Princess on the Brink (Princess Diaries Series #8) [NOOK Book]

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At last, Mia is a junior. An upperclassperson. So why is it that everything is going so terribly wrong? What is she doing in Intro to Creative Writing? When she has made it through Algebra and Geometry, why must she be faced with Precalculus? All this is nothing compared to the news Michael springs on her, however. Her beloved boyfriend could be leaving for Japan for a year—or more! Precalc has nothing on preparing for the worst separation ever!

Turns out there is one way she ...

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Overview

At last, Mia is a junior. An upperclassperson. So why is it that everything is going so terribly wrong? What is she doing in Intro to Creative Writing? When she has made it through Algebra and Geometry, why must she be faced with Precalculus? All this is nothing compared to the news Michael springs on her, however. Her beloved boyfriend could be leaving for Japan for a year—or more! Precalc has nothing on preparing for the worst separation ever!

Turns out there is one way she might convince Michael to stay. But will she? Or won't she? No matter what, Mia seems headed for disaster.

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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.
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)
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)
Children's Literature - Gail Krause
Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia, is finally an upperclassman at Albert Einstein High School in New York City. Michael, the love of her life, is leaving for a year of study in Japan and Mia schemes to keep him from going. Her plan doesn't work out the way she fantasized it, and the results turn everyone's life upside down. She and her best friend, Lilly, end up with boyfriend troubles, and it just so happens that Lilly and Michael are siblings. How can Mia know that when she breaks up with Michael it will spiral into a new set of relationships for her, her best friend, and her best friend's ex-boyfriend? The eighth book in "The Princess Diaries" series is difficult to become engaged in. It bounces from real time to journal entries to homework assignments to paragraphs in French to scenarios in the protagonist's head presented as fake screenplays. The main theme of the book is an overly zealous interest in sex, with the same phrases concerning the sex act repeated multiple times until the reader tires of the similarity of phrases found in each chapter. While this might be an appropriate topic for a high school junior (the age of Princess Mia), it is definitely NOT age appropriate for the true readers of this series, girls aged ten to twelve. The best part of the book was the end, though it seemed to be wrapped up too neatly and very unrealistically. The rest of the book was contrived. Though the earlier books were popular, this one clearly was stretched far beyond its validity and I cannot recommend it.
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: 9780061972027
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Princess Diaries Series, #8
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 95,960
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 565 KB

Meet the Author

Meg Cabot

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

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 October 9, 2012

    Mia is back!

    This book was a good book, even though there is some sadness to it. Mia is sad that her boyfriend will be moving to Japan and will do ANYTHING to make him stay. But when Michael says something that Mia doesn't like, they end up breaking up.
    I hope they get back together!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2007

    This book is great no matter what people say

    This book is soo good and i think that people who are frustrated with Mia (aka a reviewer who said they would give it a -10 stars)should stop wining and not read the book. The books are full of drama. They are written in a way people who read them can beileve because it is just like a teen writing them. All i can say is i hope Mia and Michael get back together soon!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Omg!

    I cant beleive lily touched borises!!!! - mia granaldi ranaldo thermopolis

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2009

    very emotional book

    it was a very good book but it was a little sad. it makes you really want to read the next book in the series. I almost cried while reading it though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

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    Reviewed by Andie Z. for TeensReadToo.com

    It's the beginning of Mia's junior year, but so far, things are not going as planned. For starters, Mia may have managed to pass Algebra and Geometry, but now she has to deal with Pre-Calculus. And she's also totally lost in Chemistry, even though she now has two lab partners instead of just one. Lilly has also decided to nominate Mia for student body president. Again. And even though Mia has tried to explain that she doesn't want it, as we all know, once Lilly's mind is made up, there's no changing it. <BR/><BR/>On top of all that, Michael has some interesting news for Mia. He has the opportunity to do some more work on the robotic arm he's been developing that could make it possible to perform closed-chest surgery. Great, right? Wrong. In order to do this research, Michael is moving to Japan. For a year. Or more. And he won't be coming back over holiday breaks. <BR/><BR/>Mia's world seems to be falling apart around her, and she can't understand how a year that was supposed to have been so great can have turned into such a nightmare so quickly. But then, with some unexpected help from Grandmere, Mia comes up with a plan. One that might just convince Michael to stay in New York, if only she has the guts to go through with it. <BR/><BR/>In this eighth installment of the PRINCESS DIARIES series, Mia finds herself having to grow up and deal with more adult situations, and it's a refreshing change from previous books. I have to admit, this series did seem to be going on for a very long time, but personally, with this book, Meg Cabot has managed to recapture my interest. Mia is still the same princess, entertaining and somewhat naive, but her voice seems to have matured, and the book has lost a lot of the bubbly, pre-teen feel. <BR/><BR/>Overall, PRINCESS ON THE BRINK is a great addition to the series, sure to please old and new fans, and there is no doubt that it will leave readers clamoring for more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2007

    Perfection!

