The Princess Diaries (Princess Diaries Series #1)

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Overview

Read by Anne Hathaway
Approx. 6.5 hours
4 cassettes

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?
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Editorial Reviews

Twist
If girrrrl heroines are what you want, the hilarious Princess Diaries has a winner in sassy Mia.
Buffalo News
A hilarious read.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A hilarious read.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
It's got all the bubbly and frivolous pleasure of imported champagne, and readers will drink it in.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"This is how NOT a princess I am. I am so NOT a princess that when my dad started telling me I was one, I totally started crying." Raised in a Greenwich Village loft in New York City by her flaky-but-loving artist mother, ninth grader Mia Thermopolis is shocked to learn from her father that she is now the heir apparent to Genovia, the tiny European kingdom he rules. Her paternal grandmother further disrupts Mia's life when she comes to town to mold the girl into a proper royal. Cabot's debut children's novel is essentially a classic makeover tale souped up on imperial steroids: a better haircut and an improved wardrobe garner Mia the attention of a hitherto unattainable boy. (Of course this boy isn't all he appears to be, and another boy--the true friend Mia mostly takes for granted--turns out to be Mr. Right.) A running gag involving sexual harassment (including a foot fetishist obsessed with Mia's best friend Lilly Moscovitz and a sidewalk groper dubbed the "Blind Guy") is more creepy than funny, and the portrayal of the self-conscious pseudo-zaniness of downtown life is over the top (Lilly's parents, both psychoanalysts, get Rolfed, practice t'ai chi and attend benefits for "the homosexual children of survivors of the Holocaust"). Though Mia's loopy narration has its charms and princess stories can be irresistible, a slapstick cartoonishness prevails here. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
VOYA
Mia's dreams are simple: She wants to pass algebra, she wants to grow breasts, and she wants Josh Richter, the gorgeous boy who can see into her soul, somehow to notice her. She does not dream of becoming wealthy and internationally famous or of wearing designer gowns and dining with elegant society. Nevertheless, to her dismay, these things are thrust upon her when she discovers that she is the sole heir to the throne of the tiny country Genovia. Dreading the scorn of her militant filmmaker best friend, Lilly, Mia tries to hide her newfound royalty. When Mia's photograph appears in the newspaper, however, her cover is blown. Suddenly everything changes, as Lilly withdraws to a disdainful, chilly distance, Josh Richter dumps his popular girlfriend to ask Mia out, and the world that once left her alone crushes her privacy with its frenzied fascination. Mia's wonderfully funny and oblivious diary entries chart her progression from an awkward, shy pushover to a princess who speaks her own mind. Sprinkled throughout Mia's diary are her revealing lists, poems, and attempts at algebra. Her narrative emotes as only a teenage girl can. Fretting about her father she writes, "He's usually so organized. How could he have let himself become a prince?" This breezy, fun read would be appropriate for girls in the junior high school range. Recommend it for patrons who enjoyed Louise Rennison's Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging (HarperCollins, 2000/VOYA June 2000), another hilarious teen diary. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High,defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, HarperCollins, 238p, . Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Diane Masla SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)
From The Critics
The Princess Diaries is the diary of Mia Thermopolis, who is living a confused and hard to believe life. She is the not most popular girl in school, but is in love with the most popular boy. She lives in New York City with her artist mom, who is divorced and is dating her algebra teacher — a class Mia is failing. One day, her father arrives and upsets her troubled life. He tells her that he has cancer, and then, to her disbelief, that she is the Princess of Genvoia. That's right! As it turns out, her father is not just the European politician he's always led to her believe, but actually the prince of a small country. Before long, the New York paparazzi arrive at her school and front door, eager to take pictures of real live princess. Offbeat Mia will win the hearts of teenage girls dying to fit in without too much fanfare, and Meg Cabot's writing is silly and entertaining enough to capture the fancy of young readers who are looking for a fun story about ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances. With tons of pop culture references, this book will make today's teens feel right at home. Genre: Fathers and Daughters/Identity 2000, HarperCollins, 238 pp., $15.95. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Michelle Rich; Oviedo, Florida
KLIATT
Mia figures that she already has enough problems in life—her mother is dating her algebra teacher, while she's flunking his class, and she's nursing an unrequited crush on Josh, the handsomest boy in their school. When her father comes to visit her in Manhattan and explains that he is really a prince and that Mia is heir to the throne of the little European principality of Genovia, it's really the last straw as far as she is concerned. Now Mia has to take princess lessons from her scary Grandmére, while trying to conceal her embarrassing new status from her friends and classmates. Of course, the media find out (Grandmére calls them) and one unexpected result for Mia is that Josh is suddenly interested in her. But when he invites her to the Cultural Diversity Dance at school Mia finds out what he's really like, and who her friends really are. This humorous romantic fantasy has a bit of that ubiquitous Bridget Jones's Diary flavor to it, written as it is in journal form. Mia's complaints and observations are interspersed with various lists, and the overall tone is light and funny, with many up-to-date cultural references and brand names thrown in. Preteen and teenage girls will gobble this up like cotton candy. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2000, HarperCollins, 240p, $14.95. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; September 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 5)
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9-Insecure Mia Thermopolis, 14, discovers that she is actually Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo of Genovia. In her diary entries, which cover almost a month, she writes about going to a private school in New York City and living in Greenwich Village with her avant-garde artist mother. She fights with her best friend, struggles to pass algebra, and worries that she is the only one without a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance. On top of that, her divorced mother begins dating her teacher; her father visits and reveals that she is his heir; her intimidating grandmother gives her "Princess lessons"; and she has to contend with the embarrassment of having a bodyguard and reporters who follow her everywhere. Readers will relate to Mia's bubbly, chatty voice and enjoy the humor of this unlikely fairy tale. More accessible than, though perhaps not as clever as, Louise Rennison's Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging (HarperCollins, 2000), this funny, fast-paced book should appeal to hip young women, including reluctant readers.-Debbie Stewart, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
ALA Booklist
She wines; she gloats; she cheers, worries, rants, raves; reading her journal is like reading a note from your best friend.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061479939
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Series: Princess Diaries Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 95,007
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Meg Cabot is the author of many books (not all under her real name), including The Princess Diaries an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. She is still waiting for her real parents, the king and queen, to restore her to her rightful throne. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and a one-eyed cat named Henrietta.

