Sweet Sixteen Princess (Princess Diaries Series) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Sixteen is the magic number

Mia doesn't always have the best luck with parties, so even though it's her sweet sixteenth, she doesn't want a birthday bash. As usual, Grandmère has other ideas, and thinks a reality TV special is just the thing in order to celebrate royally. The whole scheme smacks of Lilly's doing -- Lilly, whose own TV show is still only limited to local cable viewers.

Will Mia be able to stop Grandmère's plan? Will her friends ...

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Overview

Sixteen is the magic number

Mia doesn't always have the best luck with parties, so even though it's her sweet sixteenth, she doesn't want a birthday bash. As usual, Grandmère has other ideas, and thinks a reality TV special is just the thing in order to celebrate royally. The whole scheme smacks of Lilly's doing -- Lilly, whose own TV show is still only limited to local cable viewers.

Will Mia be able to stop Grandmère's plan? Will her friends ever forgive her if she does stop it, since it involves all of them taking the royal jet to Genovia for an extravaganza the likes of which would turn even Paris Hilton green with envy? Why can't Mia get what she really wants: an evening alone with Michael?

With a little luck, this sweet sixteen princess might just get her wish -- a birthday that's royally romantic.

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Editorial Reviews

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Every girl looks forward to her sweet sixteenth birthday and plans a party many months before the big day. However, Princess does not fall into the average girl category and wants absolutely no party. Of course, Grandmere will not listen to that foolish notion and takes it upon herself to have the biggest bash imaginable. This is not going to be just some friends getting together with boys, balloons, music, and food. This party is going to be a reality TV special, and one of the prizes is a jet trip to Genovia for Princess and some of her friends. When Princess finds out what her Grandmere is up to, she must try to sabotage the plans without hurting her friends or family. After all, she has to wonder how friendly her friends will be when they find out it was she who ended the fabulous jet ride plan. What a task! Actually, all Princess really wants for her birthday is a romantic evening with Michael. The cover should have a sign that says, "For Girls Only" as this book is definitely meant for teenage girls. It is a short book and can be read in just a couple of hours. The rest of the day can be spent discussing the book with friends. It is light, fun to read, and once again shows Princess as a "regular" person and not just a spoiled young lady. I do recommend this book—it would make a great birthday present. 2006, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 12 up.
—Kathie M. Josephs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061972058
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Princess Diaries Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 206,505
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 416 KB

Meet the Author

Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. More than 25 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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Sweet Sixteen Princess: A Princess Diaries Book


By Meg Cabot

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Meg Cabot
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060847166

Chapter One

Wednesday, April 28, 9 P.M.,
Albert Einstein High School gymnasium

"So Lana's dad rented the sultan of Brunei's ten-million-dollar yacht for the night, and had Lana and her friends driven out into international waters so they could drink without getting in trouble."

This is what Lilly just called to tell me.

"Lilly," I whispered. "You know you aren't supposed to call me on my cell phone. It is for emergency use only."

"You don't think this is an emergency? Mia, Lana's dad renting the sultan of Brunei's yacht like that? That is a throwdown. He is basically telling your grandmother to bring it."

"I don't have the slightest idea what you're talking about." Because I don't. "And I have to go. I'm at a PTA meeting, for crying out loud."

"Oh, God." I can hear the soundtrack for Altar Boyz in the background. Ever since Lilly started going out with J. P. Reynolds-Abernathy the Fourth, she has gotten way into soundtracks from musicals, because J. P.'s dad is a theater producer, and J. P. can get free tickets to any Broadway show he wants, and all of the off-Broadway ones, too. And even the off-off-Broadway ones. "I forgot you had to go to that stupid thing. Sorry I'm not there withyou.

But . . . well, you know."

I did know. Lilly was serving the last week of a grounding her parents instituted after she was brought home by the NYPD for attacking Andy Milonakis -- this kid from downtown whose cable access television show was picked up by MTV -- with a Dojo's side salad. Lilly believes Andy's getting a basic cable deal instead of her is a travesty of justice, because her own local show, Lilly Tells It Like It Is, is so much better (in her opinion), as it isn't simply entertaining, but also highlights facts she feels her viewers ought to be aware of. Such as the fact that the U.S.'s decision to withhold $34 million from the United Nations Population Fund will lead to two million unwanted pregnancies, 800,000 induced abortions, 4,700 maternal deaths, and 77,000 infant and child deaths worldwide.

Whereas a typical episode of Andy's show features him holding a jar of peanut butter in one hand, a jar of salsa in the other, then making the jars dance with each other.

Lilly is also peeved that Andy is deceiving the American public by allowing them to think he is just a kid, when we both saw him coming out of d.b.a., which is a bar in the East Village that cards. So how did he get in there if he isn't at least twenty-one?

