Throwback Thursday- The Princess Diaries

On my thirteenth birthday, I was gifted with Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries, and my love for young adult literature was born.

An assortment of the Princess Diaries series I've collected over the years. Plus, my comfy reading chair in my home library :)
An assortment of the Princess Diaries series I’ve collected over the years. Plus, my comfy reading chair in my home library :)

How can you help but like Mia Thermopolis? She’s quirky, she’s klutzy, she’s awkward… Maybe I’m the only one who finds her relatable. I’m disappointed that Disney altered the storyline so much in the movie version, because the book series is AWESOME!

Meg Cabot is a brilliant writer, and through the character of an accidental princess tackles real life issues- first loves, jealous friends, parents dating, school drama, friends growing apart, first sexual experiences, pressure to succeed, self-image issues, and more.

Written in diary format, I love the chance to get into Mia’s head as she feels ALL THE FEELS! Not only is she a teen with typical teenager angst and embarrassing moments, she’s also a princess enduring princess lessons from an evil Grand’Mere. She gets into all sorts of mischief and awkward situations, and it is entertaining to read how she handles each circumstance with humor, sass, and self deprecation.

There is so much laughter, and so much character development over the course of the series. While I started the books the day I turned a teenager, I kept reading each subsequent installment right up through college. Whatever your age, you will enjoy this series.

What? A princess??
Me??? Yeah, right.
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?


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2 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday- The Princess Diaries

  1. I’ve been wanting to read these since they came out, but I still haven’t! Ugh. It angers me that I still haven’t read them, but they are on my TBR list. I just want to find them all in hardcover first.

    1. I would highly recommend checking out your local thrift store! I’m not sure if the Goodwill in your area follows the same policies, but our local Goodwill offers 50 percent off on major holidays! I snap up TONS of great books for an average of 50 or 75 cents a pop this way! You’d be surprised at the awesome titles you’ll find on their shelves… and at a fraction of the price of major box stores, or even independdent used book shops! Or even Amazon, because you don’t have to pay for shipping! I suggest enlisting some friends and making it an adventure! :) Good luck on your quest, because they are a FABULOUS read!

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