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The Princess Diaries
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on April 19, 2015
Interesting
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on April 4, 2015
This book is a great laugh and a much more realistic insight to the "mysterious" teen mind than most YA novels. Mia talks about what most teen girls talk about and shares her worries - which are very similar to most teen girls
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on March 28, 2015
I have read the first three books in the series, and it was different than I expected. I definitely liked the movie more, because with these books, I missed the loving Grandma-type character. That was kind of the whole point of the movie, and in the book Grandmere is a monster, so I was surprised in a not-so-good way. But once you get over that, you can enjoy the novels better. After the third one, though, I decided I had better put them down, because I'm only 13, and in all of them, there inappropriate mentionings of things I don't really want to hear it. Also, Lilly Moscovitz is just kind of annoying because she's not nice at all, not the slightest bit, just kind of a bully. But I did like Helen Thermopolis and Mr. G, and Michael Moscovitz especially. If you were expecting the movie, brace yourself for something different, but if you weren't just enjoy.
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on March 16, 2015
Every girl should read this series.
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on February 27, 2015
Read this as a teen shortly after the movie came out. I like both equally. Of course, the movie strayed from the book a good bit, but almost every movie does. It's a good story, well written.
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on February 25, 2015
In the first Princess Diaries novel by Meg Cabot, Mia Thermopolis finds out that her father is the prince of Genovia, a small european country that nobody has ever heard of. And because her father can't have kids anymore, this in turn makes her the only heir to the throne of Genovia. You might imagine what a shock that is for a 14-year-old girl.

It was just a matter of time until I decided to write a review of this novel. It's probably my most re-read novel of all time and it's been one of my favourites for going on five years now, which is INSANE, given the fact that it's somewhere between a MG and a YA read. Of course everyone has probably watched the movie starring Anne Hathaway, but I dearly, dearly recommend reading the novel, because they changed so much about what makes the story so interesting and the series so successful.

No matter what age you are, I guarantee you, you will suffer with Mia. Mia is your typical teenager with typical teenage problems - unrequited crushes, terrible self-image and a family that's kind of messed up, The way Cabot portrays her had me back when I was the same age as Mia and I could identify with her character a lot. Cabot is just great at writing teenagers and the character voice is insanely unique. While we do have a lot of cliché characters, Cabot somehow gives the whole thing a twist: the mean cheerleader Lana and her hot boyfriend that Mia is crushing on could be such shallow characters, but they are not cardboard cutouts. Every character in the novel just feels real and you can tell that a lot of character building went into this. I especially loved Mia's best friend Lily with her nerdiness and her therapist parents. Their relationship is the base of this novel to be honest and Cabot cleverly uses Lily as a possibility to give Mia (and the audience) advice without pushing it.

Another gem in this novel is Mia's grandmother - in the movie she's a sweetheart but in the novel she's basically ... well yeah I don't want to say it, but it rhymes with witch. Mia goes through so much character development by trying to defy her grandmother and learning to do whatever she wants instead of trying to please everyone. I think that's the main reason why I have and still love this novel so much - because throughout the course of the novel she grows so much in character. She teaches young kids that your life may seem terrible whenever something is happening that makes your world come crashing down, but in the end it's going to be fine. When I was her age, I worried about the same things, I identified with basically all of her problems and the way she deals with them helped me a lot and I can imagine that it's the same for other teenagers out there.

I rooted for Mia to get with Josh and the resolution made my heart ache while still being happy that she made the right choice. Of course it's a cliché storyline, of course it's your typical high school novel and yeah I'm being subjective and a little big nostalgic when I wholeheartedly recommend this to you guys. It's easy to get lost in this novel, even when you're not fourteen anymore, because the writing is just on point. This book has everything: great characters, an actual lesson (which in my humble opinion, YA literature should ALWAYS ALWAYS have), superb writing and an easy plot that isn't too complicated. Did I mention massive character growth? If you haven't read it yet or simply seen the movie, you should try it. You're not going to regret it, trust me.
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on February 11, 2015
What great characters! Everyone is so unique and engaging. Mia's voice is fabulous. So glad I took the time to learn the real story--not just the one they portrayed in the movie. I am a die-hard Cabot fan. :)
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on February 4, 2015
This is a great book as are all the other ones I have read of this series. Meg Cabot is a great author and her books are amazing.
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on February 3, 2015
This is nothing like the movie which is great. A new storyline which I very much appreciated! A must read for all teen girls!
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on January 25, 2015
I love the way it was written,
Its like one of those books that you read and you'll never forget but then you get so excited because you then figure out that it's actually a series...
My story right there...
CANNOT WAIT TILL I READ THE NEXT BOOK
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