Publication Date: June 26, 2001
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Series: The Princess Diaries, Book One
Pages: 283 pages
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 had heard good things about this series but had fairly low expectations going into it. When I saw that Anne Hathaway narrated the audiobook available on Scribd, I knew I needed to listen to it right away. She did a fantastic job as a narrator! This story is hilarious and so cute, it definitely filled my need for a cutesy contemporary read! I was aboard the train of people who had seen the Disney movie with Anne Hathaway in it but had never read the book. In fact, until about a year ago, I didn’t even know it was based on a book series.
The plot was fantastic. The story flowed well. It was a wise choice to narrate the story through Mia’s diary entries. Mia’s voice and personality show through in her entries perfectly. On top of that, you don’t lose anything from the other characters in this format. Meg Cabot did a wonderful job of showing you who the other characters are and what they’re like through Mia’s eyes.
This book doesn’t cover as much time as I would have thought. This book is only about the first third, maybe half of the movie. However, that doesn’t mean that nothing happens in this book. Plenty of things happen, and of course, there’s a little more flesh to the events that happened in the movie. I didn’t want to stop listening to this book, so I imagine it’s just as difficult to put down in physical form! Mia has a great voice, she is humorous, insightful, and very well written; which makes you want to keep going through the story.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this if you like young adult contemporaries. I would also recommend it if you liked the movie. A little disclaimer and warning, however, it is very different from the movie. Mia is a lot younger, and there are some other aspects that are different. I might actually make a post about this soon, so keep an eye out for that if you’re interested in more of the changes from book to movie.