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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
  • Series: Princess Diaries (Quality) (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (March 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060096128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060096120
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,604,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-9–In volume five in the series, Princess Mia has a new problem to overcome–how to get to the senior prom when boyfriend Michael thinks it's the height of lame. More drama erupts when Grandmère brings her poodle to Mia's 15th birthday party at a fancy restaurant. He gets loose, a busboy from Nepal gets fired, Mia's best friend starts a protest on his behalf, and the subsequent restaurant workers' strike shuts down the entire food and hotel industry, including the prom venue. Grandmère refuses to take responsibility, but finds an alternate prom site, and Mia manages to get the gig for Michael's new band. Thus, she gets to go to the prom. Fans will eat up this newest installment in the life of a teenage royal, and they won't mind Mia's whining and often shallow insistence on the importance of the dance over a fight that might end her long-standing friendship with her best friend, and Grandmère's immature behavior. Mia is an engaging if sometimes not very memorable heroine, and the conversational tone of the diary entries makes this a fun, lighthearted read.–Linda Bindner, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
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From Booklist

Gr. 7-10. The fifth volume in the Princess Diaries series finds Mia Thermopolis, high-school freshman and Genovian princess-in-waiting, with much on her mind: her fifteenth birthday, her continuing search for self-actualization, princess lessons with imperious Grandmere, her pregnant mom's approaching due date, and, most important, boyfriend Michael's senior prom. As expected, snafus abound. Michael shows no interest in prom; there's a rift with best friend Lilly; Grandmere's pooch causes haute uproar in a snooty restaurant, resulting in a service workers' strike; and, horrors, the prom is canceled. Mia's journal entries, filled with pop references and animated commentary, are sure to entertain; her romantic expectations (drawn largely from her favorite movies) contrast humorously with reality checks. Series fans will enjoy Mia's continuing saga that once again blends typical teen trials with noblesse oblige, and look forward to another installment. Shelle Rosenfeld
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More About the Author

Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg's nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in "her books can be habit forming." She currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats.

Meg's first ever adult book in the Princess Diaries series, "Royal Wedding", will be available in Summer 2015, along with an installment of the series for younger readers, "From the Notebook of a Middle School Princess". "Remembrance", a new book in the Mediator series will be available in February of 2016.

