Series: The Princess Diaries #1
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: June, 2001
Source: Local Library
Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there's nothing worse than being a five-foor-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 have been meaning to pick up this series for a long time, and since the first adult novel in the series just came out I figured it would be a great time to start and then just keep reading. The Princess Diaries book, I am happy to say, is nothing like the movie. I am so happy when the book is so much better than the movie and in this case it really is.
Obviously, same premise - Mia is an outcast and suddenly learns she is a princess but a lot of the movies big changes are just that. For instance, Mia's grandmother - kind os a crazy person in the books (at least so far). I really enjoyed reading this one, I flew through it. It is in the format of diary entries and so they are short excerpts of Mia's life and what is happening to her and the world as she learns about her new great responsibility.
She is everything you think she will be in this book - nerdy, quirky, angsty, frustrated - it is every real teenager only this is tenfold because now she is a princess and she hates the thought of it. She just wants to hide and get through high school. I honestly don't blame her.
I already grabbed the next one from the library and will be jumping in soon.