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The Princess Present (Princess Diaries Series)

The Princess Present (Princess Diaries Series)

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by Meg Cabot

Mia would give all the jewels in Genovia for the perfect present

Every year, Princess Mia spends the holidays in Genovia with Grandmère. This year, she's looking forward to the most perfect Christmas ever: her boyfriend, Michael, and her best friend, Lilly, are coming to Genovia, too.

But even a princess's plans can go awry. Lilly has a lot to learn


Mia would give all the jewels in Genovia for the perfect present

Every year, Princess Mia spends the holidays in Genovia with Grandmère. This year, she's looking forward to the most perfect Christmas ever: her boyfriend, Michael, and her best friend, Lilly, are coming to Genovia, too.

But even a princess's plans can go awry. Lilly has a lot to learn about palace protocol, and with all the state holiday functions Mia must attend, there's no time to linger under the mistletoe with Michael. Worst of all, Mia hasn't been able to find him the perfect gift.

Can Mia stop her (bah-hum)bugging long enough to see that the perfect present has nothing to do with international express courier -- and everything to do with real love? (Though some shiny silver ribbon never hurts ...)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It's back to Genovia in The Princess Present: A Princess Diaries Book by Meg Cabot, the sixth title in the series. Meg's friend, Lilly, and beau, Michael, are coming to visit her in Genovia for Christmas, and Mia wants to make sure everything is perfect. Lilly's aversion to the wealth around her and a disastrous gala ball add to the craziness, before all is resolved in an O'Henry-esque denouement. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Princess Mia is back in this sweet holiday trifle, the latest addition to the popular "Princess Diaries" series. Every year, the young heir of Genovia spends the holidays in the royal kingdom with her father and grandfather. Holidays are usually pretty spectacular there, but Mia believes this holiday will be more perfect than any others, because she has made arrangements for her boyfriend, Michael, and her best friend, Lilly to join her. However, things quickly go awry. Mia's royal obligations keep her busy and apart from her beloved Michael. She argues with rebellious Lilly about the responsibilities of royalty and their guests. Mia even inadvertently disrupts her grandmother's holiday festivities, in a most unusual way. Altogether, Mia's holiday spirit is taking a real beating. Can she find the meaning of Christmas in time to prevent her visit from being a total loss? Fans of the excitable young princess are sure to love this book. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 12 to 16.
—Heidi Hauser Green
This brief new entry in the popular series about Mia, a Manhattan high school student who also happens to be heir to the throne of a small European nation, is a version of the classic O. Henry story "The Gift of the Magi." In diary form, Mia breathlessly relates how she spends the Christmas holidays in Genovia with her demanding Grandmère. She is thrilled that her boyfriend, Michael, and her best friend, Lilly, are coming to join her, but distraught because she hasn't yet found the perfect gift for him. Meanwhile, state functions cut into her make-out time with Michael, Lilly wreaks havoc, tourists need rescuing from a sinking ship, and hilarious disasters ensue as Mia struggles to master her royal responsibilities. Another funny, frothy confection from Cabot that will please Mia's many fans. (A Princess Diaries book). KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, HarperCollins, 96p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Paula Rohrlick

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Princess Diaries Series
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Ages 12+
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5.00(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.51(d)
1030L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 14 Years

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The Princess Present: A Princess Diaries Book

Tuesday, December 22, Noon,

Royal Genovian Bedchamber


Why am I the only one who CARES???? Grandmère just looked up from her lemon juice and warm water and went, "Prepare the blue and gold wing, please," to Antoine, the majordomo.


She is so tied up with planning her Christmas Eve Ball (royalty from all over the world will be descending on Genovia for it), that she can't think of anything else. Not that anybody else in the family cares about it. Dad even asked why we couldn't just have a quiet family Christmas for a change.

Grandmère looked at him with daggers in her eyes and then said, as she sorted through all the RSVPs she'd gotten in the mail, "Well, if Prince Nikolaos of Greece thinks we're going to put up his polo pony while he's here, he is sadly mistaken."

