Review: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Age Group: Teen
Source: Borrowed from Public Library
Amazon     Barnes and Noble     IndieBound
Rating: 3.5  out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

With wry, observant wit, Mia chronicles her rocky first month of high school. First she finds out she’s the crown princess of a European principality, then there’s a first kiss from her big crush, an empowering ice-cream-cone shove into the sweater of her nemesis, and a meltdown in the ladies’ room of Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel.

My Thoughts

I thought it would be fun to re-read The Princess Diaries.  I read this back during my sophomore year of college.  It think this was one of the first teen books I ever read.  Well, excluding all the Fear Street books I read when I was in fourth grade (teen books weren’t really a big thing when I was actually a teen!).  I’m so glad I did!  This was such a fun read.

Mia is such a fantastic character.  I think almost any girl can relate to her.  She isn’t super popular, she has a crush on one of the cutest boys in school, and she has bad hair.  Completely relatable!  I love how Mia really grows throughout the novel, as well.  She starts off as a passive high school freshman, and grows into a more assertive young woman.  Although it is clear she has some more growing to do at the end of the book.

Mia’s best friend Lilly is kind of annoying, but she is important to the book.  I also love Mia’s other friend Tina!  She is awesome!  I want a best friend like her.  And Michael is just awesome!

I love Meg Cabot’s writing style.  She is very funny, which is always something I appreciate in a book.  She also really gets the average teenage girl!  It’s amazing.

This book is still great after 12 years in print!  If you haven’t read this, do so soon.

Life Tidbits

  • Did I mention that I am going to see Meg Cabot this weekend in OH!  I am so excited.  It is 5 1/2 hours from where I live.  I can’t wait.
  • I am getting in a bit of a reading slump, so I decided to re-read Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz.  This is the second time I’ve re-read this book since I first read it back in April.  I don’t know what it is about this book, but I love re-reading it.  I really like Emma.  I actually stayed up Tuesday night/Wednesday morning until 1:30 am reading this, then had to get up at 6 the next day.
  • I am so glad So You Think You Can Dance is back on TV.  I am really liking Eliana.  Love Ballerinas!
  • Speaking of ballet, I watched all six episodes of The Breaking Pointe.  So much drama, but I love all the ballet!
  • Finished the second season of Sherlock.  Ahhh!  How can they end it like that?  So good, though.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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9 Responses to Review: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

  1. ladyruby07 says:

    I still have to have the Sherlock feels. I’ve seen all BUT the last ep of the second season. But I kinda know what happens. How can they make us wait at least another year for the third season?!

  2. I so need to read this book. Also, completely agree about Sherlock!

  3. Brittany says:

    I was totally into Fear Street as a kid (yep, kid – not teen. Probably gave myself nightmares for a good 2-3 years lol). I read those while everyone else was reading Goosebumps haha.
    I’m really excited to read The Princess Diaries! I actually never read this and I love Meg’s other work 🙂
    SYTYCD! I love Eliana too. There are so many good people this season!

    • Quinn says:

      I was into Fear Street as a kid, too. I read 1 goosebumps book in 3rd grade, I think, and then after that everything for Fear Street. My neighbor and I would trade books all the time. I think this might be part of the reason I love ghost stories now, because generally, I don’t like scary things.

      There are so many great dancers on SYTYCD! I love that show!

  4. Candice says:

    I’ve seen the opening credits to Breaking Pointe twice and, although I haven’t watched the show, both times I’ve thought “oh man, this show looks awesomepants!” I really should check it out. And Sherlock?! I LOVE THAT SHOW! Haven’t seen the last episode yet; must watch!

    Oh, and the Princess Diaries is the bomb diggity! 🙂

    • Quinn says:

      Haha, Breaking Pointe is awesome pants! There is definitely a lot of drama, particularly between Rex and Alison (wow – is she annoying!) but I loved all the ballet stuff.

      As for Sherlock, well it isn’t bad that you haven’t watched the last episode yet, because once you do, you have to wait FOREVER for the next season.

  5. Katie says:

    I really need to read this! I was a teen when this was first published and a few of my friends read it, but I just never got around to it. I will definitely pick up a copy the next time I go to the library! Good review!

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