Mia becomes heir to the Genovian throne - apparently she really is a princess. Mia begins taking princess lessons and has to be followed everywhere by a bodyguard. But if you think she's moving to Genovia, think again!
I’m pretty sure everyone knows of The Princess Diaries (the movie), or if you don’t know it you have at least heard of it. If you have’t heard of it, then what rock have you been living under? Anyway, this is the book which the movie with Anne Hathaway and Julie Garland, was based off of.
I absolutely love The Princess Diaries movie, and my friend Nicky has been saying how much more I would love the books, and since she brought them back to uni I thought I would finally read it.
So I read it… and yeah it wasn’t that great. I did like some parts of the book and found it to be pretty damn funny, but I think it was a bit boring for the majority of the book. I feel like there was too much time spent on certain information that I just personally didn’t find interesting. It took me so long to read it, considering it’s not even 250 pages long. Also I read 3 books and 2 novellas while reading this book since it just wasn’t catching my attention.
Another problem was because I saw the movie first I was imagining the characters all wrong since book Mia has short blonde hair and movie Mia has long dark brown hair. So that’s pretty confusing. I still imagine Anne Hathaway as the princess; it was just annoying when I would have to mentally change the word blonde to brown while I was reading it.
At first I really didn’t enjoy the diary aspect of it, but about half way through it started to grow on me, which is a good thing, considering the whole book is told in diary form. I also really liked the emails and text messages which broke up all of that writing.
I can totally relate to Mia and how to reacts to everything. I’m sure most people reading it could relate to her as well because she’s just a normal teenage girl who happens to be a Princess. And man I loved Michael! I thought their friendship was really nice and from what my friend has been telling me, I think I’m going to like the other books much more. So I will be reading at least the second book… just not any time soon.
One more thing. A few of my friends read this book when they were in primary school, so like aged 10+ and I really do not think this book is appropriate for anyone younger than 13. The subject matter it covers is just very sexualised and even though young readers who would read it probably wouldn’t understand what they are actually reading about, I still don’t think it’s appropriate. I really think books should have some sort of age classification on them or something, because you wouldn’t think it would be inappropriate based from the movie, or even the blurb on the back. Anyway, that’s all I had to say about that.
Book: 6.5/10 (see my rating scale)
Format: Paperback, 229 pages
Publisher: MacMillan’s Children’s Books.
Favourite Quote: “I didn’t know what I was supposed to say about that, so I just said, "Wow” (I swear this describes me perfectly)
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