Thursday, February 16, 2017

Review: The Princess Diaries

Title: The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Turtleback
Year published: 2000
How I got this book: Borrowed it from my local library
My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom...

NEWS FLASH: Dad is a prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo meets her at the airport!)

DOWNER: Dad can't have any more kids. (So there's no heir to the throne.)

SHOCK OF THE CENTURY: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

THE WORST PART: Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmère, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne. 

Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty - no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind.


My thoughts:
It was completely random that I ended up picking up this book from the library. I went there wanting to borrow something, but I didn't know what. The English section isn't that big at my local library, and this was the first book I saw that I might enjoy, and that I didn't own. And so, I brought this, and the sequel, home with me.

I really enjoyed reading this book, and it is super easy to get into. Mia's voice is funny, and it's really entertaining to read what she thinks about different thinks, and how she reacts to what is happening to her. It is clear that this is the mind of a teen-ager, and it brings back memories from when I was Mia's age, and it's really enjoyable.

Another great thing about this, is that it feels like you are reading a personal diary. Cabot has added small details, which make it seem so much more realistic. The fact that Mia writes down her homework, to-do lists and other random lists gives it a much more personal feel. Especially because that's how I would use my diary as well, I would just write down whatever I wanted or needed to remember. 

I am continuing on with this series, but I am not sure if I will read all of the books. I did not know that this series has 11 books, I thought it might have 3 or 4. However, I will continue reading them until I don't find them as entertaining anymore, which means i might read all of them. I just have to wait and see, but I will definitely recommend the first one. It's funny, light-hearted and makes you feel good. 

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