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Book 1 of 10 in the Princess Diaries Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Princess Diaries (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061479934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061479939
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (609 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mia Thermopolis is your average urban ninth grader. Even though she lives in Greenwich Village with a single mom who is a semifamous painter, Mia still puts on her Doc Martens one at a time, and the most exciting things she ever dreams about are smacking lips with sexy senior Josh Richter, "six feet of unadulterated hotness," and passing Algebra I. Then Mia's dad comes to town, and drops a major bomb. Turns out he's not just a European politician as he's always lead her to believe, but actually the prince of a small country! And Mia, his only heir, is now considered the crown princess of Genovia! She doesn't even know how to begin to cope: "I am so NOT a princess.... You never saw anyone who looked less like a princess than I do. I mean, I have really bad hair... and... a really big mouth and no breasts and feet that look like skis." And if this news wasn't bad enough, Mia's mom has started dating her algebra teacher, the paparazzi is showing up at school, and she's in a huge fight with her best friend, Lilly. How much more can this reluctant Cinderella handle?

Offbeat Mia will automatically win the heart of every teenage girl who's ever just wanted to fit in with as little fuss as possible. Debut author Meg Cabot's writing is silly and entertaining, with tons of pop culture references that will make teens feel right at home within her pages. This is a wonderfully wacky read. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

A teenager living in modern-day Greenwich Village in New York City discovers that she is now the heir apparent to the throne in a European country, in this novel, soon to be a motion picture starring Julie Andrews. Ages 12-up.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

I thought the book was a very funny well written book.
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I would definitely recommend this book to anyone around 12-15 years old.
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I cannot WAIT to get started on the next book in the series!!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Dianna Setterfield on December 31, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Princess Diaries gets two enthusiastic thumbs-up from me! This book was extremely cute and funny. The writing was very "authentically teenage" and the characters were an absolute treat. A very quick read and enjoyable to the last page.
High school freshman, Mia Thermopolis, just wants to be normal... Oh, and to have the school's hottest guy, Josh Richter, to fall madly in love with her, but she knows THAT will never happen. Then something very terrible happens: her father, after finding out he can no longer have any other children, tells Mia she is the heir to the throne of his small, European home, Genovia. Excuse me?! So that would make her...a PRINCESS!! Most girls would fall all over themselves with excitement, but for Mia, who just wants to be your average teenage high school freshman, vows to keep this disturbing news all to herself. Well, as if THAT would ever happen...
So cute, so refreshing, so fun to read. Deals with regular adolescent tribulations, as well as some that only happen in dreams, i.e., becoming a princess overnight. I highly recommend The Princess Diaries to teens and grown-ups alike. It has all the best qualities and is a great way to spend an entertaining afternoon. I am not even kidding.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book kept me amused long after the final page was turned. It tells the story of Mia Thermopolis, who lives with her mom in the suburbs. Her parents are divorced, and her father lives in Genovia. In the story, she learns that her father is a prince--the prince of Genovia! Because her father cannot have any more children, Mia is heir to the throne! In the book, she finds this out and tries to deal with it. The book is written in diary format, which made it enjoyable, because it let me see her thoughts day by day. She is very much like a real teen, at times going overboard with guys, style, and friends. Mia's attitude was well written, the author did a good job finding out how a teen thinks. These things together led me to rate this book a four. I would recommend this book to any girl over age twelve, who like to read about other teen's lives. Because this story revolves around a teenage girl, if you're a guy, this book will most likely not be interesting to you. Also, there are a few spots in this book that wouldn't be appropriate for girls under twelve. All in all, The Princess Diaries is a great read that will keep you smiling until the last page.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By SooperMum on October 17, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of my guilty pleasures is young adult literature. (Maybe it's the kid in me.) I didn't expect this book to be any great masterpiece (it's not). It is somewhat enjoyable, if a bit frivolous. No real surprise.

I was, however, surprised by adult themes in a book marketed to young girls. The book is VERY different from the (cleaned up) Disney movie. If I had an elementary school aged daughter there is no way I would want her reading this. I'm not sure I'd want a high school aged daughter reading it, for that matter.

As the book series progresses, the adult themes are more and more pronounced. With much of book eight devoted to whether or not Mia will "do it".

Before you buy this book for a young reader, please take the time to read (or at least skim) not only this book but later books in the series. If you are thinking of buying this book for someone who liked the movie, you might be disappointed. I agree with others who recommend "A Royal Pain" by Ellen Conford, as a clean alternative to this book.

If your child does read (or has already read) this book, you might want to take the opportunity discuss the adult topics in the book, rather than letting the author alone shape your child's perceptions on such important subjects. Ultimately, it's up to you.
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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Agnes on January 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Whether fans of Meg Cabot's other books, fans of the popular Disney film based on the series, or readers searching for a new book to enjoy, you have somehow stumbled upon this review. I warn you now, I'm going to give it to you straight.

The first installment to The Princess Diaries is basically a diary, as the title suggests, belonging to a girl named Mia Thermopolis, who gets the surprise of her life when she is told that she is actually a princess. Upon learning this fact, Mia is incredibly unhappy, and, while on this topic, I will proceed to a corresponding topic.

The major negative of this book is Mia. A basic overview of her: she is a vegetarian, supposedly cares strongly for certain causes, refuses to wear fur, shares some of her mother's viewpoints and opinions, believes in being eco-friendly, and (all of the aforementioned aside) while she may care strongly for causes having to do with the welfare of animals, she doesn't care much about people.

The reader is told that Mia's father has battled cancer. Mia proceeds to belittle her father because the form of cancer he had was testicular and makes many comments on how this makes him feel inadequate because he can no longer father any more children. Any time this character happens to mention her father (and the situation is meant for humorous purposes), she makes a jab about his cancer. I found this disgusting. Having known many people who have fought and lost a fight against cancer, let me just put this lightly and say what little character this character has; this is one of the most telling things about Mia Thermopolis. And yes, this did impact how I rated the book.
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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.

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