Princess in Training (Princess Diaries Series #6)

Princess in Training (Princess Diaries Series #6)

by Meg Cabot


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Princess in Training (Princess Diaries Series #6) by Meg Cabot

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

Student body president, that is—nominated by her power-mad best friend, Lilly. This is not how Mia imagined kicking off her sophomore year, but as usual, she has bigger problems to worry about, like Geometry. And now that Mia's one true love, Michael, is uptown at college, what's the point of even getting up for school in the morning? But the last straw is what Lana whispers to her on the lunch line about what college boys expect of their girlfriends. . . . Really, it's almost more than a princess in training can bear!

Princess in Training is the sixth 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: 9780061543654
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/27/2008
Series: Princess Diaries , #6
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 163,223
Product dimensions: 7.98(w) x 5.34(h) x 0.76(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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The Princess Diaries, Volume VI: Princess in Training Chapter One

"Um, Mom," I said, as I followed her into Rocky's room, where she'd apparently been engaged in putting away his clean laundry before Mamaw's blow fell. "Can I talk to you about something?"

"Sure." Although my mom didn't exactly sound like she was much in the mood to talk. "What?"

"Uh . . ." Well, she HAD told me once that I could talk to her about ANYTHING. "How old were you the first time you had sex?"

I fully expected her to say "I was in college," but I guess she was so busy trying to cram all of Rocky's my mommy is mad as hell and she votes onesies into his tiny dresser, that she didn't think about what she was saying beforehand. She just went, "Oh, God, Mia, I don't know. I must have been, what, about fifteen?"

And then it was like she realized what she'd just said and she sucked in her breath really fast and looked at me all wide-eyed and went, "NOT THAT I'M PROUD OF IT!!!"

Because she must have remembered at the same time I did that I am fifteen.

The next thing I knew, she was blathering a mile a minute.

"It was Indiana, Mia," she cried. "It's not like there was so much else to do. And it was, like, twenty years ago. It was the eighties! Things were different back then!"

"Hello," I said, because I've fully seen every episode of I Love the 80s, including I Love the 80s Strikes Back. "Just because people wore leg warmers all the time—"

"I don't mean that!" Mom cried. "I mean, people actually thought George Michael was straight. And that Madonna would be a one-hit wonder. Things were DIFFERENT then." Icouldn't think of anything to say. Except, moronically, "I can't believe you and Dad Did It for the first time when you were FIFTEEN."

And then, noticing my mother's expression, I was like, "Oh, my God. That's right!" Because she didn't even meet Dad until she was in college. "MOM!!! Who WAS it?"

"His name was Wendell," my mom said, her eyes going all dreamy, either because Wendell had been a total hottie, or because Rocky had finally quit crying, and was instead drooling all over the lion patch on my uniform blazer, so that for once, the loft was filled with blissful silence. "Wendell Jenkins."

WENDELL???? The man my mom gave the precious flower of her virginity to was named WENDELL????

I seriously would NOT have sex with someone named Wendell. But then, I am having grave reservations about having sex with anyone, so my opinion probably isn't worth much.

"Wow," my mom said, still looking dreamy. "I haven't thought of Wendell in ages. I wonder whatever happened to him."

"You don't KNOW?" I cried, loudly enough that Rocky kind of gave a little start in my arms. But he calmed down after a quick verse of Pink's "Trouble."

"Well, I mean, I know he graduated," my mom said, quickly. "And I'm pretty sure he married April Pollack, but—"

"Oh, my GOD!" This was shocking. No wonder Mom is the way she is! "He was two-timing you????"

"No, no," my mom said. "He started going out with April after he and I broke up." I nodded knowingly. "You mean he loved you and left you?" Just like Dave Farouq El-Abar and Tina Hakim Baba!

"No, Mia," my mom said, with a laugh. "Good grief, you have an uncanny ability to turn everything into a country western song. I mean he and I went out, and it was great, but I eventually realized . . . well, I wanted out of Versailles, and he didn't, so I left, and he stayed. And married April Pollack."

Just like Dean married that other girl on Gilmore Girls!

"But . . ." I stared at my mom. "You loved him?"

"Of course I loved him," my mom said. "Gosh, Wendell Jenkins. I haven't thought of him in ages."

GEEZ! I can't believe my mother is not still in contact with the boy who relieved her of her virginity! What kind of school did she GO to back then, anyway?

"Why are you asking me all these questions, Mia?" my mom finally wanted to know. "Are you and Michael—"

"No," I said, hastily shoving Rocky back into her arms.

"Mia, it's perfectly all right if you want to talk to me about—"

"I don't," I said, fast. Real fast.

"Because if you—"

"I don't," I said again. "I have homework. Bye."

And I went into my room and locked the door.

There must be something wrong with me. I'm serious. Because you could totally tell when Mom was remembering having sex with Wendell Jenkins, that she'd had a good time. Doing It. Everyone seems to have a good time Doing It. Like in movies and on TV and everything. Everyone seems to think Doing It is just, like, the pinnacle of experiences.

Everyone except for me. Why am I the only person who, when she thinks about Doing It, feels nothing but . . . sweaty? And not in a good way. This can't be a normal re-action. This has to be yet another genetic anomaly in my makeup, like absence of mammary glands and size-ten feet. I am totally lacking in the Do It gene.