Biography

Meg Cabot knows that one of the best cures for feeling gawky and conspicuous is reading about someone who sticks out even more than you do. Her books for young adults invariably feature girls who have extraordinary powers that carry extraordinary burdens. Cabot's Princess Diaries series offers up the secret thoughts of Mia Thermopolis, who discovers at age 14 that she is actually the princess of a small European country. This revelation adds significantly to her extant concerns about crushes, friendships, school, and other matters falling under adolescent scrutiny.

Cabot, a native of Indiana weaned on Judy Blume and Barbara Cartland, was already a successful romance novelist (as Patricia Cabot) before she began writing for young adults; her alter-alter ego, Jenny Carroll, began a new series shortly after The Princess Diaries debuted. The Carroll books are divided between the Mediator series, starring a girl who can communicate with restless ghosts; and the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU books, in which a girl struck by lightning acquires the ability to locate missing people.

Cabot writes her books in a conspiratorial, first-person style that resonates with her readers. She has obviously kept a grip on the vernacular and the key issues of adolescence; but what makes her books so irresistible is the mixing of the mundane with the fantastic. After all, who wouldn't like to wake up and be a princess all of a sudden, or a seer? Cabot takes such offhand notions and roots them firmly in the details of average, middle-class American life. She has also tiptoed into mystery and paranormal suspense with other YA novels and series installments.

