38505-ml-40117The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1) by Meg Cabot
Release Date: September 19, 2000
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Audio via Library
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

She’s just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…

News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that’s why a limo meets her at the airport!)

Downer: Dad can’t have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)

Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he’s royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty–no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what’s a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?– Goodreads

Review:

As someone who has seen The Princess Diaries movie at least 100 times, I decided it was finally time to read the novels. Okay, that’s not fair. I have read the first book in the series..years ago. So I decided to start fresh, from the beginning and it did not disappoint. What I forgot about the first book in the series was how young Mia is and how much I love her. Love her, but also want to shake her because while her humor is on point, I forgot how self-centered she is.

Until I remember that she’s 14 and she just found out that she’s a Princess of a small country. OF COURSE SHE IS GOING TO BE SELF CENTERED AND FREAKING OUT. Who wouldn’t be if they found out that! What I also enjoyed about the first book is the fact that Anne Hathaway read it. I know, that’s something that doesn’t matter to most, but as an audio book fiend, the narrator does matter and I will be upset when she stops narrating them.

The first book, The Princess Diaries is a good starter book. It gives you a good feel of the characters, Mia, her parents, her grandmother, her best friends, and the group that effects her the most at school. More importantly you get a feel of the  time 19567484period that Mia lives in. She lives in 2000 New York City. There is dial up internet, and a lack of everyone having a cellphone, and Mia journals in an actual journal. It’s authentic and enjoyable.

The second book, Princess in the Spotlight, we pick up essentially where The Princess Diaries left off. But a bombshell is dropped on Mia’s life. Yes, she is still a Princess, but now her mom is pregnant…with her algebra teacher’s baby.  Awkward right? Plus Mia is still fighting with her Grandmere, because Grandmere doesn’t understand what being a teenager is like. But it was still relate-able, because while I have never fought with my grandparents about being a princess, there is always that time you feel that people just don’t understand you.

Mia also has a secret admirer and has her fingers crossed that it is Michael, her BFF’s older brother. After The Princess Diaries, Mia finds out that Michael isn’t as bad as maybe she thought he was. And maybe things will be okay.

Of course they aren’t. Not everything can go that okay for Mia, and really where would the fun in that be? And that’s one of the many likable things about The Princess Diaries series, although she is the Princess of a small municipality, she dealt with the same thing that everyone deals with: school, boys, life.

Princes in the Spotlight is about Mia not only being on a popular news station, but about her mother and the growth of the family. When her Grandmere gets wind about the fact that Mia’s mother and teacher plan on getting married she is thrilled! and happy to help plan the wedding by turning it into this giant state event, something no one but Grandmere wants. I mean, her son isn’t even marrying Mia’s mother!

Why does it have to turn into this huge event? Who is Mia’s mystery man?! Princess in the Spotlight is a quick paced novel that B9E15BAF-DCCF-45AF-ACB8-18B7B787024AImg100covers this very weird, and oh so awkward teen years, but also an exciting glimpse into two weeks of Mia’s life. It is also a good reminder that help in life often comes from very unexpected places.

Princess in Love starts off with Mia starts off with stating the fact that one should be careful that they wish for. Something most adults know, but most 14 year olds do not know. Mia wanted a boyfriend, and then she got one. Alas it is not the boyfriend that she was expecting. She is dating Kenny, not Michael, and it’s not that Kenny isn’t lovely, he is. Mia just doesn’t feel anything for Kenny including sparks or love. Something Kenny tells her, that he loves her.

Mia is of course extremely uncomfortable during this because she does not love him. Mia knows the right thing would be to break up with Kenny, really she does know this, but that is also easier said than done. Her life seems to be crumbling and Kenny seems to be a bit of sanity in her life? Mia isn’t sure, all Mia knows is that everything has gone crazy and she would life to go a bit back to normal. Well as normal as a teenage princess can be. Her Grandmere is still driving her up the wall, her mother is still married to her algebra teacher and Mia just wants pass high school algebra and actually figure out her love life.

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Princess in Waiting is the fourth book in the Princess Diaries series, it is also where I figured out the book series actually ended perfectly with Princess in Love.  In Princess in Waiting, I was reminded that Mia is 14 years old with her first actual boyfriend. Not counting the boyfriend, Kenny, from Princess in Love, because Mia doesn’t count him, which isn’t really fair to Kenny, but that’s Mia.

Princess in Waiting is also the first audio book that is not narrated by Anne Hathaway and I missed her doing Mia, because she is Mia! This isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy the new narrator, I was just not used to her and if you aren’t aware, I do like predictability.

There was also nothing wrong with the fourth book in the series, it just did not excite me. I wanted to shake Mia, because Cabot nailed the 14 year old girl so well, and I want to shake most of them.

I will also be happily continuing on with the series, because I do enjoy it, even when I want to shake Mia because she doesn’t tell people how she feels. Even though that is hypocritical because I don’t always do that myself.

 

The Princess Diaries: 3 stars | Princess in the Spotlight: 4 stars | Princess in Love: 3 stars| Princess in Waiting: 2 stars