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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Title: The Princess Diaries
Author: Meg Cabot
Age Group: Teens
# of Pages: 238
My Rating: 3.5/5

Mia Thermopolis is just another weird freshman at Albert Einstein High School. Way too tall, no boobs, and has wild, triangular hair. She lives with her mother in a messy artist's loft and owns a cat named Fat Louie. Her life is quite ordinary while she flunks algebra, minus the part of being the weirdo in class.

Then, Mia finds out her father has cancer and is unable to ever have kids again. Not that it matters to her so much, right?

Wrong! Because of this, she discovers that she is the princess of a small, prosperous country called Genovia! Now, she is forced to take lessons on how to be a proper princess from her (not so favourite) grandmother and tries to deal with her newfound identity. Crushes, parent-teacher relationships, broken friendships, and unwanted fame, Mia is going insane! How will Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo cope when she converts from a nobody to royalty?

This novel disappoints me. It wasn't terrible. I was just expecting it to leave more of an impact, seeing that it is a hit series. To my surprise, so many things have altered in the movie! Like, the father is dead and Michael (Mia's best friend's brother) is a musician from the very beginning instead of a know-it-all. I vaguely recall the film but for sure, both are quite different from each other asides the overall theme.

Mia is a huge environmentalist and is a strict vegetarian. I don't like this part of her. Whenever the main character is into the whole "save the world" ideal, I dislike them a little. It seems so...thrown in. It is like the author is trying to make the character look deeper. But it doesn't apply in this novel because you are getting the story from Mia's point-of-view while she writes her thoughts down. I find her quite childish by all means. Then again, I can forgive her because I too would be freaking out if I found out I am part of some royal family. (But come to accept it quickly and buy down everything I ever wanted since I would be so darn rich).

The story overall isn't so bad. There isn't a concrete plot but instead follows on Mia's days and problems as she writes it into her journal. I appreciate her humour which makes it better to read, but nothing stood out to me. Sure, the whole "pauper to princess" is cool but reading through was like, "Ehhhh." I can understand why it's popular though. It definitely makes quite a read for young teens because girls would love to be in Mia's position.

I will definitely go for the second volume even when the first is not so impressive. I really hope that Mia's character mature as I read through the series. (I totally vote the movie over the book. I became Anne Hathaway's fan because of it.)

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Robbie said...

I have good news and bad news.

The good news is that Mia does get more mature towards the end of the series.

The bad news is that you have to wade through some less-than-stellar books to get there. The series is fairly inconsistent in quality :( This is probably my favorite in the series.

Diana Dang said...

Lol, I figured that the middle won't be so great. I'm trying to challenge myself by trying to get through it. ><

Kelsey said...

I finished the last princess diaries books a few weeks ago and loved it. I first read this book like two years ago so I don't remember it that much. But in my opinion, it the fact that Mia is insane and obsesses over the littlest things and everything like that about her is the thing I love most about the series. She's hilarious, you gotta give her that. The third book is one of the best I feel.

What I know about when I read Forever Princess is that I realized I liked the series just because of the outrageous things she prints down.

I hope you continue reading this series. I know it's not deep, it's just a really fun light read.

Kelsey (Reading Keeps You Sane)

Diana Dang said...

Haha, I'm trying to find the second volume in the library so it'll be awhile until I get to it. I'll try my best to pull through! In the meantime, I have to finish all the ones I have started...

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