though
Laurel S
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oliva thinks of herself as a normal girl. Normal hair, normal eyes, normal clothes. Except that her name is extremely long and that her Mother died and her father is to busy with work to take care of her. Or really?
One day, at school, when a girl is picking on her, Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia shhows up at her school. She is, obviously, the princess of Genovia and lives in New York right next to her town in New Jersey. She tells her that she is her long lost sister and that she, is also
Apr 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Well that was a really quick read.

This arrived at my office yesterday afternoon as I was getting ready to leave and I figured, why not? I started reading it on the train home and was over halfway through it by the time I made it home. Olivia is a fun and engaging character. Some of this will cross over to the adult book Cabot is publishing in June and actually gives away one of the plot points (although I'm seeing some references to it here and there so maybe it's not a secret).

Definitely a fu
Rachel Brand
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Unashamedly just binge read this book in the bath while drinking a glass of Barefoot Shiraz, while baby napped on daddy, while daddy played a Batman game on the PS3. We are definitely winning at life right now. Also, I need the next book immediately. And Royal Wedding, which my library has yet to get in stock. Get it together, Edinburgh! Once a Princess Diaries fan, always a fan. You don't grow out of this one. ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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