Princess in Waiting (Princess Diaries Series #4)

Princess in Waiting (Princess Diaries Series #4)

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by Meg Cabot

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Never before has the world seen such a princess.

Nor have her own subjects, for that matter. Mia's royal introduction to Genovia has mixed results: while her fashion sense is widely applauded, her position on the installation of public parking meters is met with resistance.

But the politics of bureaucracy are nothing next to Mia's real troubles. Between

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Never before has the world seen such a princess.

Nor have her own subjects, for that matter. Mia's royal introduction to Genovia has mixed results: while her fashion sense is widely applauded, her position on the installation of public parking meters is met with resistance.

But the politics of bureaucracy are nothing next to Mia's real troubles. Between canceled dates with her long-sought-after royal consort, a second semester of the dreaded Algebra, more princess lessons from Grandmère as a result of the Genovian parking-meter thing, and the inability to stop gnawing on her fingernails, isn't there anything Mia is good at besides inheriting an unwanted royal title?

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Meg Cabot continues the hilarious adventures of Mia Thermopolis, a very ordinary teenager whose life takes an extraordinary turn when she learns she's the heir apparent to the throne of a small European country. In this third installment of The Princess Diaries, Mia's self-deprecating wit, self-absorption, and adolescent angst are as entertaining as ever as she struggles with the realization that despite being a princess, she isn't guaranteed any fairy-tale endings.

Mia discovers yet another branch on the royal side of her family tree when she meets her cousin, Sebastiano, an up-and-coming fashion designer. Mia worries that Sebastiano might want her dead, since he's next in line to inherit the throne, she's not yet willing to toss him aside -- his dress creations are not only exquisite, they are perfectly tailored to bring out the best in Mia's flat-chested, big-footed physique. Life is looking better on other fronts as well, for Mia finally has a boyfriend. Unfortunately, it's Kenny, her study partner, good friend, and fellow classmate, whereas the real love of her life is Michael, the brother of Mia's best friend, Lilly. But not only does Michael seem clueless about Mia's affections; it looks like he has a girlfriend.

While bemoaning her inability to compete for Michael's affections, Mia spends her time trying to avoid Kenny's kisses, pondering the best way to break up with him even as she wonders why he hasn't asked her to the big Christmas dance. Adding to Mia's stresses are her upcoming final exams, her mother's incessant morning sickness, the usual unwanted media attention, and the ongoing torments of her fellow classmate and nemesis, Lana.

While Mia's sometimes simplistic view of life remains intact and her adolescent shallowness is often apparent, she also shows an evolving maturity as she prepares for her royal role under Grandmere's overbearing guidance. But never fear, the seriousness is kept in balance with plenty of fun, tons of laughs, and several amusing disasters. And, if Mia isn't careful, she might even get that fairy-tale ending. (Beth Amos)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Princess Diaries Series, #4
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5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.85(d)
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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English Class

Assignment (Due December 8): Here at Albert Einstein High School, we have a very diverse student population. Over one hundred and seventy different nations, religions, and ethnic groups are represented by our student body. In the space below, describe the manner in which your family celebrates the uniquely American holiday, Thanksgiving. Please utilize appropriate margins.

My Thanksgiving
by Mia Thermopolis

6:45 a.m. — Roused by the sound of my mother vomiting. She is well into her third month of pregnancy now. According to her obstetrician, all the throwing up should stop in the next trimester. I can't wait. I have been marking the days off on my 'N Sync calendar. (I don't really like 'N Sync. At least, not that much. My best friend, Lilly, bought me the calendar as a joke. Except that one guy really is pretty cute.)

7:45 a.m. — Mr. Gianini, my new stepfather, knocks on my door. Only now I am supposed to call him Frank. This is very difficult to remember due to the fact that at school, where he is my first-period Algebra teacher, I am supposed to call him Mr. Gianini. So I just don't call him anything (to his face).

It's time to get up, Mr. Gianini says. We are having Thanksgiving at his parents' house on Long Island. We have to leave now if we are going to beat the traffic.

8:45 a.m. — There is no traffic this early on Thanksgiving Day. We arrive at Mr. G's parents' house in Sagaponic three hours early.

Mrs. Gianini (Mr. Gianini's mother, not my mother. My mother is still Helen Thermopolis because she is a fairly wellknown modern painter under that name, and also because she does not believe in the cult of the patriarchy) is still in curlers. She looks very surprised. This might not only be because we arrived so early, but also because no sooner had my mother entered the house than she was forced to run for the bathroom with her hand pressed over her mouth, on account of the smell of the roasting turkey. I am hoping this means that my future half-brother or -sister is a vegetarian, since the smell of meat cooking used to make my mother hungry, not nauseated.

