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Princess in Waiting

(The Princess Diaries #4)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  38,622 ratings  ·  940 reviews
Never before has the world seen such a princess.

Nor have her own subjects, for that matter. Mia's royal introduction to Genovia has mixed results: while her fashion sense is widely applauded, her position on the installation of public parking meters is met with resistance.

But the politics of bureaucracy are nothing next to Mia's real troubles. Between canceled dates with h
Mass Market Paperback, 259 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by HarperTrophy (first published September 6th 2002)
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When you reread one of your favourite childhood series, and you discover that it contains racist comments:

Lars looked especially menacing on account of being all darkly tanned from his month off. page 61 of my 2007 edition

Because dark-skinned men are a menace. And because the colour of your skin indicates your level of agression. Right.

My initial three-star-rating has been removed.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to give this one a four instead of a 5 like the others.. Mia was SO whiney.. She was in Europe yet l she could think about was missing Michael.. That part didn't really bug me. BUT once she got home, she started just acting crazy. First, she goes through that phase where she reads Jane Eyre and thinks she should ignore Michael and basically play hard to get. Okay girl, I just read pages after pages of you missing him and now you're NOT going to call him back? Are you kidding me? I'm glad h ...more
Shannon (leaninglights)
Actual rating 3.5 stars
Least favorite so far in the series. Mia took a drastic turn in this book and was pretty obsessed with a boy and nothing else. Granted, she is 14 years old so it's understandable to a point, but she was a bit melodramatic in this one. Still enjoyed overall and will continue the series though!
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I can praise Michael Moscovitz forever and ever and ever. Mia was a little more annoying in this one than I remembered so I docked it a star, but still so fun!
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews-on-books
Good but didn't enjoy this like the previous books.
I wish something significant will happen in the next.
Norah Una Sumner
"How do I know Michael hasn't met some other girl?
Some Floridian girl, with long,sun-streaked hair, and a tan,and breasts? Who has access to the Internet and isn't cooped up in a palace with her crazy grandma,a homeless,Speedo-wearing prince and a freakish,hairless miniature poodle?"

I missed The Princess Diaries so much!I loved reading about Mia's adventures in Genovia and Grandmère's schemes.Also,love the movie refrences-Meg Cabot sure knows how to make her readers laugh!
"Hello," Lilly said.
It's been a while since I've read the first three books from The Princess Diaries series and I kind of forgot how Mia was but this book definitely reminded me pretty quickly.

I can't wait for Mia to get more self-esteem. I CAN'T WAIT GUYS! The constant whining and everything was so god damn annoying. UGH! Can that please not happen in the next book?

I didn't even care about Mia and Michael's relationship throughout this book. It was just so boring to me and I'd rather have something weird happen
Sonja ✧ Badass Wanderer ✧
Because even a princess has to have fun sometimes.

'The Princess Diaries: Mia Goes Fourth' is a short but delightful read. I loved reading this novel and I'm looking forward to picking up the next book in the series! ^ ^

On a whole another note: I love Chris Pine in Princess Diaries 2 (the movie) :D
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
Soooo much of this book was Mia doubting Michael's love for her, and that drove me a bit crazy. However, the cuteness level is still through the roof & I love it. Also, I adore Michael as a character.
Mayra Sigwalt
Esse foi o mais fraquinho até agora. Ele se baseia mto na insegurança na Mia no relacionamento (o que é muito crível pra uma menina de auto estima baixa como ela), mas por conta disso a história não andou. Se vc for resumir não aconteceu quase nada e o payoff foi mto no finalzinho.
Quero mais Michaeeellll!!
Bruna Miranda
Eu tinha esquecido como esses livro se passam em um período de tempo tão curto. As referências são maravilhosas, mas esse foi o mais monótono até agora porque a Mia é insegurança em pessoa e a minha vontade era de chegar: MIGA SOU LOUCA, MENOS! E aí lembro de como todos fomos com 14-15 anos. \_(ツ)_/ ...more
Anusha Narasimhan
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
It is hard to love a book when you are annoyed by the protagonist. And boy, was I annoyed of Mia's insecurity! When you are emotionally invested in a series, and halfway down the line, the lead starts to piss you off, it gets awkward as a reader and you don't know whether to continue the series or not. I'm glad I decided to continue because the climax was awesome. Meg Cabot surely knows how to end a book in a way that makes the reader swoon!
De'Siree Fairley
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This like all of them so far was cute but now I'm thinking about Mia outside of her journal and I think she's a pretty normal girl that we've all hung out with but didn't know her deepest insecurities. So they come off as extra annoying in the book but in reality she probably doesn't seem so insecure. Michael is just so dreamy but I'm literally reading all these to see if he's in it for the long haul with Mia lol he is going to college soon. Also why is the U.K. Version so different? Mia writes ...more
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Mia Goes Fourth takes place just before Mia has to go back to school for her second semester. Yes, you read that right. Just before she went back to school. I was actually looking forward to her touring the castle and Genovia in general but that didn't happen. Instead she complained about failed speeches, meetings and parking meters, oh and of course...Michael's unclear stance on loving her as a friend or more. E
Now this one I liked better than I remembered! Mostly my memories were of Mia's worry about Michael "loving" her versus being "in love" with her. I still think that's kind of silly, but I felt more sympathy for her overall. (I think I read this around when it came out, so I would've been 19 or so. Almost-32 me sees it in a different light, I guess.)

