Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries
By Meg Cabot
Harper Avon, 2000. 238 pgs. Young Adult

Mia Thermopolis has enough to worry about: she's flunking algebra, her mom just started dating her algebra teacher, and she can't get Josh Richter to notice her. But when her father tells her that she is, in fact, the Princess of Genovia, it seems that her problems are just beginning. Now she must endure "princess lessons" with her grandmother, including a makeover, all while trying to remain inconspicuous and trying to have a normal teen life.

Written in journal entries, Mia's personality comes through as funny and engaging and is generally a solid character who is easy to like. The only thing that was a bit irritating was Mia's outright resistance to becoming a princess. I wish the author had made more of an effort to give understandable reasons for Mia's distress at the situation. Still, the entertaining plot and humorous commentary will keep you turning pages. This is a clean book, but I would still recommend it for older teens as some of Mia's worries involve more "mature" things. If in doubt, parents, read it first.


1 comment:

Liz said...

I'm not usually a fan of YA fiction but this one is clever, entertaining and relatable through all the ups and downs of teenage life. (Don't we all secretly wish our long-lost grandmother would swoop in and turn your life upside down, announcing that you're a princess?!) Cabot is one of my favorite authors and in these books the journal entry style of prose is easy to get into and makes it a quick and satisfying read. The series is definitely better than the movies, giving more details into Mia's inner thoughts and the process of becoming the Princess of Genovia.