My mother had already informed me in the car on the way over from Manhattan that Mr. Gianini's parents are very old-fashioned and are used to enjoying a conventional Thanksgiving meal. She does not think they will appreciate hearing my traditional Thanksgiving speech about how the Pilgrims are guilty of committing mass genocide by giving their new Native American friends blankets filled with the smallpox virus, and that it is reprehensible that we as a country annually celebrate this rape and destruction of an entire culture.

Instead, my mother said, I should discuss more neutral topics, such as the weather.

I asked if it was all right if I discussed the astonishingly high rate of attendance at the Reykjavik opera house in Iceland (over 98 percent of the country's population has seen Tosca at least once).

My mother sighed and said, “If you must,” which I take to be a sign that she is beginning to tire of hearing about Iceland.

Well, I am sorry, but I find Iceland extremely fascinating, and I will not rest until I have visited the ice hotel.

9:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m. — I watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade with Mr. Gianini Senior in what he calls the rec room.

They don't have rec rooms in Manhattan.

Just lobbies.

Remembering my mother's warning, I refrain from repeating another one of my traditional holiday rants, that the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is a gross example of American capitalism run amok.

At one point during the broadcast, I catch sight of Lilly standing in the crowd outside of Office Max on Broadway and Thirty-Seventh, her videocamera clutched to her slightly squished-in face (so much like a pug) as a float carrying Miss America and William Shatner of Star Trek fame passes by. So I know Lilly is going to take care of denouncing Macy's on the next episode of her public access television show, Lilly Tells It Like It Is (every Friday night at nine, Manhattan cable channel 67).

12:00 p.m. — Mr. Gianini Junior's sister arrives with her husband, their two kids, and the pumpkin pies. The kids, who are my age, are twins, a boy, Nathan, and a girl, Claire. I know right away Claire and I are not going to get along, because when we are introduced she looks me up and down the way the cheerleaders do in the hallway at school and goes, in a very snotty voice, “You're the one who's supposed to be a princess?”

And while I am perfectly aware that at five foot nine inches tall, with no visible breasts, feet the size of snowshoes, and hair that sits in a tuft on my head like the cotton on the end of a Q-tip, I am the biggest freak in the freshman class of Albert Einstein High School for Boys (made coeducational circa 1975), I do not appreciate being reminded of it by girls who do not even bother finding out that beneath this mutant facade beats the heart of a person who is only striving, just like everybody else in this world, to find self-actualization.

Not that I even care what Mr. Gianini's niece Claire thinks of me. I mean, she is wearing a pony-skin miniskirt. And it is not even imitation pony skin. She must know that a horse had to die just so she could have that skirt, but she obviously doesn't care...

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

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What People are saying about this

Chris Sherman
Teens like novels written in diary format, and you can bet they'll be lining up for this hilarious story about a gawky 14-year-old New Yorker who learns she is a princess. Mia spends every available moment pouring her feelings into the journal her mother gave her: she writes during algebra class, in the ladies' room at the plaza (much nicer than the one in Tavern on the Green), in her grandmother's limousine. She writes down her thoughts on everything - from algebra and her mother's love life to her jet-setting father's announcement that she's the heir to the throne of the principality of Genovia. Then, of course, she records her grandmother's efforts to turn her into a princess, her dealings with classmates, the press, and a bodyguard, and also her attraction to the most gorgeous guy in school and her attempts to be assertive and happy with her new life. She whines; she gloats; she sheers, worries, rants, and raves. Reading her journal is like reading a note from your best friend. Cabot has a fine grasp of teen dialect (and punctuation), an off-the-wall sense of humor that will have readers laughing out loud, and a knack for creating fully realized teen and adult characters that readers will miss when the story ends.