This is what she asked him when she saw him eating a falafel at Dojo's Health Restaurant on St. Marks Place, and why she claims she was forced to hurl her side salad at him, drenching him in tahini dressing, and causing him to call the cops on her.

Thankfully the Drs. Moscovitz talked Andy's legal team out of pressing charges, explaining that Lilly has been experiencing some anger issues since their recent separation.

But that didn't stop them from grounding her.

"So how's the meeting going?" Lilly asked. "Have they gotten to the you-know-what part yet?"

"I wouldn't know, because I'm too distracted, talking to YOU," I whispered. I had to whisper, because I was sitting in a folding chair in the middle of a row of very uptight-looking parents. Being New Yorkers, they were all, of course, very well dressed, with Prada accessories. But being New Yorkers, they were also all angry about the fact that someone was using a cell phone while someone else -- namely, Principal Gupta -- was up at the podium, speaking. Also, of course, that Principal Gupta was basically saying she couldn't guarantee that their kids would get into Yale or Harvard, which was making them madder than anything. At $25,000 a year -- which is how much tuition at AEHS costs -- New York parents expect some return for their investment.

"Well, I'll let you go now, so you can get back to work," Lilly said. "But just FYI: Lana's dad had her flown in to the yacht on the sultan's helicopter, so she could make a spectacular entrance."

"I hope one of the blades cut her head off as she was getting out of it because she forgot to duck," I whispered, avoiding the glare of the lady in front of me, who had turned in her seat to give me a dirty look for talking while Principal Gupta was giving everyone some very important information about the percentage of AEHS graduates who get into Ivy League colleges.

"Well," Lilly said. "No, that didn't happen. But I heard her Azzedine Alaia skirt flew up over her head and everyone saw that she was wearing a thong."

"Good-bye, Lilly," I said.

"I'm just telling you. Turning sixteen is a big deal. You only do it once. Don't blow it by having one of your stupid loft parties with the Cheetos and Mr. G as a DJ."

"Good-bye, Lilly."

I hung up just as the lady in the seat in front of me turned around to hiss, "Would you please put away that -- "

But she never got to finish, because Lars, who was sitting next to me, casually opened his suit jacket, revealing his sidearm. He was only reaching for a Listerine PocketPak, but the sight of his Glock 9 caused the lady's eyes to widen. She closed her mouth and turned back around in her seat very quickly.

Having an armed bodyguard follow you around everywhere you go can be a total pain in the butt, particularly when it comes to finding private time with your boyfriend.

But there are moments, like that one, when it can actually rock.

Then Principal Gupta asked if there was any outstanding business, and I threw my arm into the air.

Principal Gupta saw me raise my hand. I know she did.

Continues...


Excerpted from Sweet Sixteen Princess: A Princess Diaries Book by Meg Cabot Copyright © 2006 by Meg Cabot. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    Mia, Princess of Genovia, is about to turn sixteen. The last thing she wants is a sweet sixteen birthday party, but it seems like that's the only thing her friends can talk about. While Mia is worried about how to get the administration at Albert Einstein High School to go less on the structured athletics and more on the personal exercise and health regimen, her best friend Lilly is still steaming over being passed up for her own show on MTV. <BR/><BR/>While Lilly stews over Andy Milonakis getting the spot instead, and her parents being separated, and waiting for her boyfriend, J.P., to use the L word, Mia is wondering what type of scheme Grandmere could possibly be concocting for her sixteenth birthday. Because although Lilly seems to think a sweet sixteen blow-out party is in order, Mia would rather have a nice, private dinner with her boyfriend, Michael, to celebrate the occasion. <BR/><BR/>And then comes the news--not only is Grandmere planning a sweet sixteen party, but she's planning the mother of all parties. Private jet to Genovia for Mia and one hundred of her closest friends (does she even know one hundred people?), shopping at all the swanky boutiques, even a performance by Destiny's Child to cap off the night. Oh, and it's going to be taped for the MTV reality show, My Super Sweet Sixteen, renamed for one night as My Super ROYAL Sweet Sixteen. <BR/><BR/>No, no, and no. Mia wants no part of this scheme, which she's sure was dreamed up by Lilly. As her friendships are strained over her decision not to take Grandmere up on her offer, Mia learns a few things about friendship, family, and loyalty to the country she will one day rule. <BR/><BR/>The Princess Diaries continues to be a delightful, enjoyable series, and SWEET SIXTEEN PRINCESS is another great read. The only downside? It took me only fifteen minutes to read this installment, which left me slightly disappointed.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Princess diaries

    I love the princess diaries!!!!!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2006

