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The Princess Diaries

(The Princess Diaries #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  243,320 ratings  ·  5,838 reviews
Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there's nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra.

Is she ever in for a surprise.

First mom announces that she's dating Mia's Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn't have a date for the Cultural Diversity Da
Library Binding, 283 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Turtleback (first published September 19th 2000)
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Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, ya, fiction, humour
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

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 year
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 beca ...more
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Shannon (kitchandpages)
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 ho ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
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!

Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONEEEEE
(January 6th-10th 2021)
So I think it is clear that I love this book. I am obsessed with the main character and the story that unfolds. I love the movie and I adore the audio book. This is such a great royal contemporary series and it is my comfort book. I don't review this book because it would detract from my experience but I have listened to the audiobook a total of 4 times in less than a year.

(September 9th 2020)
Yes I’ve read this 3 times on audiobook.
Yes I just bought the box set so I can
Miranda Reads
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars. Loved the movie, finally got to read the book.

Review to come.

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

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If I'm being perfectly honest here, I only really decided to listen to this because I was:
a.) bored doing math homework
b.) looking for something light and fun
c.) told that this was narrated by Anne Hathaway.
And if we're going by those standards, then this book did not disappoint at all.

Going into this, I wasn't expecting much. Almost everyone knows the plot of The Princess Diaries, especially considering that it was turned into a pair of movies a while ago. When Mia learns that she's the
Jul 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sheel Mehta
Twenty years down the road, and my first foray into the world of YA Lit via Meg Cabot’s spectacularly fun series still has my heart. Staying home, trying to stay safe amidst a pandemic while stressing incessantly demanded a return to happier times.
And Mia Thermapolis’ shenanigans seemed ideal.
So here’s my old review (tweaked a bit after my 2020 reading):

Say hello to fourteen-year old Mia Thermopolis and her innumerable teenage woes:
1) She is the tallest girl in her class, has feet like skis, mou
C.B. Cook
Jun 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Nasty Lady MJ
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Still my ultimate comfort read. I am probably going to ping pong back to this series and other Meg Cabot books during quarantine. Her work has helped me get through some real shitty moments in my life so I'm glad it can still work its magic.

Although, I can really tell I have aged since first reading this series at the very ripe age of 13.

Also, if you are a fan of this series Meg currently is posting Mia entries about Genovia dealing with the crisis free on her blog. You can thank me later.

To se
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)
Jul 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reliving my teenage years and remembering just how many times I read this cover to cover.
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 time
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
So, it's not like the movie, but it definitely was a fun read. ...more
3.5 stars.

I read this book years and years and years ago. I remember thinking I'd start it as a silly read and ... being pleasantly surprised. I had fond memories of this book so when it showed up on my library's app feed as an available audiobook... and I saw that it was narrated by Anne Hathaway, I was feeling nostalgic. I borrowed it.

And I really really enjoyed it.

There's not much to say beyond the fact that the story is just ... the equivalent of something warm and sweet. Cozy and welcoming
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 gu ...more
Apr 14, 2008 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Elise (On The Bookshelves)
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!
Tisha "Manic Reads"
If you're going into this book thinking it will be exactly like the movie version starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews, I am sorry to say that you will be sorely disappointed as they share very little in common besides names, and even then they can be changed slightly.

If you go in with an open mind, however, I think you will be pleasantly pleased.

Mia is a freshman at Albert Einstein High School, living in New York City with her mother. Her mother thinks that she needs to learn to open up mor
Oct 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
*Read for day 7: pink of The Rainbow Readathon*
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Genre: YA humor (I guess?)
Short Summary: Mia, a freshman girl, has to deal with the fact she is a princess of a fictional country and the fact her mom is dating her algebra teacher.
My rating: 1.5 stars

My thoughts:
Plot: 1.5 stars
There isn't much of a plot at all, and the ending really fizzled out.

Characters: 1.5 stars
Mia is the whiniest, most selfish character I've read about in ages. She literally thinks it's good th
Isa Lavinia
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, young-adult
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!
Clara (The Bookworm of Notre-Dame)
3.5 stars

What a fun re read!
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
It was a lot of fun revisiting this story as an adult. I think the last time I read it was at least fifteen years ago. I remembered that it was pretty different than the movie adaptation, but I was fuzzy on the specifics. While the movie is rated G this book is definitely more in the PG-13 range, which I appreciate.

The book was published in 2000, so there are definitely some dated things or words and storylines that wouldn’t really fly in a YA book today. But then there are also some things in
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ac
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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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