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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?”
Posted April 20, 2011
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.
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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.
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Posted July 8, 2009
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!!
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Posted May 31, 2009
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!!
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Posted May 23, 2008
Posted October 22, 2006
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.
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Posted January 16, 2012
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!
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Posted April 16, 2012
Posted February 18, 2011
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted December 2, 2008
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!!!
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Posted March 24, 2008
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.
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Posted July 14, 2008
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!!!
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Posted July 27, 2003
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!
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Posted August 5, 2013
I was in fifth or sixth grade when Princess Diaries came out as a movie, and I immediately wanted to read the book. I borrowed the first one from my best friend and finished it shortly thereafter. I was completely hooked and stayed on for the entire ten book series. I even bought all of the novellas innermitten between the ten main books, as well as the "life guide" type books Cabot produced. Mia is such a wonderfully awkward and hilarious character. I don't see what's not to love! There are a lot of over the top things that happen to her, but those things are what make the series so smashing. Mia's relationships with people feel so real that you almost become Mia as you read, and her relationship with Michael is an incredibly driving reason to stay on board for the entire series. Cabot created something wonderful, and reintroduced the teen world into "fantasy" settings so effortlessly, that I would almost say she started the phenomenal obsession with teen fantasy lit period. Definitely worth the read!
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