Princess in the Spotlight (Princess Diaries Series #2)

Princess in the Spotlight (Princess Diaries Series #2)

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by Meg Cabot

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Just when Mia thought she had the whole Princess thing under control...

Things get out of hand, fast:

Since Mia's the brand-new crown princess of Genovia, indomitable dowager princess Grandmère arranges a national primetime interview for her. With just a few innocent remarks, Mia manages to enrage her best friend Lilly, practically get one of her

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Just when Mia thought she had the whole Princess thing under control...

Things get out of hand, fast:

Since Mia's the brand-new crown princess of Genovia, indomitable dowager princess Grandmère arranges a national primetime interview for her. With just a few innocent remarks, Mia manages to enrage her best friend Lilly, practically get one of her teachers fired, and alienate the entire country of Genovia. (Population 50,000, but still!)

There's the havoc of the interview's aftermath and her dreaded princess lessons at the Plaza. Plus an unexpected announcement from her mother, and intriguing, exasperating letters from a secret admirer. Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue the likes of which hasn't been seen since volume I of The Princess Diaries.

What's an heir to the royal throne to do?

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Being a teenage girl with divorced parents is hard enough without discovering you're the heir apparent to a small European country, that you must have a bodyguard tailing you at all times, and that your paternal grandmother is determined to turn you into a proper princess. Mia Thermopolis faces all that and more during her year as a high school freshman, and she shares the trials and tribulations of her hilarious life in The Princess Diaries.

As the subtitle to the second book in this series suggests, Mia finds herself "A Princess in the Spotlight" when she's tapped for an interview by a world-famous woman TV journalist. She doesn't want to do the interview, which will be broadcast nationwide, feeling that her flat chest, ski-sized feet, and royal heritage make her stick out plenty as it is, thank you very much. But her protocol- and publicity-obsessed grandmother, Grandmère, insists that the interview is a great idea, claiming the exposure will give their homeland, Genovia, the sort of attention it deserves.

Unfortunately, when time for the interview arrives, Mia is nervous and unfocused, rattled by her secret crush on her best friend's brother, anonymous emails from an unknown admirer, and the shocking news that her mother, Helen, is not only dating Mia's algebra teacher, Mr. Gianini, but (gasp!) is pregnant by him. Comments made during the interview earn Mia the scorn of several classmates, and when she accidentally lets slip the news about her mother's pregnancy, Grandmère goes into overdrive planning the royal wedding of the century -- despite Helen's desire for a simple, quiet ceremony.

In the meantime, Mia debates such weighty issues as her friends' inexplicable attraction to her hick cousin, the naturalness of a certain celebrity's boobs, and the grim outlook for her future love life now that she knows the meaning behind the term "royal consort." The story unfolds via Mia's comical diary entries -- telling lists, acerbic asides, and self-focused narratives -- in a voice that somehow manages to be both refreshingly unique and quintessentially adolescent. And in the end, a royal good time is had by all. (Beth Amos)

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Princess Diaries Series, #2
Product dimensions:
4.54(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Chapter One

Sunday, October 26, 2 a.m., Lilly's bedroom

Okay, I just have one question: Why does it always have to go from bad to worse for me?

I mean, apparently it is not enough that

1. I was born lacking any sort of mammary growth gland
2. My feet are as long as a normal person's thigh
3. I'm the sole heir to the throne of a European principality
4. My grade point average is still slipping in spite of everything
5. I have a secret admirer who will not declare himself
6. All of America is going to know it after Monday night's broadcast of my exclusive interview on TwentyFour/Seven

No, in addition to all of that, I happen to be the only one of my friends who still has yet to be French kissed.

Seriously. For next week's episode of her public access TV show, Lilly Tells It Like It Is, Lilly insisted on shooting what she calls a Scorsesian confessional, in which she hopes to illustrate the degenerate lows to which today's youth has sunk. So she made us all confess to the camera our worst sins, and it turns out Shameeka, Tina Hakim Baba, Ling Su, and Lilly have ALL had boys' tongues in their mouths. All of them.

Except for me.

God, I am such a reject. The only boy who has ever kissed me did it just so he could get his picture in the paper.

Yeah, there was some tongue action, but believe me, I kept my lips way closed.

