The Princess Diaries (Princess Diaries, Bk 1)
The Princess Diaries - Princess Diaries, Bk 1 Author:Meg Cabot She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom... — News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo meets her at the airport!) — Downer: Dad can't have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.) — Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material. — Mia must take princess lessons fro... more »m her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.
Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty -- no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what's a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?
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Although this is a "Teen" book, I would recommend it to anyone. It is adorable, light and funny. What an average teenager goes through in everyday life, then add the fact that she suddenly discovers she is a princess of a small European principality. A well written, heartwarming, quick read.
As a fan of the movies, I must say I was a bit disappointed with this book. I can understand the changes that were made, but yeah. On its own though, the book was a fun one and it shows great promise for an ongoing tale.
Dianna M. reviewed The Princess Diaries (Princess Diaries, Bk 1) on
Mia Thermopolis feels ugly because of her height, large feet, flat chest, and triangle hair. She is un-popular, and boyfriendless -- and, to her suprise, the Princess of Genovia. Her never married parents had kept is royality a secret from her for fourteen years. But Mia isn't exactly happy. It's hard to be a princess in a highschool in New York, especially when your Mom is dating your Algebra teacher and you have a low self esteem and your "evil" Grandmere gives you princess lessons every day. But Mia is strong, and she knows she can pull through everything with a diary to confess EVERYTHING to.
Although this book doesn't exactly challenge one's thinking, it is a must read for every highschool girl (and older if you enjoy this genre of book). Meg Cabot's strinking sense of humor combined with a seemingly random yet well planned story line will make the reader laugh out loud. You will be demanding Book 2 as soon as you finish with the first.
I didn't really like this book. I was expecting it to be a lot more like the movie that I absolutely love, but I couldn't seem to get past the first couple of 'chapters' as they were written as diary entries(though I probably should have gotten that from the title...).