Princess in Waiting (Princess Diaries Series #4)

Princess in Waiting (Princess Diaries Series #4)

by Meg Cabot


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061543647
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/22/2008
Series: Princess Diaries Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 122,598
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(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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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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Princess in Waiting (Princess Diaries Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 264 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.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing 2 hours ago
OK, in this book Mia is just annoying, she harps on and on about how Michael will dump her if she tells him the she has to miss their first date, because her grandmother is forcing her to attend a ball on the same night.I suppose because I try to confess things as soon as possible and get it over with, I have little patience with Mia's agonising for ages about how Michael will break up with her for being busy on one night. Break up with her because she's being such a baby, more likely.Although Clea Lewis does a good job narrating, it was jarring to have a new voice, Anne Hathaway narrated the previous three. It took me a while to get used to Grandmere's accent, it seemed different. But by the end of the story, I stopped noticing.
calexis on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Mia really does seem to stress herself out way more than she needs to be. But I think a lot of us are like that, well girls anyways, we overthink things. Before she overthought whether Michael was her secret admirer or not. Then she was trying to break up or not break up with Kenny. In this novel, she's trying to figure out whether Michael loves her or is IN love with her, even though he pretty much told her to her face that he loved her and had made out with her since. I certainly don't kiss my friend's brothers, much less love them. haha. But Mia... well, she does keep me amused. Which is why Volume 4 has been read and reviewed already. Well, in process of being reviewed.I'm a little surprised at Mia for being so gullible about her Grandmere. After all that she's been through with her grandmother manipulating her, you would think that she can figure out this grandmother of hers. But I suppose we are weak when it comes to family obligations, especially since Mia's has to do with duty to her country as well.I loved how Meg Cabot incorporated the movie into this book. How Mia's life story has become a movie and the injustices the characters (mainly Lilly) may feel towards their portrayal. As I keep reading, I realize just how much they changed Grandmere's character. I can't see Julie Andrews maniupulating Mia to the extent she goes through. She's much too kind and sweet in the movie version. Despite the fact that there are differences... I'm going to have to say that I still love the films as much as I used to. Sure, there are differences. But the books are good as books. The movies are good as movies.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Mia is now with her crush, but has to spend Christmas break in Genovia being the 'princess.' She's not very happy with having had to kiss and run, so spends the entire book agonizing over being apart from the boyfriend. Really cute.
monkeyfamily on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Mia Thermopolis is still having troubles { a great book}
benuathanasia on LibraryThing 8 days ago
Mildly less preachy than the last, but how many times is Mia going to fall for her grandmother's schemes before she finally realizes that no matter what, she cannot be trusted? ESPECIALLY if she's showing some kind of emotion. I work with a LOT of students in Mia's age-range and few of them are as dense as this girl (in MANY matters, not just with regards to her grandmother). I've decided to classify this series as "crack" fiction (much like the works of Francesca Lia Block and Stephanie Meyer); it isn't written particularly well, the characters are unappealing, and the characters' interactions with each other and the events of the story are unrealistic...yet for god only knows what reason, I "enjoy" it and I usually end up feeling better about myself...probably because I see these horribly unworthy "heroines" and realize that I (and most of humanity) am a crap-load better than these people.
lorabear on LibraryThing 8 days ago
Why I Chose This Book: I love Meg Cabot's books for adults and YA....I want to finish this series before the 10th book comes out:)What I Thought: As usual loved her writing, laugh out loud funny:)
bookwormteri on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Another good episode in the series, although this one is not my favorite so far.
magst on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I loved this book along with the two preceding ones i think every teenage girl can relate to mia on some level. This series is a must have in your collection.
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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