And since I have never been French-kissed, and had nothing good to confess on the show, Lilly decided to punish me by giving me a Dare.She didn't even ask me if I would prefer a Truth.

Lilly dared me I wouldn't drop an eggplant onto the sidewalkfrom her sixteenth story bedroom window.

I said I most certainly would, even though of course, I totally didn't want to. I mean, how stupid. Somebody could seriously get hurt. I am all for illustrating the degenerate lows to which America's teens have sunk, but I wouldn't want anybody to get their head bashed in.

But what could I do? It was a Dare. I had to go along with it. I mean, it's bad enough I've never been Frenched. I don't want to be branded a wimp, too. And I couldn't exactly stand there and go, well, all right, I may never have been French-kissed by a boy, but I have been the recipient of a love letter that was written by one. A boy, I mean.

I guess the knowledge that somewhere in the world, there is a boy who might like me gave me a sense of empowerment — something I certainly could have used during my interview with Beverly Bellerieve, but whatever. I may not be able to form a coherent sentence when there is a television camera aimed in my direction, but I am at least capable, I decided, of throwing an eggplant out the window.

Lilly was shocked. I had never accepted a Dare like that before.

I can't really explain why I did it. Maybe I was just trying to live up to my new reputation as a very Josie-and-the-Pussycats type of girl. Or maybe I was more scared of what Lilly would try to make me do if I said no. Once she made me run up and down the hallway naked. Not the hallway in the Moscovitzes' apartment, either. The hallway outside of it.

Whatever my reasons, I soon found myself sneaking into the kitchen, then creeping back into Lilly's room again with a giant ovoid fruit hidden under my shirt.

Then, while Lilly narrated gravely into the microphone about how Mia Thermopolis was about to strike a blow for good girls everywhere, and Shameeka filmed, I opened up the window, made sure no innocent bystanders were below, and then....

"Bomb's away," I said, like in the movies.

It was kind of cool seeing this huge purple eggplant — it was the size of a football — tumbling over and over in the air as it fell.There are enough streetlamps on Fifth Avenue, where the Moscovitzes live, for us to see it as it plummeted downwards, even though it was night.Down and down the eggplant went, past the windows of all the psychoanalysts and investment bankers (the only people who can afford apartments in Lilly's building) until suddenly — SPLAT!

The eggplant hit the sidewalk.

Only it didn't just hit the sidewalk. It exploded on the sidewalk, sending bits of eggplant flying everywhere — mostly all over an M1 city bus that was driving by at the time, but quite a lot all over this Jaguar that had been idling nearby.

While I was leaning out the window, admiring the splatter pattern the eggplant's pulp had made all over the street and sidewalk, the driver-side door of the Jaguar opened up, and a man got out from behind the wheel, just as the doorman to Lilly's building stepped out from beneath the awning over the front doors, and looked up — And suddenly, someone threw an around my waist, and yanked me backward, right off my feet.

"Get down!" Michael hissed, pulling me down to the parquet.We all ducked. Well, Lilly, Michael, Shameeka, Ling Su, and Tina ducked. I was already on the floor.

Where had Michael come from? I hadn't even known he was home — and I'd asked, believe me, on account of the whole running-down-the-hallway-naked thing. Just in case, and all. But Lilly had said he was at a lecture on quasars over at Columbia and wouldn't be home for hours.

"Are you guys stupid, or what?" Michael wanted to know. "Don't you know, besides the fact that it's a good way to kill someone, it's also against the law to drop things out a window in New York City?"

"Oh, Michael," Lilly said, disgustedly. "Grow up. It was just a common garden vegetable."

"I'm serious." Michael looked mad. "If anyone saw Mia do that just now, she could be arrested."

"No, she couldn't," Lilly said. "She's a minor."

"She could still go to juvenile court. You'd better not be planning on airing that footage on your show," Michael said.

Oh, my God, Michael was defending my honor! Or at least trying to make sure I didn't end up in juvenile court. It was just so sweet.

Lilly went, "I most certainly am."

"Well, you better edit out the parts that show Mia's face."

Lilly stuck her chin out. "No way."