I mean, I WANT to Do It. I mean, I guess that's what I want, you know, when Michael and I are kissing, and I smell his neck, and I get that feeling like I want to jump on him. Surely this is an indication that I want to Do It.

Except that to Do It you actually have to take your CLOTHES OFF. In FRONT OF THE OTHER PERSON. I mean, unless you're one of those Orthodox Jews who do it through a hole in the sheet like Barbra Streisand in Yentl.

And I do not think I am ready to TAKE MY CLOTHES OFF in front of Michael. It is bad enough taking them off in front of Lana Weinberger in the locker room first thing in the morning. I don't think I could ever take them off in front of a BOY. Especially not a boy I am actually in love with and hope to marry someday, if he ever asks me and if I ever get over this whole spastic not-wanting-to-take-my-clothes-off-in-front-of-him thing.

Although, I definitely wouldn't mind seeing Michael with HIS clothes off.

Is this a double standard?

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

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should really read this book. I have read 2 books out of the whole series. And I have lobed both of them. I hope to read all of them, even to the last book. Warning: only read this book if you are 9 years or older!!!! Have fun reading!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i can never stop reading it can i? its the bomb. i highly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I picked up this book, I could seriously not put it down!!! This book is what every teenage girl should have... I hope you like it as much as I did!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting book. I had no idea Michael was such a fake. I hate the way in this book he pressures Mia to think about the biggest step in her life now! He's all 'I won't wait forever'. The worst part is, at first Mia is concerned but than she lets this major warning signal go. It's time Mia found a real prince who would wait to the ends of the earth for her to be ready for love and know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will definitely give Cabot 5 stars because she gives all of the detail and humorous twists that make Princess Mia a gawky sophmore, and a Genovian princess at the same time. It's like she has two faces to show everyone! Bravo to you 'Princess Meg'!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Teriffic, I loved the book as i do all of the other books in the series. It's cool that Mia is getting older and is experiencing a lot of the same things most teens are. I know Micheal is in college and all, but i don't think it was cool for him to put that much pressure on Mia to do it. Still, a great book and i will continue to read the series. Also it was incredibly funny when Mia talked about the movies that were made about the movie. I would switch lives with Mia anyday!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was entertaining and amusing. But I do NOT like the way it is going. Michael is not the same sweet prince-like guy that he was in the previous novels. While I will continue to read the series, because it is addicting, I don't see it getting any better. Mia whines way to much
Guest More than 1 year ago
omg!! i personaly think that this is the best book in the series- so far, that is!!! in this book mia is totaly going through things that teenagers really do go through. plus it seems that like in this book she totaly throws her little good-girl self out the window!that was pretty much my favorite part of it!!! if u havn't already, then u should totaly read it!!!!!
BookLuverz More than 1 year ago
The princess diaries series are very funny to read and it really tells the readers Princess Mia's hardships in love and her being a princess.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you a teen looking for a good book to read? If so, you should read Princess in Training. This book serious is a "what happens next" from princess diaries. I personally am not that crazy about fantasy comedy. The way that the writer created the story I wasn't bothered by it, actually I enjoyed the fantasy comedy aspect of it. The only part of the story that I wasn't so crazy about was that it kept switching form Mia's diary, to aim conversations. The story drags on at points, but it Is very good and worth the wait.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though the Princess Diaries is no longer my favorite series by Meg Cabot (I love her adult historicals under Patricia Cabot) I thought that Princess in Training was, well, ok. It was a lot better (in my opinion) than the book before it in the series. And, I am not suprised about Michael wanting to take their relationship to the next level. Come on, the dude is eighteen! Mia was freaking out, because she is only a sophomore in high school! It was good, not the best. I would with out a doubt tell you to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
God... I love this WHOLE series!! Mia is SOOO funny, yeah a little whiny.. but who cares?? I read in a day!!! READ IT!! (but start with the first one!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, i couldt stop reading it. My eyes were staring at the book the whole time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this whole series!!! It's a great series for tweens+teens!! So easy to relate to!!! Read it!!!
bookwormteri on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Mia runs for student government, almost gets Genovia kicked out of the European Union, and thinks that because Michael is in college now he has to do IT or everything will back up and explode.
magst on LibraryThing 7 days ago
I really enjoyed this book. Most found it lagging, but I felt it was calmer then the others and touched on some really important subjects for young girls.
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MyndiL More than 1 year ago
Another installment, another book full of me hating Lilly. I'm not sure what it is that makes Mia continue to be friends with her. She's abrasive and pushy and bossy and down right mean and insulting to the people she claims are her friends. It really rubs me the wrong way. Other than the Lilly side of things, I love how the author chose to poke fun at the differences in the film versions of the series. That move endeared me to Ms. Cabot all the more. Michael, oh Michael, how much I love this guy! He's smart without being abrasive like his sister, and he truly seems to care about Mia. I love his line at the end of the book, which totally sealed my love for his character. Oh, the story, so the plot is a bit different this time and focuses a lot on high school and how it compares to her princess life. I liked the comparison aspect and think it was brilliant to write it that way. Great addition to the series and a must read for true fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Listen. Ages 11+
Mooslynn More than 1 year ago
Welcome back to the Mia that I have grown to love. She still has her obsessive compulsions but not as strong as they were when she wasn't sure if Michael wasn't in love with her. I love that she focuses on more than just her relationship with Michael in this installment. She is back to the person you grew to love in the first Princess Diaries.
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Great book for 9 years old and up!!
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