The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

12 Dec


Cabot, Meg. The Princess Diaries. Listening Library, 2001. 5 hr and 54 min (5 discs). ISBN 978-0-307-24326-3

Plot Summary:

Emilia, who strictly goes by Mia, lives with her mother and her cat in New York City. Her parents are not married, they fell in love at a young age and it didn’t work out in the end. Mia talks to her father through phone, and he visits from time to time. She believes he is an European politician. Mia is a very clumsy, klutzy girl who has no fashion sense or style and her best friend is Lilly Moscovitz. Life is pretty normal, until Mia’s father pays her a visit and drops the bomb of all bombs on her head and tells her that he is the Prince of Genovia. Therefore, since Mia is his only child, she is the crown princess of Genovia. That’s a lot to take in. Mia immediately decides she doesn’t want the job, but her Grandmere “talks” her into it and now she is a princess in training. And a lot of training it is going to take. This is only the beginning of her troubles. Her mom is dating her math teacher, she gets into a fight with Lilly, and paparazzi show up at her school. Could it get any worst?

Critical Evaluation:

This is a delightful story that you won’t be able to help but sympathize with Mia and her unfortunate situation. This book is read by Ann Hathaway, who played Mia in the movie Princess Diaries. Hathaway does a fantastic job reading for the audio book, and having her read the story helps bring Mia’s character to life, almost as if you were watching the movie. If you have already seen the movie, her role is easy to picture as she reads the book for you, voice acting the parts to give you an entertainment that is on par with the movie. Hathaway plays the distraught and lovable Mia splendidly. Mia, as a character, is easy to relate to and a very believable character who just wants to be a normal girl with a normal life. I can only imagine what it would be like to suddenly be a princess, and I imagine it would be pretty hard to handle and cope with. Teen girls will love this story read by Hathaway, and they can compare the novel with the movie.

Reader’s Annotation:

She just found that she was the crown princess of Genovia. And all she wanted was to be a normal girl.


Meg Cabot is a number one New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and children. She was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana. She had lived in Grenoble, France and Carmel, California before she moved to New York City and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Indiana University. After working for ten years as an assistant residence hall director at New York University, she wrote the Princess Diaries series. It was made into two separate movies by Disney, sold over 16 million copies, and has been translated into 38 languages.

She wrote the 1-800-Where-R-You? series. She also wrote numerous other award-winning, best-selling stand-alone books and series, and several books told entirely in emails and text messages. Her newest series includes Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls, Airhead, and Abandon.


Chick Lit

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Booktalking Ideas:

Everything was just fine and normal, until her dad sprung the new on her.

Every girl dreams of being a princess.

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Why I included this book:

I didn’t have any chick lit, so I asked around and several people pointed out this book, and then I saw it on the chick lit presentation and they said the audio was good because Ann Hathaway did the reading. I have to agree it was good.

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Posted by on December 12, 2011 in LIBR 265-10 Database Project/Blog


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