Customer Reviews

Now Mia is unsure that she will ever have the chance of attending the prom with Michael.
Erika Sorocco
People who say Mia has gotten too whiny since book 3 will be a little dissapointed- Mia does quite a bit of whining about going to the prom.
I'm a huge fan of Meg Cabot's "Princess Diaries" series, and was excited to read her newest one, PRINCESS IN PINK.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By hiphopgirl_1000 on May 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Yes, I admit, after book #4, I had my doubts if Meg Cabot could ever write another Princess Diaries book as good as the first three. But boy was I wrong...
We catch up with Mia almost at the end of the school year. Of course things are now definitely clicking better than the beginning of the year. She is going to become a big sister and has just gotten a job on the newspaper "The Atom", even if it is the lowly position of reporting the school's lunch menu for the week. (Just as a side note : I loved the issues of "The Atom" in this book! Wish there had been more. They were so light-hearted and fun to read). But the best thing of all is that she has the world's greatest boyfriend, the love of her life, Micheal and it is Mia's dream of a lifetime to go the the school Prom with Micheal and spend an evening with him and hopefully getting to "second base". Unfortuntely things go all wrong before they do right. A diaster at Mia's 15th birthday party has caused the whole city's busboys to go on strike and now both Grandmere and Lily are in a deadlocked battle against eachother because of it. If things don't get settled soon, there might be no prom at all. But most importanty, the BIGGEST problem is that Micheal thinks the Prom is LAME!!! LAME!! Can Mia work some magic so her dream comes true? Or will she have to spend all her life regretting that she never went to the Prom with her love?
Okay, okay, enough with telling what happens. Now onto my opinion of the book. Like always, Mia made me laugh with all the idiot things she keeps coming up with. Being the same age as Mia herself, I can relate to some of those lame teen things everybody goes through. But my favorite part was when Mia thought she had Asperger's syndrome. So why didn't I give this book 5 stars?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on March 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Everyone's favorite Princess, Mia Thermopolis, is back, and better than ever. After waiting five long years to see Mia finally hit 15-years-old, the time has come. In PRINCESS IN PINK, Mia is celebrating a long-awaited birthday, where she is hoping for many fantastic gifts; she is the newest staffer on the school newspaper, which is extremely exciting, even if she's got a boring topic to cover; she's reaching the end of Freshman Algebra, which she just knows she's going to pass; she's got a fantastic boyfriend, who would be even more fantstic if he would just ask her to the prom; and she's waiting to find out whether her Mother's baby will be a boy or girl. But now trouble has begun, as there is a food worker's strike which is pitting Grandmere (Mia's Grandmother, and the Dowager Princess of Genovia) against Lilly (Mia's best friend), and threatening the very existence of this year's prom. Now Mia is unsure that she will ever have the chance of attending the prom with Michael.
The year's wait was definitely worth it, as some of the old Mia is shining through yet again. As opposed to being so infatuated and obsessed with Michael, as in the last PRINCESS DIARIES book, PRINCESS IN WAITING, Mia is showing off her brain, and working on many other things that don't even involve Michael. Cabot has created a fun addition to the PRINCESS DIARIES series, featuring Mia and her pals. The few issues of Albert Einstein High School's Newspaper THE ATOM are quite fun to read as well, as you get to see what Mia's new project is all about. Overall this was a fantastic read, and will be cherished by all fans of Cabot's work. Pick this up as soon as possible, as you won't be disappointed.
Erika Sorocco
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have been following this series since it first came out, and I have to say I enjoyed the first 3 but was disappointed in the 4th one. I was hoping that Mia would mature a little more and stop obsessing about her boyfriend all the time. Sadly, she seems to have become more shallow and self-centered then ever in this book. (...). I found the whole sub-plot with Jangbu not very interesting. Mia, of course, is too wrapped up in her own life and her own supposed problems to get very involved with Jangbu's situation, although he was fired because of her grandmother. At one point she even says something along the lines of "I have my own problems, if he were in my situation, I'm sure he'd understand." I think losing a job is more important than worrying about whether your boyfriend will ask you to a dance.
I might have enjoyed this book more if I hadn't been familiar with Mia's character from the other books, and wouldn't have realized how much she changed. Meg Cabot still has an engaging way of writing, and a knack for picking up how real teenagers talk. Perhaps Mia is just going through a particularly whiny phase. I will probably read the next book in the series to see if she grows up a bit, but this book was disappointing.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Snowgirl on April 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Lilly has always been the self-proclaimed feminist, but her influence on Mia definitely showed in this latest addition to the Princess Diaries series. Problem: Mia wants to attend the senior prom, but her boyfriend Michael doesn't want to, and it's only through him that she can go. Instead of considering what he wants, she whines and tries to subtly coerce him into going to the dance. She convinces her classmates to hire Michael's band to perform at the dance, further showing her true colors as it goes against even the band members' own wishes. The value she places on herself and her own desires, above the desires of others, is utterly selfish and disgusting. I strongly recommend NOT reading this book, it really made me dislike Mia as a character.

Why is the prom more important than respecting someone else's wishes? If Mia and Michael were so compatible, they wouldn't be split on this issue. From her insistence on the prom (which also seems uncharacteristic for her to want so badly), to the feminist view that men are oppressors and women shouldn't take their husbands' last names after marriage, Lilly's cold disregard for Boris' feelings and later hypocrisy over him and Tina, to the hateful quote that women need men like a fish needs a bicycle, and Mia's goal to "mold" her little brother into the perfect (read: pussified) boyfriend...shame on you, Ms. Cabot. You make masculinity something to be suppressed and ashamed of, when it should be revered.

Also, as some reviewers have said, 15 is a bit young to be exploring sexually, and it's illogical for Mia and Lilly to join in on such behavior. Since when does turning 15 equate with 'becoming a woman'? Kind of an odd thing to say.
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