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...).
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!) to the throne.) Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material. Mia must take princess lessons from 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. 2001 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers (ALA), Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL) and 2001 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
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 Dance?
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 suprise.
First her 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 to the Cultural Diversity Dance?
"This book is the first I've ever seen with a suggested rating of "12 and over"--and rightly so. I bought the entire series after watching the Disney movie and reading the first book, which was WHOLESOME in comparison to the following books in this series. I'm happy I took the time to read them myself before passing them on to children. Personally, I would like to warn those who would be offended to learn that through this series your child will be influenced by;
1.) A feminist and promiscuous mother that sleeps with her daughter's Algebra teacher.
2.) Mother that also has unprotected sex with said teacher and concieves his baby out of wedlock.
3.) Mother that encourages her daughter to make an appointment with her gyno and have "safe sex".
4.) Mother that relates her own first sexual encounter to her daughter at 15!
5.) A college boyfriend that tells the main character that he will not wait forever for her to "Do It".
6.) Next door neighbor named Ronnie who just underwent a sex change from a man to a woman.
7.) Grandmere who constantly drinks and smokes and implies that her grandaughter should put out.
8.) A passel of teenage freinds with hormones raging amuck and ample details and scenerios of "frenching", groping, "making out" etc...
9.) Main character later finds out that her boyfriend has already had sex with another schoolmate and then feels pressured to do so as well.
I didn't read the last two books in this series because I was completely disgusted by how Meg Cabot hit the vein of what sells to teens; S-E-X. She's making a mint off of those parents who don't really care what kind of trash molds their children."