Princess in Pink (Princess Diaries Series #5)

Princess in Pink (Princess Diaries Series #5)

by Meg Cabot


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Princess in Pink (Princess Diaries Series #5) by Meg Cabot

The fifth book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot.

In her heart of hearts, Mia has but one wish: an evening spent with Michael in a tux and a corsage on her wrist—in other words, the prom. Michael, however, does not seem to share the dream that is the prom. Worse still, a service workers' strike (with Grandmère and Lilly at the heart of it and on opposite sides) threatens the very existence of this year's prom.

Will the strike end in time? Can Mia talk Michael out of his anti-prom views? Most importantly, will Mia get to wear her pink prom dress?

Princess in Pink is the fifth book in the beloved, bestselling series that inspired the feature film starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. Beautifully repackaged in paperback, this title will appeal to new readers as well as fans looking to update their collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061543630
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/22/2008
Series: Princess Diaries , #5
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 127,949
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About 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.


New York, New York

Place of Birth:

Bloomington, Indiana


B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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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:


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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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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Princess in Pink (Princess Diaries Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 170 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And i dont care what none of you guys say but this book is just great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved princess in pink it is funny romantic and fun (not for people under 7 )
juicey0 More than 1 year ago
Princess in Pink is my 4th favorite book because it is so interesting and I can not put the dumb thing down! It is very colorful and has random parts in it. This book is about a girl named Mia Thermopolis and her boyfriend, Michael, does not want to go to the prom. Her best friend is cheating on her nerdy boyfriend Boris and her royal pain in the butt grandmother is staying at their apartment. Mia has a lot on her hands and I would not want to be her but, I like reading the book Princess in Pink!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great book!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently finished the book Princess in Pink by Meg Cabot. It is the fifth book in the Princess Diaries series and one of the best. This book is very thrilling by what Mia goes through daily. In the book the author is very good at expressing the setting. It makes you feel like you could just close your eyes and see where the book is taking place. The one place the author describes the most is the loft where Mia her mom and Mr. Gianni live. The main characters are Mia, Lilly, and Michael. Then there are the less important people such as Helen, Mr. Gianni, Lars, Grandmere, Mia's father, Shameeka, Tina, Boris, Lana, and Sing Lu. I like Michael the most because how Mia describes him he is very charming. Most of the book is about Mia being mad at Michael because he won't take her to the prom since he thinks it is lame. Also disaster strikes Manhattan when Lilly, Mia's best friend starts a strike shutting down almost the whole city.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! I love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is a great series! meg Cabot is such a talented author! The series is AMAZING ON TAPE! Hope this was helpful! I enjoy this series very much! The movies are good to! This book is ment for you if you like girly romantic funny books!
Mooslynn More than 1 year ago
Okay reading these books as an adult takes some time due to the fact that sometimes you want to throw the book across the room. Lilly is so self centered that I'm beginning to wonder why Mia is even friends with her. Grandmere is just as self centered but she's Mia's family so she is required to put up with her. But what kind of message does that say to a royal princess when her Grandmother can't even admit when she has done something wrong?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love love these books!! But seriously why does mia put up with lilly she is sich a bee with an itch!!! I cant stand her!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the book but i think you all need to put some of the main events on this website. The boo kto me gets real deep...I would recommend this book to teens who really like to read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was i think the best from the ones I read the first, second, third, and fourth. I loved them all and cant wait to get the others! All though its kind of mean what Lilly did to Boris and then what Boris did to himself bc of what Lilly did to him. It was all very interesting. I thought it was really great!!! This is my favorite series!!!!!!! Im going to get every book in this series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly LOVED this book. I love how it all came together in the end. Mia like any other girl had her mind set on the prom and she was determined that somehow she was gonna go. I don't think she got there the way she intended to with the workers strike but it was still great. I love how the ending is where her mother goes into labor and Mia becomes a big sister to a little baby boy. It was all together GREAT!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok ill wait at res 2
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say this is the best series i have evr read. I recomend this book because it is amazing buur ro get the whhole story and understand tyou must read thhe series in order
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious, which is why i kept reading it with interest, but Mia was sssooo annoying. Ugh, I just wanna slap her sometimes. It is good addition to the series, and it helps pass the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very funny, and it shows how big a deal is it for girls to go to the proom. It is a book about Princess Mia and her life. She dreams of being in a pink dress on the proom, but her boyfriens is not planning to go to the proom. So, can she make him go ,while she gets ready for a new mamber of the family. So read the bok to find out and you won't be dissopointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Princess in Pink was one of the best books I've ever read!! The book was interesting and fun to read. The book is about Princess Mia's birthday party. Her boyfriend Micheal is on his way to college! Mia is doing her best to persuade Michael to go to his prom so she can be his date. Mia finds out that Michael is not the prom type. Lily meets new people and unfortunately breaks up with Boris. Mia's birthday dinner leads to a waiter getting fired. Lily begins to go to the press about the situation and causes all of the waiters and waitresses to go on strike!!! Mia soon finds the way to persuade Micheal to go to the prom, and she begins to live happily ever after!!
bookwormteri on LibraryThing 7 days ago
Another cute showing. However, if you let it get to you it might. The whining of a fifteen year old girl is best taken in small doses if you have a teenager of your own. Otherwise, if you remember who is "writing" the book, it is thoroughly enjoyable.
magst on LibraryThing 11 days ago
This is a great book. I read it in a day, and could not put it down. Princess Diaries fans will not be disappointed with Meg Cabot's latest novel!
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Yo there people! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes!!!!mia and michaej(sexy) go to the prom but micheaj is in the band so they cant really dance. In the middle of the prom mias mom has a baby boy.. spoiler alert sorry.....
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this tale of Princess Mia's further adventures. From Prom woes, to nasty best friends, to escapist dogs and striking bus boys, Mia's life is never dull. I do wish I could like Lilly's character more. I keep thinking I will probably like her better in the next book, but this book really made me upset with her again. She does not seem like a nice person and I think that Mia (and others) deserve better than the way she treats people. Perhaps LILLY needs some self-actualization! All in all though, it was a funny heart-warming tale and I'm enjoying the opportunity to pass these books along to my daughter when I've finished reading them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To the veiwer from 2000 that said they want to be a princess just keep dreaming i will pray for u
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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