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Princess in Waiting (The Princess Diaries, Vol. 4) Hardcover – March 25, 2003

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Product Details

  • Series: Princess Diaries (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1st edition (March 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060096071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060096076
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fourth volume in Meg Cabot's popular Princess Diaries series, Princess in Waiting begins in the tiny country of Genovia, where 14-year-old Mia, the unlikely royal, is on winter break trying not to bite her fingernails. Being a princess and fighting for the installation of parking meters is tough, when all you really want to do is go back to your regular life in New York City and see your dreamy boyfriend Michael. Of course, Mia is soon back in the city, trying not to fail Algebra II and trying to stay afloat in a sea of self-doubt. Could it be true that she is merely a "massive reject" covered with orange cat hair? For that matter, is finding her missing lucky Queen Amidala underwear as important as finding her secret talent? Mia's frank, funny diary entries range from "Things to Do" lists ("Stop obsessing over whether or not Michael loves you vs. being in love with you"); lists of the valuable lessons of romantic heroines ("3. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice: Boys like it when you are smart-alecky."); transcripts of instant-messaging rounds with Michael; to poems ("Like the Millenium Falcon in hyperdrive/ our love will continue to thrive and thrive") and general irrational tirades. Whether or not Mia ever achieves her much-sought-after "self-actualization," teens will enjoy reading her over-the-top, up-to-the-minute-hip diary. (Ages 12 and older) --Karin Snelson

From Publishers Weekly

The fourth in the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, Princess in Waiting, finds Mia highly respected in Genovia for her fashion sense but criticized for her views on installing parking meters. Her heartthrob keeps canceling their dates, algebra looms, and Grandmere insists upon additional princess lessons due to the parking-meter debacle. What's a royal to do? Ages 12-up.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

If you're a fan of the Princess Diary series, read this!
Nancy E.
It is so cool how Mia can totally use the phone to call from Genovia to where Micheal is.
Cutie_from_belen aka Kassandra R.
Teenagers moan and groan and whine, YES, but this was down-right ANNOYING.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "pink_princessxoxo" on May 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've read some of the reviews here and it seems most readers don't seem to like this book as much as the other ones. However, I personally liked this book but maybe I'm just easy to please.
The book starts off with Mia being in Genovia during her Christmas break and her formal introduction to the Genovian populace. After a disastrous televised address where Mia inadvertently starts a debate over whether or not to install parking meters in Genovia, Mia attends all the political/royal activities planned by Grandmere and gets lectured by her grandmother for having veered off course from her prepared speech. Between acting like a princess and being tortured by Grandmere, Mia obsesses over her newly acquired boyfriend Michael (whom she has had a crush on forever), recording the days since she last saw him and then the days when she will see him again. Finally Mia returns to New York to more princess lessons from Grandmere on account of the whole parking-meter thing, more Algebra, and finally gets to see all her friends again, but best of all, her boyfriend. Just when Mia thought she was to finally have a date with Michael (seeing Star Wars at a screening room), she finds out her grandmother had other plans in mind: She wants Mia to attend a black and white ball hosted by one of Grandmere's old rivals, Countess Trevanni. Mia does not know what to do. Fancy shmancy ball or corny date with boyfriend (no offense but star wars??)? In the end, everything turns out fine and I think the end is probably the best part!!!
Cabot's writing matches the other Princess Diaries books portraying Mia as a witty, sarcastic, anxious, misfit teen who is out to conquer and change the world, whether they are ready for her or not.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Heroine Librarian on April 28, 2003
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I loved Meg Cabot's first two Princess Mia books, enjoyed the third one, and anxiously awaited the arrival of the fourth one. So I read Princess in Waiting with a feeling I must reluctantly call "disappointment." It simply seems that these books are running out of steam.
The coverage of Mia's time in Genovia (learning to be a proper princess) was amusing, and there were some wonderful inside jokes about a TV movie of her life that were clearly directed at the Disney movie version of the first book in the series.
The characters were all there, doing what they always do -- Mia making witty, mildly angst-ridden comments on life and high school, Grandmere chewing up the scene whenever she appears, Lily being upset about something, Tina being romantic and mildly drippy, Boris playing the violin and tucking his sweater into his pants, and Michael being utterly too good to be true. The elements were all there -- the diary device (though how Mia gets as much writen is bathrooms, during classes, and standing around in hallways as she does is beyond me), the lists she makes with Lily, the inserted IM conversations. But compared to the others in the series, this book just seemed flat.
Perhaps Ms. Cabot is streching herself too thin (with this series, the Mediator series, All Americal Girl, and the romance novels she writes for both teens and adults.) If she truly, as she says on her website, hopes to follow Mia though all four years of high school, she may want to pick up the pace a bit. Because at the current rate, readers may lose interest in Mia long before she goes to college, joins Greenpeace, or takes over the governing of a small European principality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lexy on July 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
Princess in Waiting began with Mia in Genovia, the small but important country that she is princess of. She is to be there for a bit less than a month. In the last book, Princess in Love, she aquired a boyfriend, her best friend's brother, Michael, who is on vacation in Florida. Mia keeps thinking that he is going to fall in love with someone like Kate Bosworth and keeps comparing herself to her. Than she accidentally forgets his birthday because she is so busy in Genovia and starts stressing out about that. This girl is a DRAMA PRINCESS!!! When school starts again, she is still worried about her relationship with Michael, and is even more stressed out when she has to cancel their first real date because she had to go to her grandmother's ball and is afraid that she is going to get dumped for sure. The ending is very sweet and mushy, but good all the same.

Princess in Waiting started out kind of slow and whiny, but got a lot better as the storyline progressed. To tell the truth, most of the first part of this book is pretty boring, and the book doesn't really get going until about halfway through. The first three were a little better, and I was able to get into them a lot easier. In this book though, she was a little too concerned with her relationship with Michael, to be honest, like he was her soul mate or something, but I really did like the ending. I just think that she was REALLY whiny and put herself down way too much.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By StarGymnast on February 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In this fourth installment of the hilarious Princess Diaries series, Mia is finally in Genovia over her winter break to be introduced to the Genovian public- where her daily schedule includes activities such as "Dedicate new modern wing of Royal Genovian Museum of Art," or "Outing with Monaco's Royal Family, Royal Genovian Yacht," and the never-ending princess lessons with Grandmere. But Mia's introduction doesn't go quite as anticipated- the Genovians weren't expecting her to be talking about how installing parking meters is a big issue! Separated from her boyfriend and true love, Michael, Mia eagerly counts down the days in her journal until she can return home to Manhattan and live her normal life again- with the exception of the princess stuff, of course. So when Mia gets back, she gets especially excited when Michael asks her to a screening of their favorite movie, Star Wars, on Friday night. But once again, Grandmere steps in and declares that Mia must go to Contessa Trevanni's ball the exact same day of Mia's date with Michael- and now, Mia is sure that Michael will dump her after she breaks him the news. From Mia having to deal with Grandmere taking her out of school early to get a gown for the ball to Lilly telling Mia that she has a talent that she hasn't figured out yet, Mia's life as a freshman at Albert Einstein High School during the second semester is filled with ups and downs! A wonderful sequel to "Princess in Love," which will have fans eagerly waiting for Book #5.
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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.

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