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    Mia, Princess of Genovia, is about to turn sixteen. The last thing she wants is a sweet sixteen birthday party, but it seems like that's the only thing her friends can talk about. While Mia is worried about how to get the administration at Albert Einstein High School to go less on the structured athletics and more on the personal exercise and health regimen, her best friend Lilly is still steaming over being passed up for her own show on MTV. While Lilly stews over Andy Milonakis getting the spot instead, and her parents being separated, and waiting for her boyfriend, J.P., to use the L word, Mia is wondering what type of scheme Grandmere could possibly be concocting for her sixteenth birthday. Because although Lilly seems to think a sweet sixteen blow-out party is in order, Mia would rather have a nice, private dinner with her boyfriend, Michael, to celebrate the occasion. And then comes the news--not only is Grandmere planning a sweet sixteen party, but she's planning the mother of all parties. Private jet to Genovia for Mia and one hundred of her closest friends (does she even know one hundred people?), shopping at all the swanky boutiques, even a performance by Destiny's Child to cap off the night. Oh, and it's going to be taped for the MTV reality show, My Super Sweet Sixteen, renamed for one night as My Super ROYAL Sweet Sixteen. No, no, and no. Mia wants no part of this scheme, which she's sure was dreamed up by Lilly. As her friendships are strained over her decision not to take Grandmere up on her offer, Mia learns a few things about friendship, family, and loyalty to the country she will one day rule. The Princess Diaries continues to be a delightful, enjoyable series, and SWEET SIXTEEN PRINCESS is another great read. The only downside? It took me only fifteen minutes to read this installment, which left me slightly disappointed.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Jada blog

    This was an amazing book for pre teens and up

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2006

    A must for any Princess Diaries fan

    Princess Mia is growing up. This book is so great and is a must for any fan of Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries series. This series has had me hooked from the beginning and the story just continues to be great!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2006

    Meg Cabots at it again! Another great novel.

    Another great book on my shelf by Meg Cabot. This book is by far one of Meg Cabot's best books ever!It was a good book, but I don't understand why Meg Cabot named the book 'Party Princess' when so very little of the book is about a party.But all in all it was a fantastic book! I recommend it.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    SO Stupid DOnt Wasye Ur Money

    DOnt waste ur money on a 80 page book! it was so stupid, cute, but stupid. All that happened was Mia is turning 16 and her grandmother surprises her with a version of MTVS Super Sweet 16 tv show but she refuses so they dont due it and Michael surprises her with a party at rockerfeller center instead

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2006

    This Book Should Be GREAT!

    I can't wait for this book to come out. The other novels in this series were great and this one should be even better. If you have never read any books in this series, you should. Start with #1 and then work your way up. Meg Cabot has proved once again she is a great author.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2006

    Mia's 16th!!

    I cannot wait until this book appears on the shelves! Meg Cabot is such an entertaining and talented author and her Princess Diaries series is very enjoyable. There's no doubt that this book will be as absorbing as the others were.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2006

    Sweet Sixteen for the unusual party princess

    I can't wait for this book to come out!! I've read all of the other Princess Diaries books and they rock. How can you not like them? I just KNOW I'll love this one, too.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2006

    princess diaries= 3

    wow im so excited to read this book! i seriously cant wait till may! no seriously, like is it possible for it to come out now?!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2015

    To "to number two"

    Hey, spoiler alert!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2015

    To number two

    The baby was born in Princess In Pink.

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  • Posted November 30, 2014

    So, finally I feel a bit of sympathy for Lilly. I still really

    So, finally I feel a bit of sympathy for Lilly. I still really don't like how she treats Mia though.
    Mia is turning 16 in this book and everyone has ideas for how she should celebrate and no one seems to care what she wants. Except by the end of the book we find out that most of Mia's circle of friends and family actually did care the whole time.
    I also spy something curious happening with Perin that I've been suspicious of since she came into the picture. I also still have some questions about J.P. and hope we continue to learn more about him in future installments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    When does the baby get born?

    Idk im confused did it die or something?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    "Sweet 16 Princess" by Meg Cabot, was entertaining, ho

    &quot;Sweet 16 Princess&quot; by Meg Cabot, was entertaining, however not very descriptive. Meg Cabot speaks of Mia and Grandmère's dispute when Grandmère attempts to throw an extravagant birthday party for Mia, which Mia is not in favor of. Over the course of the book, the women fight, make up, and Mia receives the birthday party she hoped for. The book was an entertaining read, but too short and lacked a conclusion.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Bar

    All drinks served...free

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Not worth the money! DO NOT BUY!!!

    Boring the movie is a lot more intersting

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    What number in the series is it?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2009

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