And there was more to the rest of it than I remembered. I liked seeing Mia in Genovia. Back in the day, I was just eager for her to get back to Micha
May 18, 2008 rated it liked it
This book is probably the worst princess diaries book I've ever read. It is okay but the entire story is about Mia in Genovia (the small European country she will one day rule) and she is missing Micheal her boy friend. It is very annoying to here her constantly talk about Micheal and if he is going to break up with her or not. After I read this book I decided to take a break from the Princess Diaries books because I just couldn't take it! Mia was becoming too Micheal-obsessed and the books were ...more
I am seriously falling in love with this series all over again. I just love how Meg Cabot writes these books. Mia is like the quintessential teenager (minus the being the princess, obviously), who is just trying to get by in life. And I love it. I love how throughout the entire book she is so worried about Michael dumping her CLEARLY he is in love with her, and has been for quite some time. I mean, that just SOUNDS like a teenage girl. These books will be forever in my heart, I just love them to ...more
Daniela Soria
Not my favorite but still super cute! On to the next one :)
Emir Ibañez
De más está decir que este tomo me decepcionó. A esta altura todos sabemos que la personalidad de Mía es bastante... particular y es lo que la hace tan querible, pero en este libro está simplemente insoportable por un plot que ni siquiera ameritaba tanto drama INCLUSO HASTA PARA ELLA.
Iba camino a convertirse en un libro de dos estrellas pero los finales de esta serie siempre remontan. Espero, por Dios, que esto mejore más adelante.
Feb 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Mia has the boy of her dreams, finally! But how fair is it that she is whisked off to Genovia for several weeks before they can even have their first official date? And what with trying to help boost Genovia's infrastructure income, trying to find time to text her beloved, and worrying about the perfect present for his birthday, this Christmas vacation is anything but restful.
After reading the first book in this series I went to the library and just happened to see the rest of the books (11 of t
1.5 stars, this was the worst (as of now at least) part in the Princess Diaries series. Of course, I will still continue this series as it comes out (in the re-released covers thing), but I do hope they will be way better than this crap.

This won't be a long review, I just want to throw out my frustrations regarding this book.

Let me start that I was completely, and utterly confused at the beginning of the book. Normally everything, and anything is mentioned to great details, but in this one, sudd
Nasty Lady MJ
Jan 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Do I have to?

If I was reviewing books when Princess in Waiting came out, I’d probably give up on The Princess Diaries series. This is my least favorite book in the series and I really think it was a waste of space-if you would’ve added some of Valentine Princess to it I think it would’ve been a stronger book.

The good thing about this particular installment, was I sort of knew what I was getting into when I reread it, so I didn’t
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Princess Mia was finally in Genovia with her Grandmere, and her princess lessons continued during her winter break. When she met the people of Genovia, Mia had unintentionally started a debate about the installation of parking meters in the place, which didn't bode well with her constituents.

I just thought Princess Mia complained a lot in this book. She always said she had no idea how they ended up together, and that she missed Michael a lot, especially now that they're continents apart, but ho
Jul 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
This may be the straw. The final one. The whine factor in this book is so rediculously high I may just skip to when Mia is supposed to be older to continue with this series.

Mia spends most of the entire book (which only spans a few months) being paranoid or a big mouth.

I wonder if I was this annoying when I was 14. If I was I certainly wouldn't have written it down for anyone to find and read. Who goes into their boyfriend's bathroom to for a half hour afterwards to write about their amazing d
Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**
Not the best in the series so far, but still a fun, quick read. Mia was a little whiny and annoying in this one, but I did understand. She's 14, it's all very confusing at that age. I was completely stupid at 14, and looking back now I'm really embarrassed at some of the things I did/said. Enjoying my reread of the series a lot, and if I remember correctly, the series gets better as Mia matures!
Amy Johnson
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed "Princess in Training" book 4 in the Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot. I've been listening to this series via audio book and I've really enjoyed the characters coming to life. It's a very light reading and pretty deep in the YA genre, but I've found myself laughing at some of Mia's antics and just love the "first love" between her and Michael.
Happy Reading...enjoy
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, romance
I think that I actually read this previously and forgot to mark that I had, on Goodreads. This wasn't bad, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the other installments. Part of it could be that I'm reading these as an adult, rather than a teenager, now, so Mia's insecurity, while familiar, starts to feel redundant. I had a lot of fun reading all the very 2000-ish references.
Sara Saif
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: its-a-tie

Hey, let’s play a game. What game, you ask? Simple; "Come up with an alternate, better name for the book you have just read!”. I love this game. Here are my top three names for Princess in Waiting:
1- Princess in the Psychotic Ward
2- Princess Completely Demented
3- Hilariously Infuriatingly Stupid Princess

Let me tell you something. The whining was totally controlled and balanced. Mia complained about everything but in a limited and well-proportioned capacity. That’s supposed to be good, right? Wel
Colleen Scidmore
I was a little disappointed with the fourth book in the Princess Diaries Series. Mia is still a lovable, quirky, down to earth girl who has recently learned she is the Princess of Geneovia. But she has way less mishaps in this book than the others which had made her so endearing to me. I was hoping there would be a huge commotion when she visited Geneovia, but instead all that happened was a recital of her daily calendar of Princess duties and her continued countdown of when Mia gets to see Mich ...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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“I realized Michael was right. I mean, I am always writing in this journal. And I do compose a lot of poetry, and write a lot of notes and emails and stuff. I mean, I feel like I am always writing. I do it so much, I never even thought about it as a talent. It's just something I do all the time, like breathing.” 18 likes
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