I never got around to reading this when I was the protagonist Mia s age, and since the book and movie series became so popular, I recently decided to take a trip back to childhood and finally read this book It was a quick read, thankfully, but I didn t find it nearly as endearing as the movie version which is substantially different from the novel The book seemed awfully light on plot and substance Character development was minimal, and as a result, most of the characters including Mia weren t as likable or relatable as they could have been Mia s melodrama became tiresome, as did her best friend s ego.
The story continues with the rest of the series, so it probably improves, but the first book didn t make me eager to read the second This may be my age talking, but I suspect I wouldn t have been interested as a young teen either Overall, I was underwhelmed The movie was touching, but the booknot as much.
THIS BOOK IS A MODERN CLASSIC.
Honestly, I read this book in middle school and I still like it Can you believe that This book is so good that it makes current brilliant cool me agree with twelve year old me, who loved Justin Bieber and thought Aeropostale graphic tees were the height of fashion It s miraculous Also I m amazing Just thought I d clarify that in case my previous statement hadn t made it clear Anyway this is so so so so fun and surprisingly woke for having been written 18 years ago I truly enjoyed it and now have suckered myself into rereading this whole series, which is like seriously a thousand books long.
But wait I just realized Mia is 14 years old My god WAIT A DRUNKEN EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD KISSED HER I may have to deduct a half star and or take back that whole woke comment from a paragraph ago.
Bottom line Is there anything better than rereading a dumb book you loved when you were dumb and being like oh wow this is actually crazy fun I first read this series YEARS ago but thought it was time for a reread with A Royal Wedding coming out this summer I simply loved it I thought maybe since I m so much older I wouldn t like it as much, and that maybe I d get annoyed even.
Freshman Mia can be a little dramatic but I didn t It was perfect Excited to continue reading on until the new book comes out In some ways, I actually feel like I connect better with Mia now then I did before, not because I m a princess secretly or because I m having boy problems.
But I never realized before how much Mia talks about being a vegetarian and animal rights and stuff It was pretty awesome I also love her mom and Fat Louie D view spoiler I forgot that Michael was into Mia so early on.
Isn t a bit odd that a senior likes a Freshman Idk.
Maybe it s just me hide spoiler THIS WAS SO ADORABLE AND HILARIOUS AND NOW I NEED THE REST OF THE books RIGHT NOW PLZ THX
Honestly, this book was a complete surprise for me I had never read it I know, I know and I loved it So smart and clever and totally kick butt feminist This book was so ahead of its time when it was first published I don t know but I would guess there was backlash lol I can t wait to pick up the next one and I definitely recommend the audiobooks as well Anne Hathaway narrates the first three and she does an amazing job I could try and nitpick and find something to critique but I honestly don t want to this was a great book.
4 starsThis was way funnier than I thought it would be Mia is hysterical, and Meg Cabot s writing style is right up my alley I m looking forward to reading the gazillion other books that are in this series Say hello to Mia Thermopolis, 14 years old and frustrated with teendom and it s innumerable woes.
To jot down a few of her frustrations 1 She is the tallest girl in her class, has feet like skis, is gawky, geeky and has a chestline that is flatter than a surfboard.
2 Her mouse brown dishwater blonde hair is triangular in shape and has a rampant life of it s own.
3 She is a child born of wedlock, the offspring of a tempestuous college romance between the lofty Phillipe Renaldo of Genoviafictional country in Europe located between France and Italyand the scatterbrained, avant garde artist Helen Thermopolis of Greenwich village The latter, by the way, is now dating her Algebra professor, Mr.
4 She regularly gets ridiculed by her high school nemesis the predictably pretty and obnoxious cheerleader, Lana Weinberger.
5 She has an unrequited crush on the most popular senior in school, Josh Richter.
6 Her best friend, Lilly Moscovitz has an IQ of 170, is an opinionated radical speaker and loves to psychoanalyze Mia at every given opportunity 7 Lilly s brother, the cool and nonchalant Michael Moscovitz would make the perfect boyfriend if he would only stop looking at Mia as nothingthan his kid sister s best friend.
And if that carpet bombing isn t enough, she wakes up to a startling discovery She isn t plain old Mia Thermapolis She is in fact Her Royal Highness, Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldi, Crown Princess of Genovia.