Cabot continues to write adult novels under various permutations of her given name (Meggin Patricia Cabot): from 19th-century historical romances to contemporary chick lit. And, as with her books for teens, these romances have earned praise for their lighthearted humor and well drawn characters.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Cabot:

"I am left handed."

"I hate tomatoes of any kind."

"I really wanted to be veterinarian, but I got a 410 on my math SATs."

"Writing used to be my hobby, but now that it's my job, I have no hobby -- except watching TV and laying around the pool reading US Weekly. I have tried many hobbies, such as knitting, Pilates, ballet, yoga, and guitar, but none of them have taken. So I guess I'm stuck with no hobby.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Meggin Patricia Cabot (full name); Patricia Cabot, Jenny Caroll
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991
    2. Website:

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Chapter One

Tuesday, September 23

Sometimes it seems like all I ever do is lie.

My mom thinks I'm repressing my feelings about this. I say to her, “No, Mom, I'm not. I think it's really neat. As long as you're happy, I'm happy.”

Mom says, “I don't think you're being honest with me.”

Then she hands me this book. She tells me she wants me to write down my feelings in this book, since, she says, I obviously don't feel I can talk about them with her.

She wants me to write down my feelings? Okay, I'll write down my feelings:

I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE'S DOING THIS TO ME!

Like everybody doesn't already think I'm a freak. I'm practically the biggest freak in the entire school. I mean, let's face it: I'm five foot nine, flat-chested, and a freshman. How much more of a freak could I be?

If people at school find out about this, I'm dead. That's it. Dead.Oh, God, if you really do exist, please don't let them find out about this.

There are four million people in Manhattan, right? That makes about two million of them guys. So out of TWO MILLION guys, she has to go out with Mr. Gianini. She can't go out with some guy I don't know. She can't go out with some guy she met at D'Agostinos or wherever. Oh, no.

She has to go out with my Algebra teacher.

Thanks, Mom. Thanks a whole lot.

Wednesday, September 24, Fifth Period

Lilly's like, “Mr. Gianini's cool.”

Yeah, right. He's cool if you're Lilly Moscovitz. He's cool if you're good at Algebra, like Lilly Moscovitz. He's not so cool if you're flunking Algebra, like me.

He's not so cool if he makes you stay after school EVERY SINGLESOLITARY DAY from 2:30 to 3:30 to practice the FOIL method when you could be hanging out with all your friends. He's not so cool if he calls your mother in for a parent/teacher conference to talk about how you're flunking Algebra, then ASKS HER OUT.

And he's not so cool if he's sticking his tongue in your mom's mouth.

Not that I've actually seen them do this. They haven't even been on their first date yet. And I don't think my mom would let a guy put his tongue in her mouth on the first date.

At least, I hope not.

I saw Josh Richter stick his tongue in Lana Weinberger's mouth last week. I had this totally close-up view of it, since they were leaning up against Josh's locker, which is right next to mine. It kind of grossed me out.

Though I can't say I'd mind if Josh Richter kissed me like that. The other day Lilly and I were at Bigelows picking up some alpha hydroxy for Lilly's mom, and I noticed Josh waiting at the checkout counter. He saw me and he actually sort of smiled and said, “Hey.”

He was buying Drakkar Noir, a men's cologne. I got a free sample of it from the salesgirl. Now I can smell Josh whenever I want to, in the privacy of my own home.

Lilly says Josh's synapses were probably misfiring that day, due to heatstroke or something. She said he probably thought I looked familiar but couldn't place my face without the cement block walls of Albert Einstein High behind me. Why else, she asked, would the most popular senior in high school say hey to me, Mia Thermopolis, a lowly freshman?

But I know it wasn't heatstroke. The truth is, when he's away from Lana and all his jock friends, Josh is a totally different person. The kind of person who doesn't care if a girl is flat-chested or wears size-ten shoes. The kind of person who can see beyond all that into the depths of a girl's soul. I know because when I looked into his eyes that day at Bigelows, I saw the deeply sensitive person inside him, struggling to get out.

