Spoiler-Free Review : The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there's nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra.
Is she ever in for a surprise.
First Mom announces that she's dating Mia's Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn't have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance?
I went to my local charity shop and found this there for only 50p and I had recently heard so many good things about this series from watching April's (Aprilius Maximus on Youtube) videos. If you haven't already then please check out her videos as she's really great and entertaining though she will also make you want to buy every book she hauls. Every booktuber does that though, right?
Anyway, I had wanted to start this series for quite a while so when I saw the first book there for that price I just had to buy it.
Mia is unpopular at school, her only friends are her best friend Lilly and Lilly's brother, Michael, and a few other people. She gets picked on by the popular girl, Lana Weinberger and is in love with the popular boy, Josh Richter, who is also Lana's boyfriend. At the moment she sounds like a typical girl, but did I mention the things she hates about herself. She is the tallest in her class, has clown feet and has a chest as flat as a table.
The she finds out that she's the Princess of Genovia or should I say Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldi, Crown Princess of Genovia. Of course the only thing she can do is freak out! Her father, the ruler of Genovia has flown over especially to talk to her and he then arranges for Mia's grandmother, Clarisse Marie Grimaldi Renaldo to teach Mia 'Princess Lessons'. These are hell for Mia as her grandmother is brutal and fierce. She learns how to eat properly, greet guests and how to avoid interviews/paparazzi. She has to handle this on top of her extra algebra lessons (she's flunking) with her mum's new boyfriend, Mr Gianini.
Then somehow the newspaper finds out that Mia is the Princess of Genovia. Everyone at school knows and all of sudden Mia is popular, but not how she wanted. She's lost her best friend Lilly and now has caught the attention of her arch enemy Lana Weinberger. Lana continues to make friends with her, but Mia is having none of it. All she wants is everything to go back to normal, when she wasn't a princess and she had nothing to do but help Lilly with her TV show. Her life has blown up and she has no idea how to fix it. Did I mention she also has a bodyguard following her every move? Well, she does.
The rest I'm going to keep a secret so as not to spoil you! ;) Let me just tell you that a lot of stuff happens, some good and some bad...
I found all the characters to be likeable and really fun and Mia was a good role model - though she did make a few bad decisions, but doesn't everyone?
I loved all the drama each character created and overall I think there was a good range/mixture of characters.
The storyline was great and was constantly entertained even if some parts were easy to suspect. I will definitely be picking up the rest of the series (maybe from the library or if I can find them at my nearby charity shop) as I really want to find out what is in store for Mia and her friends/family.
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38980.The_Princess_Diaries?from_search=true&search_version=service
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Princess-Diaries-Meg-Cabot/9780061479939
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