Yes, that s right an honest to goodness, true blue Princess If it wasn t for the fact that her father the current ruler of Genovia had testicular cancer that rendered him infertile, Mia would have lived the rest of her life in happy oblivion But now, she is the solo heir to the throne of Genovia.
While finding out that you are a sparkly princess is every young girl s Disney dream come true for Mia, it s just another trial Mia will now have to learn and deal with everything that being royalty entails Say hello to drastic makeovers, pushy paparazzi and gold diggers riding piggyback on her newly exalted status And guiding her will be her grandmother from refined hell, Clarisse Marie Grimaldi Renaldo, the Dowager Princess of Genovia.
Written in a series of journal entries, the book is hilarious and at times even drop dead funny Mia s hyperactive approach to life and it s vagaries is captured perfectly by the supremely talented Meg Cabot Here s a book nay, seriesthat I wish was around when I was a gawky teenager going through my own personal blend of heaven n hell back in college The Princess Diaries series is a fun, entertaining and frothy talisman that every self doubting teenage girl should read, commiserate and revel in.
Mia Thermopolis lives in Manhattan with her artist mother Helen, going to a private school called Albert Einstein High and spending the summers with her father and his mother at her chateau in France She knows they re rich, but she thinks her dad is just a politician At school she s unpopular and has triangular hair her best friend Lilly has her own tv show and is trying to expose the racism of the Chinese owners of the deli across the road for discounting Asian students 5 cents she s in love with the most popular boy at school, Josh, who doesn t even seem to know she s alive she s failing Algebra and her mum is going out with her teacher Mr Gianini Life is already a bit of a strain and when her dad tells her he s the crown prince of Genovia and, since his testicular cancer has left him unable to havechildren, Mia is now the heir to the throne, it becomes evenunbearable.
She s seriously not happy about the news, but makes a compromise with her Dad that she ll keep going to school like normal, but would spend the summers in Genovia doing the princess thing She wasn t expecting her formidable grandmother to come to New York to give her princess lessons, and she wasn t expecting the same grandmother to leak the story to the press Now she s suddenly popular but it s the last thing she wants.
Mia is effortlessly engaging, her voice and personality coming through strongly in her diary entries She s funny without meaning to be, insightful without realising it, revealsthan she intends, and so allows the reader to not only really get to know her but also see what s going onclearly than she does, as she s blinded by her own interests, passions and opinions It s actually very cleverly written, and very funny.
The grandmother is a scary character Julie Andrews really toned the character down for the movie she wears a purple turban, smokes a lot, drinks her favourite cocktail all the time, and comes across as somewhat harsh and even cruel She certainly intimidates her son, Phillipe, and anyone else who crosses her path She may have met her match with Mia and I can see that as Mia slowly grows, matures and, yes, transforms, she ll probably have a softening effect on her grandmother as well She s certainly got an interesting past, but we only get hints of it at this stage.
Essentially, what saves this book from being just another YA journal style teenage girl gushathon is Mia s liveliness, her spirit, her humour and, well, her She s a wonderful protagonist and a good role model not that she doesn t make some pretty silly mistakes and choices along the way She s also a familiar character, and reminds me that what s considered ordinary usually disguises something pretty extraordinary Plus, I love her summing up of Marx s contradictions of capitalism despite the fluffy pink cover, this is no Gossip Girls kind of book Mia s not into having the latest crap she s a conscientious worrier, and wants to join Greenpeace to save the whales She s a bit of a dag, really, and that makes her infinitely likeable, even loveable.
The First Book In TheNew York Times Bestselling Princess Diaries Series By Meg CabotMia Thermopolis Is Pretty Sure There S Nothing Worse Than Being A Five Foot Nine, Flat Chested Freshman, Who Also Happens To Be Flunking Algebra Is She Ever In For A SurpriseFirst Mom Announces That She S Dating Mia S Algebra Teacher Then Dad Has To Go And Reveal That He Is The Crown Prince Of Genovia And Guess Who Still Doesn T Have A Date For The Cultural Diversity Dance The Princess Diaries Is The First Book In The Beloved, Bestselling Series That Inspired The Feature Film Starring Anne Hathaway And Julie Andrews