Lilly says I have an overactive imagination and a pathological need to invent drama in my life. She says the fact that I'm so upset about my mom and Mr. G is a classic example.

“If you're that upset about it, just tell your mom,” Lilly says.

“Tell her you don't want her going out with him. I don't understand you, Mia. You're always going around, lying about how you feel. Why don't you just assert yourself for a change? Your feelings have worth, you know.”

Oh, right. Like I'm going to bum my mom out like that. She's so totally happy about this date, it's enough to make me want to throw up. She goes around cooking all the time. I'm not even kidding. She made pasta for the first time last night in like months. I had already opened the Suzie's Chinese take-out menu, and she says, “Oh, no cold sesame noodles tonight, honey. I made pasta.”

Pasta! My mom made pasta!

She even observed my rights as a vegetarian and didn't put any meatballs in the sauce.

I don't understand any of this.

Things to do

1. Buy cat litter
2. Finish FOIL worksheet for Mr. G
3. Stop telling Lilly everything
4. Go to Pearl Paint: get soft lead pencils, spray mount, canvas stretchers (for Mom)
5. World Civ report on Iceland (5 pages, double space)
6. Stop thinking so much about Josh Richter
7. Drop off laundry
8. October rent (make sure Mom has deposited Dad's check!!!)
9. Be more assertive
10. Measure chest

Thursday, September 25

In Algebra today all I could think about was how Mr. Gianini might put his tongue in my mom's mouth tomorrow night during their date. I just sat there, staring at him. He asked me a really easy question--I swear, he saves all the easy ones for me, like he doesn't want me to feel left out or something--and I totally didn't even hear it. I was like, “What?”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2011

    amazing!

    This book was sooo good. Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. the second i finised it, I bought the next one! I totally recomend it.

    27 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Positively Great!

    Mia Thermopolis is in for tons of big surprises when she likes her BFF's brother, her mom is dating her algebra teacher and she is princess of Genovia. This book was fun and hilarious, and something girls ages 10-17 would like.

    23 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    If you thought the movie was good...

    Ok, no doubt i thought the movie was awesome! But the book is like 20% like the movie! The book is way better, and has no ending, you have to read it in the next book, and its the fact that the father never died, she never had a ball, and the book was way more interesting! It had many more details about her best friend, mom and grandma! So i do reccomend this book! Boys and girls! Dont get tricked by the title, not bout PRINCESSES!!

    23 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Princess Diaries. Loved it! Five stars!!

    I loved this book so much I couldn't stop reading! I would definaly read it if I was you!! Meg Cabot is a great writer and I am definaly going to read some more of her books!!

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

    I LOVE this Book

    I love this book, and the movie! l would suggest it to anyone who loved the movie! Read the sequals two.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2006