"Lilly, everybody knows who Mia is. If you air that segment, it will be all over the news that the princess of Genovia was caught on tape dropping projectiles out the window of her friend's high-rise apartment. Get a clue, will you?"

Michael had let go of my waist, I noticed, with regret.

"Lilly, Michael's right," Tina Hakim Baba said. "We better edit that part out. Mia doesn't need any more publicity than she has already."

And Tina didn't even know about the whole Twenty-Four/Seven thing.

Lilly got up and stomped back toward the window. She started to lean out — checking, I guess, to see whether the doorman and the owner of the Jaguar were still there — but Michael jerked her back.

"Rule Number One," he said. "If you insist on dropping something out the window, never, ever check to see if anybody is standing down there, looking up. They will see you look out and figure out what apartment you are in. Then you will be blamed for dropping whatever it was. Because no one but the guilty party would be looking out the window under such circumstances."

"Wow, Michael," Shameeka said, admiringly. "You sound like you've done this before."

Not only that. He sounded like Dirty Harry.

Which was just how I felt when I dropped that eggplant out the window. Like Dirty Harry.

And it had felt good — but not quite so good as having Michael rush to my defense like that.

Michael said, "Let's just say I used to have a very keen interest in experimenting with the earth's gravitational pull."

Wow. There is so much I don't know about Lilly's brother. Like he used to be a juvenile delinquent!

Could a computer-genius-slash-juvenile delinquent ever be interested in a flat-chested princess like myself? He did save my life tonight (well, okay: he saved me from possible community service).

It's not a French kiss, or a slow dance, or even an admission he's the author of that anonymous love letter.

But it's a start.