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Meet the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction The Princess Diaries and The Mediator series. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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Princess in Waiting (Princess Diaries Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 255 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are amazing!!!!! I a 13 and really into these books. They really intrest me and i never would have found them if it werent for my bff!!!!!! Thanks to her!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great books cant seam to put um down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and all the other books in the series. If you like these books you should read tean idol by Meg Cabot!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series!!!!! Can't seem to put the books down!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Princess in Waiting is a must read by Meg Cabot. If you have't read the series in order, I suggest you do that. The first one is Princess Diaries. Now back to Princess in Waiting, Princess in Waiting isn't a frilly princess book like some people think it is. It's a book about Mia Thermopolis a.k.a. the Princess of Genovia! This wasn't a choice, it was brought upon her. If you want to know more, I suggest you read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot. It is about a girl named Mia Thermopolis. In the last book her childhood love, her best friend¿s older brother, has finally asked her out. Throughout the whole book she is excited to see him and can¿t stop thinking of him. I think this book was a little bit whiney but I think it is the truth. Teenagers are whiney and nervous especially when they are with somebody that they really like. She is scared that Michael (her love) is going to break up with her because she couldn¿t make their first date. One thing I didn¿t like about this book was how Mia said she liked it when Michael bossed her around. I think by saying that she was making herself less of a person. I would certainly recommend this book especially to teenage girls.
Asila Folds More than 1 year ago
This book was awsome, I need to finish the series!
NOOK_obsessed More than 1 year ago
I love these series, if you want a book you could lol to then this is the book for u. mia is a really funny interesting character! so different from the movie! (In a really good way)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book about Princess Mia. She complains the whole book because she had to cancel the 1st offical date w/ Michael, her b/f. She thinks because of this Michael will break up with her for a Kate Bosworth like girl that he will meet on Christmas break when he goes to Florida and Mia is in Genovia, where she rules. Mia is parinoid and complains the whole entire book. Don't get me wrong, it is still a really good book, but she does complain and is way to parinoid in some parts especially. It's okay but definetally not as good as the other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read these books on a plane (to new york) and i read it for like to 2 strait hours (something like that mayby even more). I MEAN U LIKE CANT PUT THE DARN BOOK DOWN!!!!!! They are so good. Go ahead buy it its well worth every penny!! :D And to the parents this book is not for kids 9 and under. Cause sex is mentioned a lot in it and she is very boy crazy and pretty much in this whole boook is about her boyfriend or other boy. BUT IT IS SO GOOD!!!!!!!!
Chloe Boucounis More than 1 year ago
Best books ever!
codythehorselover More than 1 year ago
THis book is about Mia's trip to Genovia. Not as good as the other books in the series. Hard to foloow, not as well written as I wanted it.
denni42 More than 1 year ago
This book had a lot of issues, it seemed to never end. The book seemed unrealistic and seemed to put important things on hold. The story seemed to be waiting for something that never happened. The story line and the characters were great and had so much potential. But the writer did nothing with them. Reading the ones before hand, you expect a great story to unfold.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I thought it could have been a little better, though. I do not like that Mia whined through the whole book that Michael is going to dump her for a girl who can surf because she can't make their first date. It got very boring after a while. There was not much of a plot. I also think her desicion not to chase boys like Jane Eyre was stupid. It was very annoying that she went on and on and on and on and on about how she didn't have a talent. The end was pretty good. I would recommend this book, but Mia needs to quit whining.
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I love yur response to what all thoes girls are saying im only eleven and even i dont even to begim to care much about boys so im on yoyr side
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading this series. If you are wanting to gt this book, I suggest reading the previous ones first. I hope this helps ; )
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
Just what I've come to expect from a Princess Diaries book. Lots of fun, confusion and the drama that seems to surround 14 year olds. More scheming from the grandmother (I swear I like her better in the movie version) and more condescension from the "best friend" Lilly (dig her more in the movie as well) But we get to see more interactions with the Genovian society as well as more interactions with Michael and I can't help but think these books are adorable, regardless of the fact that they are quite obviously written for someone younger. I truly think anyone middle school or older who enjoys a light romance would enjoy these books. As well as fans of the movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok. To all the people younger than me who keep sayin they havent been kiised. Im 14 and have never even liked a boy. Ler alonw been kissed. Seriously. Stop trying to grow up too faat. Juat be a kid qhile you still can.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am confused did it die or get bborn it never told me
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How good is the book? Some of the reviews say that this book is good but some say its not worth it. I would rlly like to get this book and the third one. By the way im 10 years old and i dont rlly care how hard the words are in the books i jut rlly want them. 3:24pm is the time i wrote the review. 5/14/13 is the day i wrote the review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved these books. They are very realtable and fun to read. This book was the worst. It had a very simple plot and all the main character Mia was doing is worring that her boyfriend Michal would dump her for whatever reason. The book stoped suddenly and you were like ok then. This book was definatly the worst of the sereis so far. I hope the next one will be better. P.S. please excuse my bad spelling
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