The Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries

eBook - 2002
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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 : PerfectBound, 2002
ISBN: 9780061958465


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Helen Thermopolis is the cool, free spirited mother of Princess Mia in Cabot's charming series.

Set in New York City, Mia discovers that she is a princess, and not just an ordinary teenager. This is a hilarious story about Mia’s transformation to royalty, her teenage insecurities and of course love.

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Aug 02, 2020

Mia is a typically naive teenage girl who lives in New York City and is firmly entrenched in the bottom echelons of a punishing high school social structure. I loved the carefree comedy that ensues when Mia suddenly discovers that her absentee father is a wealthy European prince which (of course) makes Mia suddenly high school royalty. It's a really fun young adult coming-of-age transformation story, but I found the ending a bit too cliche.

Dec 23, 2019

Such a fun book. At some parts it felt as if I was reading something my friends wrote for me. I’m excited to read the rest of this series.

ACL_KateA Nov 09, 2019

This series is fantastic--an engaging voice, a compelling plot, and a diverse cast of characters. While this is technically a young adult series, I would recommend it more for tweens and young teens as the content is younger than most YA fans will expect.

Jul 30, 2018

Fair warning, the movie cuts out a lot of stuff. The subject is a bit um....... Iffy.....

Other wise though is a absolutely fantastic series!!!!!!!

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

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.

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.

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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Jun 23, 2015

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

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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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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