The Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries

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Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Pub., 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060292102
0060292105
9780380978489
0380978482
Characteristics: 228 p. ; 22 cm

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BrandonBlanchard
Sep 05, 2017

A good intro to a good series, but be forewarned: lots of predictable plot twists ahead.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 23, 2017

This book is an absolutely fantastic novel by Meg Cabot which was obviously meant for teenage girls. In this humorous, well-written novel, readers view the story through the eyes of high school student-turned-princess Mia Thermopolis, who becomes the heir to her father's throne in the fable country Genovia. The book is full of movie references and relatable questions and situations a young girl might experience in this day and age. It's the first of a long series, which is helpful because you'll definitely be left wanting more of Mia and her exciting yet realistic adventures. I would definitely award it a 5 out of 5 star rating. 
- @reviewguard of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
This series continues to be one of my all-time favorites. Mia's voice is HILARIOUS, and it makes the whole experience a joy.
Fair warning: though the Disney movie is fun, it is a not an accurate representation of this book or this series.

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gretacl
Jul 03, 2017

I love these books so much. They bare some of the books that got me into reading and I would not be the person I am without them. Although the actual books are pretty fluffy they are entertaining and take you away. And that is all a book is supposed to do.

GCPL_Teen Jun 29, 2017

While the protagonist is endearing, the storyline is unbelievable and will likely seem juvenile to some readers.

kernjess Feb 14, 2017

As awesome as Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews are, the characters in Meg Cabot's novel are even more hilarious and entertaining. Mia is younger and more awkward, Grandmere is more ridiculous and overbearing, and the rest of the characters are more real and dynamic in a way that only Meg Cabot can pull off.
Pros: written in diary format, the protagonist Mia is extremely connectable and vulnerable, and has a lot of insightful things to say about being a young girl in high school. Set in the rich backdrop of New York City, Mia navigates the ordinary (gossip, boys, algebra, school dances, divorced parents) and the extraordinary (paparazzi, princess lessons, making the cover of the newspaper) in beautiful prose and hilarious asides.
Cons: not very many! It's possibly a little dated - technology makes much less of an impact on Mia's life than it would today.
Overall, I can't wait to read the next ones!

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aeburnham88
Feb 09, 2017

Love the movie? Try the book! Mia is a lovable awkward character that is dealing with becoming a princess and surviving high school. Spoiler alert--nothing like the movie.

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lokelucy
Sep 28, 2016

i loved this book so much. its a little bit different than the movie but i liked that.

aling9898 Jul 24, 2016

Didn't thought that books written in that style would be fun but I had underestimated it

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TigerLily_16
Oct 28, 2015

This book is really funny! I have been looking for a funny, teen realistic fiction series and this is it. Would recommend this, for sure.

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Sep 09, 2014

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Oct 29, 2013

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Jun 30, 2013

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LailaMLucas
Jun 23, 2015

She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom and then SHE BECOMES A PRINCESS! @#$%@

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crazycoolbff
Oct 29, 2013

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 her 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 Dance?

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wish_for_style
Jun 09, 2015

"Lilly's devoting tomorrow's show to her feet. She's going to model every single pair of shoes she owns, but never showing her bare feet."

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crazycoolbff
Oct 29, 2013

I guess I can see how Mom might have gone for him,back when she was in college.
He was something of a Baldwin.
But a PRINCE? Of a whole COUNTRY?
I mean,I knew he was in politics, and of course I knew he had money-how many kids at my school have summer homes in France?
Martha's Vineyard, maybe, but not France.
So what I want to know is, if my dad's a prince, how come I have to learn Algebra?
I mean, seriously.

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