Title: The Princess Diaries
Author: Meg Cabot
Release Date: October 28 2001
Genre: Realistic Fiction
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 always meets her at the airport!)
Downer: Dad can't have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)
Shock of the century: Like it or not, Mia is prime princess material.
The worst part: Princess lessons from her dreaded grandmere, 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. But what's a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO?
Did I like reading The Princess Diaries? Why yes, yes I did. I’ve enjoyed reading all of Cabot’s books. She captures the mind of a teenager girl perfectly. The Princess Diaries was a fun read. The book was written as a journal, and this made the events flow nicely. The story was addicting; sometimes I couldn’t stop reading.
Something that bothered me was that she used the words, “I mean” VERY often. It became very distracting after a while. Also, Mia (the main character) repeated everything that was going on in her life A LOT. I could understand her talking about her problems, but listing them all again and again was tiring. After reading for a while, I got used to it, but was relieved when new things came along. Other than that, the book was good.
It was funny that Mia didn’t hide any judgments. And why would she? She was writing in her private diary; she wrote her every thought in there. She wrote about her crush, school, her mom and dad, friends, and all about how she was to be the princess of Genovia. You would think that any teenage girl would LOVE to get to be a princess. Not Mia. That’s what was interesting about The Princess Diaries. It makes you think how you would handle that crazy situation.
This book made want to keep reading the series. I would say that they are for ages 12-16, and probably only girls would like these books. The Princess Diaries was certainly enjoyable. It made me laugh out loud.