    Princess Diaries Review

    The Princess Diaries By: Meg Cabot The book I read is called The Princess Diaries, written by the author Meg Cabot. The main character is Mia Thermopolis, an average New York city girl, who is more interested in Greenpeace than the next sale at Bloomies. Then her father reveals something that could make any girl¿s life go upside down. She is princess of a small European country named Genovia. For Mia ,though, the trouble has just begun. Her grandmother (who is the current queen) comes to New York and demands for Mia to take princess lessons, wear designer name cloths, and have fake nails. In other words everything Mia isn¿t. This is the least of her worries her best friend no longer talks to her because now she dresses like the popular people. Mia would do anything to get her back. Overall I enjoyed this book very much. The beginning, at first was a bit slow because I saw the movie and all the book did was explain what was going on, which I was already aware of. As the story progressed it got better and better to read. One thing that makes this book a good was that the characters were very realistic. For example Mia, she was your average geek. She was like everyone else she tried to blend in with everyone else like every other unconfident teenager. Cabot made all her characters original and didn¿t try to hide their oddities. Her characters are like a normal high school scene: populars, geeks, and weirdoes. I loved the ending because the positive events that happened to Mia. It filled me with immense satisfaction that one of the characters that Mia thought she might like had a very negative ending. One of my favorite things that Cabot did was the perspective. Everything other people did in this book was told by how Mia saw it best. This made it funny. It was as if she was putting notes in the margin like a teacher does for an essay. What I like about this author is that she takes farfetched things, works them into stories, and then makes them seem possible. Finally, I like Meg Cabot¿s writing style because she takes people who are not popular, but rather geeky, and makes them do extraordinary things. I believe that she is trying to show that popular people are not the only people to look up to. I really thought that this book was good. Compared to other Meg Cabot books I¿ve read, this was excellent it was just so fun to read and to think about what it would be like to be stuck in Mia¿s situation. I also liked the descriptions of the story because I could imagine them well in my own head. For example, the grandma, Mia goes into great detail about exactly how she looks. I would not recommend this book to any boys because it is simply a girl book and I don¿t think any boy would find it very interesting. All in all, I enjoyed this book. Some spots that I thought the author could work on all my other thoughts are positive. This novel would be enjoyable to any girl who enjoys farfetched stories. The Princess Diaries is a fun and interesting novel that any girl would love.

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Awsome!

    This book was great! Its about a high school girl named Mia who finds out she is a princess! But she is not happy about it. She has some other problems like her mom is dateing her algabra teacher! ( dont worry i didnt spoil the plot! ) anyway i love this book!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2011

    girls only! awesome!!!!!!!!

    this book is the best book ever! boys do not need to read it because it has some sierius girls stuff. I would reccomend this book to 10 and up! It will be the best book of your life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Inappropriate

    I would not suggest this book for anyone under the age of 16. COMPLETELY and absolutely NOt for young gals.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Awesome

    I have barely read the sample & I already want the whole entire series

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2008

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    amazing

    I never ever reread any book unless it is a manga book but when I no new books to read I found myself rereading. It's not very real for the reasons she suddenly turns into a princess but that really is the edgy part. I also enjoyed pretty little liars but then my friend told me who was writing the letters and I didn't even want to waste my money on the second book. But this is amazing!!!!! Then again I'm eleven and It does talk about Lillys foot perv and pms but I already knew about pervs and pms so I didn't even care!!!

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2008

    HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!

    come on this book is all about crushes and stuff and mia is a brat!! the movie was ten times better

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    Very different than the movie.

    I read this book after seeing the movie, and I was VERY surprised. it is SO different!!!!!! i think that the movie is very good, but I really like the book. i think that the only similarity between the book and the movie is that mia thermopolis is going to be princess of genovia.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Hi

    Great book! Absolutely wondetful. Note to kid readers: if you do not know what certain words mean, look them up on your nook or ask your friend. Do not ask your mom or dad what they mean, for god's sake! Note: Ages 12+ Granted I was eleven when I read this series, but trust me. Parents dont like it when kids ask what the word... nevermind. Just don't let your mom or dad read this till you finish the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Awsome

    Best book ever

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    TOTALLY INAPROPRIATE

    Do not read it talks about testicals and sex

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    Princess Diaries (Princess Diaries Series #1)

    Oh come on! This is the worst book ever! Mia is such a brat who is already getting money from her father even before she know's she's a princess! And she acts like she hates herself! Worst book EVER!! I suggest you read- something better!!!

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2004

    Princess Diaries (Princess Diaries Series #1)

    THIS BOOK IS AWESOME I LOVE ALL THE BOOKS THEY SO ROCK RULE AND DOMINATE THE BOOK WORLD.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2003

    I could relate.

    I read this my senior year of high school, and could totally relate to everything Meg Cabot talked about. Also, the journal style writing reminded me very much of my own! A definite read for anyone!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    NYREADER

    This book is amazing! I loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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