My dad just sighed and went back to reading The Wall Street Journal.

I am telling you, there is something WRONG with my family.

"Hello? That's it?" I cried. "The future Prince Michael Moscovitz Renaldo is arriving tomorrow for his first visit ever to the country over which he will one day help me rule, and all you can say is 'Prepare the blue and gold wing, Antoine' ?"

That got my dad to look out from behind his newspaper.

"You two are engaged?" There was this total crease in the middle of his forehead. Funny how I've never noticed it before. If I stuck a penny in there, I bet a gum ball would fall out of his mouth. "When did this happen?"

Sadly, I was forced to admit that Michael had not, as yet, proposed.

But it's sure to happen eventually, as a love like the one Michael and I share can never be denied -- no matter what the studios who make all those movies allegedly based on my life might think.

"Oh," my dad said. And lost all interest. The crease completely disappeared. In fact, his whole head disappeared back behind the newspaper.

"Fresh cut flowers will be placed in all the rooms in the blue and gold wing, Amelia," Grandmère said, as she banged on the end of her soft-boiled egg with a silver spoon. "What more do you want? A gala in the young man's honor? As if we don't have enough to worry about with the Christmas Ball. Why must you obsess so over such inconsequential things?"

Inconsequential? INCONSEQUENTIAL? Michael and Lilly's first ever visit to Genovia is INCONSEQUENTIAL? I mean, sure, they're only coming for a week . . . a mere seven days . . . only one hundred and sixty-eight hours. . . .

But I'm trying to stay positive, like Dr. Phil says to.

"A week isn't very long to enjoy all the incredible sights this country has to offer."

That's what Philomena, my dad's latest girlfriend, had to offer to the breakfast convo. Like this wasn't a completely transparent attempt to get in good with my dad. You know, on account of her appreciating his native land so much. Like he was going to throw down his paper and be all, "Philomena, light of my heart, be mine forever!" because she said you couldn't see everything there is to see in his principality in seven days.


Not that I don't wholly support a woman's right to use her god-given assets to get a prince to propose to her, or to make a career out of strutting down a runway in a thong with a pair of wings attached to the straps of her bra.

I just, you know, hope she's socking some of it away in a decent 401(k) or some Roth IRAs.

Grandmère ignored Philomena. This is her custom where my dad's girlfriends are concerned.

"You must be sure to remind Antoine to secure a tuxedo for your young man," is all Grandmère said. "I don't want him turning up at the ball in dungarees. And tell Lilly I expect her to have removed all of those horrid friendship bracelets she wears. Straggly pieces of dirt-collecting yarn is what I call them. I won't have the Contessa Trevanni thinking my granddaughter's best friend is a bag lady."

The whole time she was talking, Rommel, Grand-mère's hairless toy poodle, was totally looking on, so hoping she might drop a crumb or two of the toast she was smearing with soft-boiled egg guts. Because Rommel is on this diet where all he's allowed to eat is specially formulated dog food. This is on account of the royal vet recently diagnosing him with irritable bowel syndrome. Apparently, the IBS is caused by the antidepressants Rommel is taking to combat his OCD, which manifests itself in his licking all of his fur off.

"And the parents of your little friends don't mind them spending Christmas away from home?" Philomena asked, all sweetly.

"No," I explained to her, speaking slowly because she's Danish. And a model. "The Moscovitzes don't celebrate Christmas. They're Jewish."

"And they are coming on the Royal Genovian jet?" Philomena asked, her perfectly plucked eyebrows raised. Because she'd had to fly commercial to get to the palace -- first class, but still -- on account of the jet having been sent to pick up Michael and Lilly.

"Certain people," my dad said from behind the paper, "refused to spend the holidays in Genovia -- on the grounds that she'd miss her baby brother's first Christmas -- unless certain demands were met."

Philomena looked confused, apparently not realizing my dad was talking about me and the temper tantrum that had finally forced him to send the jet for Lilly and Michael.

"But that's terrible," Philomena said in her Danish accent. "Who would rather stay in America for the holidays than come to this beautiful place?"

