Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Book Review: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Published: 2000
Paperback, 230 pages
Borrowed from Library

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!
Little Known Facts
1. I picked this up because the cover was pink.
2. I didn't realize this was the book the movie is based on.
3. I also didn't realize that Meg Cabot wrote this book.
4. I think Meg Cabot stole my 14 year old personality and changed my name to Mia.

From the first to last page, I was entertained. This book takes place in my beloved hometown and makes very funny references to it:
" Lily intends to take a hand-held camera down to Washington Square Park and film the tourist who come up to us ad ask if we know how to get to Green Witch Village."
Meg Cabot made me love and relate to Mia. Who hasn't thought about what it would be like to be a princess? Although it would've been a dream come true for me at that age, I can understand Mia's immediate, horrified reaction. And although I had a pretty ok self image when I was younger, the doubts that crept in were so similar to Mia's in a charming hilarious sort of way.

She even admired her outspoken, intelligent best friend Lily instead of admiring the popular cheerleader Lana. If I read another YA Fiction novel where the MC idolizes a vapid "popular girl" for ridiculous reasons (ie. she has a lot of fake friends, she's super skinny, she's mean to people, all the boys like her etc), my brain might explode. Thanks, Meg Cabot and Mia Thermopolis, for not making my brain explode.

I really loved this book. It gets a full 4 star rating from me. I highly recommend this to everyone especially fans of YA Fiction, books written in an epistolary style with charming characters.



  1. I have never read anything by this author. You make her books sound great.

  2. I've got a stack of books from this series on my shelf. I'm hoping to read them this summer. =)

  3. @Lisa Check her out sometime!!

    @Chelle A stack?! I'm jealous! These are perfect summer reads :)

  4. I've always wanted to read this, may have to grab a copy now, you made it sound even better.
    The film is one f my favourites so would love to see what changes they made from the book. For one, her dad is dead in the film, is he alive in the book? strange!!

  5. @Barmybex Whoa really?! You're going to be reeeally surprised when you read the book then hahah!

  6. Yay for pink covers! :P I love what you said about Mia admiring her friend instead of the popular girl (and I laughed at your thank you).

    I really enjoyed the first book, the next 2-3 were ok, but after that it just started to bug me. I think I stopped reading around book 7 or 8.

  7. @Small HAHA!! You know what I mean though?!

    I'm going to read them and see how long I can read her diaries before I get annoyed too! When I saw that there were 10 books I was in shock lol!

  8. Aw, I love Mia too. Pretty much anything by Meg Cabot is a thumbs up for me but I have a special place for the Princess Diaries. So cute.

    Although Mia is blond and yet I can't stop thinking Anne Hathaway.

  9. I LOVED this book! I think I got all the way to book 4 or 7. Yeah, I obviously forgot :/ Meg Cabot just has a way with words. She knows how to entertain! :)

    BTW that's so cool that it takes place in your hometown!

  10. OMG Lovveee Meg Cabot!! Read like, every book of hers :) The Princess Diaries was my first! ah...gud times gud times and glad u enjoyed the book :D

  11. I actually haven't read any of Cabot's books, but I did enjoy this movie. I should def get arond to reading soon.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog


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