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