Book Review: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

Goodreads Synopsis

She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…

NEWS FLASH: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!)

DOWNER: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So there’s no heir to the throne.)

SHOCK OF THE CENTURY: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

THE WORST PART: Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmère, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal–blue in the face about her princessly duty—no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind.


Imagine waking up one morning, a regular teenager and then after one meeting with your grandmother your entire world is turned around.

Mia’s life is what she’d consider normal, or well as normal as a teenager’s life could get. She lives with her artist mom in an old firehouse, has an insane best friend and has her daily dose of bullying by her crush’s girlfriend. Totally normal, except not. For years, her family hid the most important thing from Mia. And while others would jump at the opportunity to be fawned over, all Mia wants is to finish high school in peace. Like any other regular person.

I’ve watched The Princess Diaries movies countless times and I keep going back wanting to relive the experience over and over again. When I picked up the book I thought I knew everything. They always change something from book to movie. It’s like I’m going in blind, learning everything from the beginning, which I basically am.

The way this book was written, a middle grade and you grow with Mia, but it didn’t feel that way. I felt that she had to grow up really quickly in order to assume the role of ‘princess’ and not look like a fool while doing it. For someone who didn’t grow up knowing all the royal customs and what goes along with being who and what she was, I think she did pretty well.

Mia surrounding family and support- Her mom seemed like such a young spirited woman and at times she gave off the illusion that she was more Mia’s friend rather than mom. I did like that she was stern when she had to be. I wasn’t a fan of Lily in this book. She seemed a bit stuck up and kind of like ‘if you’re not for me, you’re against me and if that’s the case I’m not going to like you for it’. It was either her way or no way at all. Grandmère was the most shocking for me because I was expecting someone sweet and kind and that is not what I got.

The writing style of this book, the way that when Mia is talking to her diary, it’s as if we are her diary. I loved that. Even with the noticeable changes, this book still trumps the movie and I can’t wait to continue the series.

Read: 2 August 2016
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 2001
Publisher: MacMillan Children’s Books
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Meg Cabot

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