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Thursday, April 02, 2009

6th Grade Entry - The Princess Diaries

6th graders at WOMS have been invited to post guest entries on my blog for YA books they’ve recently read. This is Sydney’s entry. Thanks, Sydney!

The Princess Diaries
By Meg Cabot
HarperCollins Publishers, 228 pages

Mia Thermopolis thinks she is just an average high school girl who no one seems to notice. But then her father gets cancer that makes him unable to have any more children. This forces Mia’s parents to tell her the truth about who she really is… a princess. You think a girl would be happy about being a princess but not Mia. This is her worst nightmare coming true. It seems that all at once everything in her life is going wrong. She is going to have to run her own country, her mom is dating her algebra teacher, her best friend hates her, and that’s just the start of her problems. One of the worst things to being a princess is the princess lessons her grandma gives her. Mia’s grandma is a mean, snotty woman who doesn’t like Mia any more than Mia likes her. For Mia being a princess is only making her life harder.
Mia Thermopolis is sure there is nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who is flunking algebra. But then her parents play the princess card and she feels even more overwhelmed. Mia’s plan was to join Greenpeace and move to Iceland, not run a country. When her grandma gives her a complete makeover she doesn’t feel like herself anymore. Then when the news gets out about her being heir to the throne she’s always being harassed by reporters and gets no privacy. People like Lana Weinberger and Josh Richter who use to make fun of her are now acting like her best friend and causes Mia to be confused about who her real friends are. Poor Mia, her life is going out of control and there is nothing she can do about it.
I thought this was a fantastic book written by Meg Cabot. The way the author writes the book is like you are reading Mia’s diary. You truly do feel like you are reading a high school girl’s journal. You get to feel like you truly know Mia. When I read this book you feel like you are really there watching this story happen. As you get farther and farther into the book you feel even more attached to this wonderful book. I can’t wait to read the second book, Princess in the Spotlight.
I would recommend this book mostly to girls. I say this because the book is written from a young girl’s perspective and boys would probably not enjoy this as much as some girls would. I highly recommend this book for someone who wants to read about what becoming a princess might really be like. I think this book would be good for girls in middle school and up.

Sydney T.

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