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Review: The Princess Diaries (Book 1)

I have always wanted to read this ever since I’ve watched the movie almost 15 years ago. When I learned that it was a continuous series having at least 10 books, I vowed that one day I’m gonna collect them. And now, half of that dream has come true! I’ve got Books 1-5 already and I can’t wait to devour them all. I may not be a princess but now I have my own Kingdom of Books! Yay!

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 So let’s start with Book 1

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Princess Diaries vol. 1
by Meg Cabot
Published October 28th 2001

synopsispinkWhat? 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?.

myreviewPinkPrincess Diaries was an interesting read, great for teens maybe, but still, holds a special spot in my heart. The transformation of Mia from an ugly duck to a beautiful swan may be a little cliche’ but it was not excessively done here in the book, for Mia refused to believe that she is indeed beautiful because of her gigantism and flat chests. When Mia learned about her true heritage, she was in denial, primarily because she thought she would be called a freak in school – having a bodyguard in tow wherever she goes. Besides that, her bestfriend Lilly got mad at her because she did not support Lilly’s campaign against a Deli that discriminates Asian people; aside from the fact that Lilly has a thing against monarchies.

When New York finally learned about Princess Mia, a handsome senior student made the moves on her while Mia got all starry eyed at him. In the end, there was a kissing scene and a confrontation scene which brought back the fire in Mia & Lilly’s friendship.

The book was altered heavily on the movie version – but I still love the book better. Definitely a nice read!

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Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg’s nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in “her books can be habit forming.” She currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats.

Meg’s first ever adult book in the Princess Diaries series, “Royal Wedding”, will be available in Summer 2015, along with an installment of the series for younger readers, “From the Notebook of a Middle School Princess”. “Remembrance”, a new book in the Mediator series will be available in February of 2016.

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