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Isn't it every girls dream to be a princess? Apparently not!
The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
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The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
Advantages: An easy and enjoyable read
Disadvantages: Limited target readers, just for teenage girls really.
I found this book in the children's section of my local library. I picked it up as it is on a BBC 'Top 100 books' list which I am currently making my way through.
ABOUT THE BOOK
This is the first book in 'The Princess Diaries' series. There are ten books in the series in the following order:
1) The Princess Diaries
2) The Princess Diaries Take Two
3) The Princess Diaries Third Time Lucky
4) The Princess Diaries Mia Goes Fourth
5) The Princess Diaries Give Me Five
6) The Princess Diaries Sixsational
7) The Princess Diaries Seventh Heaven
8) The Princess Diaries After Eight
9) The Princess Diaries To The Nines
10) The Princess Diaries Ten of Tens
At least with having the numbers in the titles it should be easy to keep track of which book to read next.
This first book was published in 2001 by Macmillan Children's Books. The R.R.P on this book is £5.99 although it is available on Amazon for £4.49 including delivery.
The book is 230 pages long.
Meg Cabot has published a variety of books for children of all ages. For younger readers there is 'The Alfie Finkle' series, for older readers there are single books and more series' including 'The Heather Wells' series, for those ages in between there are plenty of books and series' to choose from.
The author's website allows fans to discuss the books, view the author's online diary and her latest 'tweets', as well as getting information on upcoming books.
As you may have gathered from the title, the book is set out in the form of a diary. The diary is written by a 14 year old girl named Mia.
Mia wasn't too keen to write a diary and didn't see it as a very "cool" thing to do, but her mother thought it would be a good idea to write down her feelings as she doesn't seem to want to talk to her about them.
Mia's parents split up before she was born, she lives with her mother in Manhattan and starts by expressing her disgust at the thought of her mother choosing to date her algebra teacher instead of one of the other 2 million men in Manhattan.
Mia's dad lives in Genovia, he is recovering from cancer. From the book, here are Mia's thoughts:
'Cancer is a scary thing. Fortunately, the kind of cancer my dad had was pretty curable. They just had to cut off the cancerous part, and then he had to have chemo, and after a year, so far, the cancer hasn't come back.
Unfortunately, the part they had to cut off was...
Ew, I don't even like writing it.
It turns out that when they cut off one of your testicles, and then give you chemo, you have, like, a really strong chance of becoming sterile. Which is what my dad has just found out he is.'
Mia's dad calls and tells her he is coming to visit her to discuss the fact that he can't have any more children. It turns out Mia's parents have been keeping a big secret from her and her dad is actually a Prince. As he can't have any more children this means that Mia is heir to the throne, and overnight becomes Princess Amelia.
Mia is an awkward teenager, she doesn't want to be a princess, just work for Greenpeace and she certainly isn't impressed when her grandmother comes to visit to give her Princess lessons to teach her how to look and act like a princess.
The diary continues to follow Mia's everyday life, trying to hide her news from her friends, falling out with her best friend, her crush on the school hottie, her arguments with her parents and making new friends. All whilst trying not to fail algebra and learning to become a princess.
The book is obviously aimed at teenage girls. I think the fact that it is in diary format with a few notes and lists included makes the book easy to read and would appeal to young readers.
I thought the author did a great job of writing from a teenager's prospective and think most young girls would enjoy it.
Summary: A good book for girls.
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