The Princess Diaries by Meg CabotThe Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries

byMeg Cabot

Paperback | March 25, 2008

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The first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot.

Mia 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 surprise.

First 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. Beautifully repackaged in paperback, this title will appeal to new readers as well as fans looking to update their collection.  

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series The Princess Diaries. She lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.
Title:The Princess DiariesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:March 25, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061479934

ISBN - 13:9780061479939

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story I was trying to think of a light, fun book to read, so I chose The Princess Diaries. I loved this series when I was growing up, and I haven’t read it in many years. It was so fun to revisit an old favourite. This story was still so entertaining today. It was exciting when Mia found out she was a Princess. I couldn’t remember all of the details of the story, so it was like reading it for the first time all over again. There were so many funny situations between Mia’s strict grandmother and her mother’s new boyfriend who also happened to be Mia’s algebra teacher. One thing I noticed right away was the out-of-date references in the story. For example, there was a joke that someone may have been building a bomb in their room. That would be totally unacceptable in a book today. There were also references to certain politicians and New York socialites which probably wouldn’t appear today. This book was originally published in July 2001, so it was a completely different political climate. I really enjoyed rereading The Princess Diaries!
Date published: 2018-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great series Absolutely loved the series. A great fun summer read.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun summer read!! I have had this book on my bookshelf for YEARS! (think middle school) I am now 23 and finally got around to reading the book. It is such a fun book, I sped through it. It reminds me of my high school years and what it was like to be that age. Great read if you're at the beach or by the pool and just want to read something that puts you in a good mood.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful What girl doesn't dream of being a princeess? Even at 20 years of age I still find myself reading this book when I am in need of a little extra comfort.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Loved the movie and the book was pretty good too! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute! I absolutely love the movies and thought that I should finally start reading the books. Meg Cabot is amazing.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy Read and Hilarious I remember reading this book as a young adult. It is a cute story with humor intermingled along the way. I would recommend this book to teens.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I loved this book! I also love the movies, but I think everyone should read the book before seeing the movie, because then you can imagine everything for yourself.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Loved this book! A fun and easy read with super interesting characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I read this book because of the movie but the movie was only about 1/3 of the book! #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the series This book was not a disappointment. This was fun and easy to read. Read it many years ago when it first came out and I still pick it up now after 10 years and can reread it. I do hope that Meg Cabot continues with the series for the adult fans.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun I love this series! It's fun, hilarious and just enjoyable overall.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny and light The princess diaries are a great light read that will make you laugh and relate to the main character, Mia,despite being a princess.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Witty and Fun Fun, light reading for the summer.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read Very lightheard and entertaining read, highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable. Cabot dazzled with the first book in this series. Full of wit, humour and the angst of Young teenagers, The Princess Diaries remains an enjoyable read for girls of all ages.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More enjoyable then the movie. Cabot's wit, humour and sense of teenage angst shows through the pages and makes this an enjoyable read for girls of all ages.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great and easy read! Definitely different than the movies but it's a great book. A really light read but funny.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very entertaining! Different than the movie in quite a few ways but still hilarious!! It's a very quick and easy read, and so is the rest of the series. I highly recommend it if you want something light and entertaining.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pure Fluff and Stuff I saw the movie first and the two are very different but i really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I read this as a pre-teen and loved it!
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Newfound Classic A classic, lovable,funny, and relatable read. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great laugh out loud It surprised me when I read it a few years back. I loved the story and Mia especially.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light and fun. Read these novels through junior high/high school. Was fun and great for a young girl.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great series Read this book a couple months ago after reading the 4th book or something first. has Romance, adventure, and sorta has all the problems as a normal teenaged girl minus the being a princess part. unless they are a princess
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it These books got me through primary/high school! Quirky, funny and romantic..I recommend it for sure
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good series. I enjoyed this book and the entire series. I read the entire series a couple years ago as a pre-teen and loved it. Although it is in the teen section i would recommend this series for pre-teen readers.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Princess Diaries Although cute, it lacks the sweetness and naïveté of the movie version.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Cute I've been meaning to give this book a read for a while, as I'm a fan of the movie. The first thing I can say is that the book is vastly different in details, while still being the same at the core. It's definitely not complex by any means, but it is a very light and fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed Mia's commentary, and can remember feeling a lot of the same things when I was that age, and the author managed to get a very realistic teenager tone. I will be giving the other books in the series a look, and recommend this if you want something fun, light, and a little frivolous. Advanced readers take note: I read the entire thing in several hours over one night, so don't expect a read that will sustain you for any length of time.
Date published: 2014-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the book It was awesome I absolutely loved it. princess Mia has an hilarious personality
Date published: 2014-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Princess Mia The ultimate light, fun (yet enjoyably quirky) read! I have probably read the whole series 5 times through! It is always fun to watch Mia grow as a person through her hilarious narrative!
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Princess diaries This book was amazing it doesn't take very long to read it either; it took me one school year to read it twice (15 mins everyday) .As for the quality it was different than the movie , which i have seen before i read the book. I found the book better than the movie because the movie the book had more detail than a hour & a half movie were they had a budget. I really recomend this book. I do have to admit i skipped a couple of pages because i found it wasnt intresting but still a very good book to read. I love this story line :)
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute, Modern Fairy Tale!!!!!!!! The Princess Diaries' cover made me even wanna read it!! It was a great, quirky read that made me laugh throughout the story. I thought Mia was a little too self centered and kinda dumb, but the storyline/plot was great. It was a fun book that left me wanting more. I wannabe to read the next one for sure!!!
Date published: 2012-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful, quirky and fun Mini Review: One of the most delightful tween/YA books I have ever read. Mia is so adorable and real you just can't help but fall in love with her. I absolutely love the way Cabot writes her dialogue and it often reminds me of something that would come out of Whedon. (a true compliment). Mia is a true delight and she made me snort out loud with her outrageous comments and her truly kooky family. Cabot truly has a gift for writing loveable quirky characters. Loved all the Star Trek references which appealed to my inner nerd. If I was doing my usual full review I would have a hell of a time choosing only 3 of my favorite passages, as there were so many. Nice morals of being true to yourself, the importance of compassion and integrity without being all preachy and in your face - love you Cabot! This one is perfect for tweens, teens and adults who remember the awkwardness of being a teen. Just do yourself a favor and pick this one up. "When I walked in, he folded the paper all carefully, put it down, and gave me this long, intent look, like Captain Picard right before he starts going on to Riker about the Prime Directive." Pg 63 5 Dewey's I bought this at the Meg Cabot signing at Chapters Queensway because Terri suggested I buy it -- Thanks Terri!
Date published: 2011-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I read this series when the movie was first coming out and quickly caught up on the series. Then there was a period when I was waiting for another book and i just sort of lost track of them. I will probably catch up on them soon now that the series is done.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I actually really liked this book, it was surprisingly more real then i had expected ( i was on the lookout for the disney version), although it was still a fun read. And sometimes, you just have to read for fun.
Date published: 2008-03-20

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