    Just as good, if not BETTER than all the rest. It was so sad at the end.I can't WAIT for the next one... oh please, Ms. Cabot, fix them up! Mia and Michael are so amazing together they are my favorite book couple. This series is so amazing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2014

    I was a little disappointed in this installment. First of all,

    I was a little disappointed in this installment. First of all, it was rather short for not being one of the &quot;in between&quot; books. Second of all, it seemed to end too abruptly. I understand cliffhangers, but this was was like out of nowhere.
    I started feeling like Lilly was going to redeem herself with her sympathy for Mia and then she turned right around and started being a witch again. And while I understand her being upset at the end of the book, I would think that a &quot;best friend&quot; would at least listen to what Mia had to say about what happened.
    Mia and Michael...why? My heart is breaking... I have to start book 9 like right now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    To: "Meg Cabot" *clears throat unnecessarily*

    Normally I'm a nice, kind, generous person, but your review really peeved me. "Yes, Mrs. Cabot, we're not so dumb we can't figure out you AREN'T MEG CABOT!!!" BTW, (By The Way) if you really LICKED the ending, there would be an epidemic of the bubonic plague or something like that. But you didn't hear that on the news did you? Meg Cabot is a professional author, she knows how to spell "liked" without assistance. Thank you for your time, "Meg Cabot!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    When does the baby get born?

    ???????????!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Anonomys

    BEST BOOK!
    I like all the meg cabot princess books!
    5 STARS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Meg Cabot

    After reading all of these bad reviews I just wanna quit i mean i wrote a perfectly good book and i licked the ending too bad you didn't and i wrote other books you can read

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

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    How could he?

    Michael is moving to Japan!!! I needed to travel to my sixteen year old self to fully understand the devastation that Mia is going through. Yes having the one that you love move to the other side of the world is the end of the world. I get it. What I don't understand is her Grandmere. She has told Mia that being a princess is all about being kind to people. Um if I remember correctly I believe that Grandmere is not kind to most people. She is the most materialistic character that I have read about in awhile. I was hoping that by this point I would like her but, nope, that hasn't happened yet. Oh and Lilly. Another one of the great annoyances that I have is Lilly's demands that Mia tell her everything but Lilly can't even be bothered to say what's going on in her life that is making her act crazy and mean. If only she were a little more likable then maybe, but it hasn't happened so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    EPIC!!!!!

    I loved This book! Must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Maddie

    Maddie i do not know a book that is free or under three dollars but forget it you know what for being the best running friend i am going to give you some money to buy a book

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    Love these books

    Love these books

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Great

    To all the haters of this book u do know that there r more books after this! This really was a great book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    J

    This book is not working

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    great book

    this was a well written book. i strongly recommend that people shouldnt readd these books under the age of 13, unless they know what 'it' is...

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

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    I didn't like this book!

    I love the princess diaries series. But this book was horrible. I really hated when Mia broke up with Michael because I loved it when they were together. I was expecting them to get back together at the end of the book. But, turns out they didn't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    Sad on so many levels

    I am a HUGE fan of Meg Cabot, and especially Princess Diaries, but seriously, WHAT HAPPENED? Mia was such a idiot in this book. She was so self-absorbed thinking that she could persuade Michael to stay in New York with her womanhood. If that did happen, Michael wouldn't go to Japan and build his robotic arm and saves millions of lives! Seriously, I didn't really appreicate that since I am waiting until marriage before I give away my precious gift. I do hope that J.P. and Mia get together in the end because they seem like a perfect match. Good Riddance with Michael. Somethhing else that pained me about this book is that MIA EATS MEAT!!!! Because I am a vegetarian myself, this hurt. I realize Mia is a fictional character, but she was my inspiration for changing my diet. UGH.

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