Title: The Princess Diaries
Author: Meg Cabot
Series: The Princess Diaries #1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Chic lit, Easy reading
Publisher: Harper Teen
5th sentence, 74th page: I mean, even though everybody at Albert Einstein High School thinks I’m a freak, I’m sort of getting used to it.
What? A Princess? Me??? Yeah, right.
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?
I got this book yesterday, and bought it because, well, I love the movies. Which is why I wasn’t really expecting to love the books. Generally, I love the movies, or I love the books, but almost never both. Actually, I think that this is the first time I’ve fallen head over heels for both. They’re just different enough that I wasn’t 100% sure of what was going to happen, but so similar that it was that same story that I grew up watching and made me fall in love with Anne Hathaway.
So about the actual book… I loved the diary style of the writing. I haven’t actually read a book like this that I’ve enjoyed, normally there is this feeling of too contrived or teenage angst that I find frustrating. But, although there was a dose of teenage drama and angst (after all, it’s a fourteen-year-old girl we’re talking about), it wasn’t done in a painful manner. Actually, it was incredibly cute and made me feel like I was talking to a good friend. Which of course drew me further into the tale and Mia’s troubles. Sometimes it felt like talking to a slightly dramatic, overwhelmed teenage me. Which is really what you want when reading a story about a fourteen-year-old.
Yet, although Mia is a teenager and angsty, and has her moments of, dare I say it, princess behaviour, she is also incredibly real and solid. She believes in saving the whales, is a vegetarian, and although she constantly states her issues with confrontation, very sure of who she is. She’s just not overly great at arguing with people. To begin with, she seems to find her own way to stick up for herself and her beliefs as the story develops, which of course, makes me love her even more!
For a really good, easy, uplifting read, I definitely recommend this book. It was easy to digest, but fun, witty and had this great sense of ‘be yourself’ throughout it. Now I just have to wait for the next one to arrive…
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