The Princess Diaries, Volume II: Princess in the Spotlight. Copyright © by Meg Cabot. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Princess in the Spotlight (Princess Diaries Series #2) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 237 reviews.
Elisabeth Corona More than 1 year ago
it is a todally good for all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been a month since Mia got the shock of her life and found out she was a princess, and the sole heir to the throne of Genovia. But things haven't gotten any easier - in fact, they've gotten even worse! It's bad enough that Mia's mom is dating her algebra teacher, Mr. G. - but then she announces that she's pregnant! And then her mom and Mr. G. announce that they will be getting married! Of course, with all these horrible things happening, Mia thinks it can't get any worse - until an utterly humiliating interview with her appears on TV and her Grandmere begins to plan a royal wedding for the happy couple. But if anyone can get through all this, it's Mia, who tells it all in her journal, in her usual, hilarious style. This wonderfully funny book continues Mia's story, right from where the first book left off. I can't wait to read the third book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! I read the first book and cant wait for the next! I wonder what will happen next...
john wren More than 1 year ago
I really like this book! I could NOT put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meg cabot has me mezmetized she is a great author. Really shares a look into her life. It is YA because some things about growing up that might not be approppiete for young audiences. But overall really great storyline and reccomended for anyone 11 or 12. I am ten and loved it though!
Lorraine Cipriano More than 1 year ago
loved it, i would totally recomend it!!!!!!
Mooslynn More than 1 year ago
Ode to M Oh, M why can't you see that x = you and y = me? and that you + me = ecstasy, and together we'd B 4ever happy? One of the greatest poems that I think has ever been written. I mean what isn't to love when you are trying to profess your love to the one you want if it is only in a diary. Mia not only has to deal with her grandmere and her princess lessons but she also has to get prepared to go on national television. Oh and there is the news that her mom is pregnant with her teachers baby. Her teacher! I don't think I laughed so much while reading a book in a long time. The only issue I really had was with Lilly. Her likable factor went way below zero but somehow Mia puts up with her. Why, I ask you ? Why!?! Can't wait to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great! Pertains to princess diaries! Get princess diaries first and then get this book!
Ed Izzett More than 1 year ago
Great sequel to Princess Diaries. Can't wait to read the third book in the series! Does anybody know what book the second Princess Diaries movie was based on, because it wasn't the second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally recommmend this book but you gotta read the 1st one 1st!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Princess in the Spotlight will just leave your mouth open making you feel like it's unbelievable. First of all surprises Mia finds out her mother is pregnant by her algebra teacher and now her algebra teacher moves in to live with them. Second, Mia finally gets a boyfriend in the end, but can you gues who it is and does she really even love him? Find out yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome. It tells girl things like it is. If you are a boy stay out!!! This is only recomended for Girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now... i am not the type of person who would read a book whenever i have time 2 but when reading this book i did!! it was absolutley amazing and i litterally couldn't put the book down... whenever i had the time 2 read it i would read it and i finished it in 2 days... it gave a lot of sense about teenage life and the problems that most girls go through between boys and math problems (especially algebra lol)... some girls might dream of being a princess meaning '2 RULE', meet celebs, and wear all designers and fancy gowns and dresses and stuff like that, but Mia thinks being a princess is anything but easy, especially with her grandmere pushing her around and giving her lessons on how 2 b a princess!! in the beggining of the book u will b surprised at the news that Helen (Mia's mother) has 2 say... and between Mia's stress she has recived letters from a secret admirer in which she hopes is Micheal (her best friend's brother) who she had a crush on, like 4ever... this book was not good... but absolutley GREAT!! i would reccomend this book 2 all girls!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Meg Cabot books. She makes her books fun and crazy. SO COOL!!!!
BlueEyeBooks 6 months ago
I just really enjoy these books in general. They're really fun books when you're in a reading rut that go by quickly and make you laugh. Quite honestly, this book took me an hour to read! This wasn't my favorite book (I liked the first one better) but if I have to read it to reread the series, then I shall! I really loved Mia's voice and how the author made her seem so real and alive. Mia is just so dramatic and it's so humorous to read! She's sort of letting the whole princess thing settle in while she adjusts but of course her life takes so many different turns. She has to learn to cope with the press and how to rule a whole country while of course dealing with her family and friends who, at times, can be a little strange and slightly exasperating. Speaking of Mia's friends, I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about Lilly being Mia's friend. From my perspective, she seems like such a terrible friend and isn't understanding of Mia's situation at all. She came across to me as very whiny and pushy. As always, I do like the diary style of the book - it really fits Mia's voice and the tone of the whole book. The Final Verdict: Another great installment of The Princess Diaries although the first book is still my favorite. Mia's voice is very well done and I loved watching her navigate through teenage life as well as finding out she's a princess and expected to rule a country in a few short months. The only aspect I really disliked was seeing Lilly as Mia's friend. She seemed so pushy and was not good friend material at all. 4 stars Quotes: “Lilly: Mia, when I recognize a human soul crying out for self-actualization, I am powerless to stop myself. I must do what I can to see that that person’s dream is realized. [Gee, I haven’t noticed Lilly doing all that much to help me realize my dream of French-kissing her brother. But on the other hand, I have not exactly made that dream known to her.]” “And you know what? Maybe Michael didn’t write those notes. And maybe he doesn’t think I’m the Josiest girl in school.But he thought I looked nice in my pink dress. And that’s all that matters to me.”
Book_Bite_Reviews 8 months ago
I definitely enjoyed the read, but I just felt like not a whole lot happens. I'm used to big, epic, complicated plot points and this just didn't have it. I didn't expect this series to be super complicated, but for the love of god will she just make out with Michael already! The problem for me is there is a whole lot of building towards a romance and it still hasn't been delivered! On the other hand I feel this is Meg Cabot's masterful way to keep us reading. We're waiting for that expected first kiss, or first admittance of mutual feelings. I will absolutely be continuing on with the series, I just felt like more should have happened in this book. Still enjoyed my time reading, just wanted more.
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MyndiL More than 1 year ago
So, of course, none of the events of this book were in the movie. I mean, Mia's mom is pregnant in the 2nd movie, but I feel like now I can review the books without as much comparison. Except one thing...I really don't care for book Lilly. She's very mean to Mia a lot of the time and talks down to her which I don't care for. Other than that, I really did enjoy the book. Seeing what it'd be like to have a mom suddenly pregnant was fun because it sort of happened to me. I was 12 not 15, but it was a big surprise and something to adjust to. I also enjoyed the twists and turns in Mia's "love life" and meeting some more of her family. I'm definitely interested in continuing with the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wait is this the one were her mom tells mia she us prego i mean who pregoed her ego jk i know it was the algebra teacher boy friend guy she hates at first ha spoiled it
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Good book
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&star &heart
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I actcully like it better than the 1st