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The Princess Diaries Paperback – March 25, 2008
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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.
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What? A princess??
Me??? Yeah, right.
Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there's nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also... Read more
No it was boring . I don't want to have to read 10 books to get the whole storyPublished 9 days ago by Melanie Davis
I. Love. This. Book!! If you can put out of your mind everything you've seen in the first movie this book is A-MAZING! Read morePublished 12 days ago by B. Kraft
Good story but I never buy additional books because I think publishing cliffhangers is a disgusting marketing ploy. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Kindle Customer
I know it's for young teens, but I've seen the movie and really enjoyed it. The book is just as sweet and fun. Read morePublished 1 month ago by anotherbibliophile
This is the second book this year that I wish I would not have read, just stuck to the movie. That's just as painful to read as it was to type. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lauren Alumbaugh
I really was hoping to fall in love with this book. I saw the movie and while I knew it would not be like the book I was hoping for a little more. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jean