Really, I don't know how I'm supposed to endure the anti-Americanism that is rampant in this part of the world. Sometimes it just makes my blood boil. But whatever.

THEY'RE COMING!!!! They'll be here in twenty-four hours!!!! I have to get to work if I'm going to have everything ready for them in time.

The Princess Present: A Princess Diaries Book. Copyright © by Meg Cabot. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet 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.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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Princess Present 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
This was a cute novella, the dilemma over the presents between Michael and Mia was very sitcom but cute. I find myself again asking why Lilly is such a jerk and why Mia continues to be friends with her. Surely she must see some redeeming qualities, but why does the reader never get to see them? I was surprised and delighted to see some more softening of Grandmere's character. Ready to move on to the next book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty good. Lilly is really annoying, however. She's a genius, but she's irritating sometimes. The things she says and the way she acts is partly the reason why Mia is the way she is. However, she is the daughter of psychotherapists,right? With Michael, I think Mia shouldn't get all her hopes up on him, because he could leave her if he wanted. I hope he doesn't because they are a pretty good match.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I finished it in like a day around Christmastime. It was funny at times-especially with the cats, and I liked how it was shortened, even though some others did not. If you like the series then definately read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked most of the princess diaries series... but they just seem to keep getting shorter and shorter! and lily, who always kind of annoyed me, went all out this book and became this fly you just want to slap. you would think mia would talk some sense into her or something... i didnt really like this book. i gotta say, it was my least favorite of the entire series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We all know and love Mia... she's the type who wants the best for everyone, would rather ask for world peace for Christmas instead of a computer or some other electronic like everyone else... But the one present she does ask for (and gets) is for Michael and Lilly to spend the holidays with her in Genovia..... But will it really be every thing she hoped for? And will she be able find that one special gift for Michael that will make the holidays oh so special like she hoped?
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok mia is a really busy girl the whole micheal thing and lilly well lilly mostly she goes wild in this book and like mia does not have enoughproblems now shes got to handle a wild on lilly moscovitz though it is really romantic with micheal she is one lucky girl but what about being a princess micheal will probaly not want to leave his amarican citizenship 4 genovia
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book! and it is really funny in the parts that need some humorous parts .
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with what others have said about Lilly getting kind of annoying but I LOVE Mia and I love Meg Cabot and this whole series is just soooooooooo good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i saw it i really wanted it because i thought it will be great. BUT it was very dissapointing. it was very boring, and lilly (wich was my favorite till now) got really annoying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, Lilly did get a little annoying what with the boyfriends and all, but over all, I thought this was a great book. It's easy to read in one sit and keeps your interest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Princess Diaries book ever!!!!!!!!!! I loved the ending, and I can't wait for the next book to come out!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems to me that each new book in the Princess Diaries series is shorter than the one preceding it. I have also found that each book is less intriguing than the last, although Meg Cabot somehow managed to obtain my interest for the 85 pages of this extremely short novel. The novel seemed almost pointless, but all conflicts introduced were, in one way or another, resolved at the end. The ending was predictable, yet unpredictable at the same time. Lilly is becoming obnoxious, and it annoyed me to read about her actions. After reading this novel, I wonder if Cabot will be able to write a seventh book in the series, and if it will be longer than 90 pages. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to be able to read a book in well under an hour and loves Cabot's writing style.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Meg Cabot and I truly love all the Princess Diaries books. I have read them all at least five times. But Princess Present was a bit of a disappointment after reading the others. Good for a an hour read but not worth a favorite book award.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was NO what so ever plot of this story. I think they should write another Princess Diaries book that's alot more intresting! The others were good but this didn't go on my Christmas list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was grrreat! and it was realllllly funny and Michael is sooo sweet! I like Meg Cabot's writing! plus did u know meg cabot is doing an american girl 2!!!!!! WOO HOO! I reccomend ANY of the princess Diaries books, but i think out of the whole series my favorite would be princess in pink! The series way out pass the movies!