Book Review: The Princess Diaries (Meg Cabot)

Princess diaries

PlotMia 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?

Rating: 7.5/10

Let me just say: I absolutely love the film adaption of this book. It is so much fun and Anne Hathaway is much more likeable in here than she ever was in anything else. I’ve never read the book before, so I thought it would be really nice to see how it stacked up in the eternal movie vs book debate.

Well, both are really good even though they have numerous differences. Firstly, Mia’s father is alive in the book, so the reason of informing her that she is an heiress has nothing to do with his death and only with his incapability of procreating again after testicular cancer. Her grandmother is not as cool or queenly as Julie Andrews is and Mia’s hair is blonde, not brown. I can live with all these changes in the movie because it makes her story seem a little more plausible and I think the blonde hair in the book doesn’t really suit the awkward character.  But, the essence of Mia’s character is maintained excellently in the film, because she is in the book the most awkward, shy and socially disabled teenager you can ever come across. I thought the book is well written in a diary format and gives you such an entertaining view of the thoughts of a teenage girl. I really liked it and it is a quick and easy read. It is definitely not for everyone, but I had such an entertaining time with it!

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Princess Diaries (Meg Cabot)

  1. Great work friend! I don’t know if I will ever get around to reading this, but I really enjoyed this movie growing up 😀 It was much fun!

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