The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Posted August 16, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

The Princess Diaries by Meg CabotThe Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #1
Published by Turtleback Books on July 1st 2001
Genres: Middle Grade, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 283
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed
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five-stars

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 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?

Main Points
Writing Style:
I love the writing. It’s so 9th grade. I seriously felt like I was back in freshman year. And boy, has Mia got a personality. It’s so obvious! She may be a little naive but she certainly doesn’t hold anything back. At least in her journal.
Plot:
This book kinda felt like buildup to me. Like we were waiting the entire time for her to accept being a princess and just move to Genovia already. But at least we had an entertaining little love story to keep up engaged.
No, I really did like it. I like that she thought it wouldn’t be such a good thing to be a princess, whereas most other girls would be all over the idea.
I didn’t like how she was so naive regarding Josh though. I mean, all the signs were there. She came close a few times to putting 2 and 2 together to realize he was just looking for popularity. But I guess she realized it when it mattered so that’s okay.
I also liked Lilly and Michael. I thought Lilly was a bit ridiculous at times (a lot of the time) but I could see why they were friends. However, I think their fight was a great opportunity for Mia to make OTHER friends, namely Tina, who needed one. And Michael was there for her pretty much the entire time, so he totally deserved that slow dance at the end. I thought his secret communication with Lars, Mia’s bodyguard, was adorable. It was so obvious that he liked her the whole time but she was too distracted by Josh to notice. So typical.
Ending
Surprisingly everything worked out easily enough. It’s by no means the end of the story though. There are still some things to finish up, and some things to start. Mostly Mia’s acceptance of her role as princess.
Good vs. Bad
Good:
  • plot
  • characters
  • writing
  • romance
Less than perfect:
  • not much
Bottom Line
This was such a cute story. Little naive Mia had such a fun personality and she didn’t hold anything back. She was a little distracted at first but she clearly saw things by the end and made the right choices. The other characters were wonderful as well, although some were more typical than others. And it wrapped up nicely, while leaving plenty of room for a sequel. Would I read more by this author? Definitely. I will. Would I recommend this book to others? Yes.
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About Meg Cabot

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 flunked freshman Algebra twice, then decided to cut her own bangs. After six years as an undergrad at Indiana University, Meg moved to New York City (in the middle of a sanitation worker strike) to pursue a career as an illustrator, at which she failed miserably, forcing her to turn to her favorite hobby–writing novels–for emotional succor. She worked various jobs to pay the rent, including a decade-long stint as the assistant manager of a 700 bed freshmen dormitory at NYU, a position she still occasionally misses.

She is now the author of nearly fifty books for both adults and teens, selling fifteen million copies worldwide, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers, most notably The Princess Diaries series, which is currently being published in over 38 countries, and was made into two hit movies by Disney. In addition, Meg wrote the Mediator and 1-800-Where-R-You? series (on which the television series, Missing, was based), two All-American Girl books, Teen Idol, Avalon High, How to Be Popular, Pants on Fire, Jinx, a series of novels written entirely in email format (Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl, and Every Boy’s Got One), a mystery series (Size 12 Is Not Fat/ Size 14 Is Not Fat Either/Big Boned), and a chick-lit series called Queen of Babble.

Meg is now writing a new children’s series called Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls. Her new paranormal series, Abandon, debuts in Summer of 2011.

Meg currently divides her time between Key West, Indiana, and New York City with a primary cat (one-eyed Henrietta), various back-up cats, and her husband, who doesn’t know he married a fire horse. Please don’t tell him.

Rating
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
five-stars
Setting
five-stars
Romance
four-half-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

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