by Meg Cabot
First book of 10 in a series
For Grades 6-9
Reviewed by Maya, grade 7
Amelia – or Mia – Thermopolis is an almost normal ninth-grade girl who has only just begun high school and is already flunking Algebra. Her father lives in a small country called Genovia, but one day he calls – sounding weird – saying he wants to talk to Mia’s mom. As it turns out, he called to tell Mia’s mother that Mia is now the princess of Genovia and will have many royal duties as soon as she’s old enough. Mia thinks, great! Now I’m a 5’9”, flat-chested PRINCESS!!!!! And things got even worse; Mia’s mother started dating her Algebra teacher. Mia is worried that she will be labeled as a freak, and so she doesn’t tell anyone that she is a princess, and then the story takes off.
I thought that this novel was wonderful, with great suspense, an interesting writing style, and amazing character development. Mia starts out as an unsure and interesting girl with few friends, but ends the story with a positive attitude – though she still doesn’t express her feelings very much – and more friends and companions than before. This novel was a very funny story that made me laugh while I read it during class. It was a comedic story that made me smile and want more. I would recommend this book – and book series – to anyone who enjoys fictional stories about learning who you are and growing up.
This novel has a pink cover with a lock, like a diary. The title is presented in an interesting way, with The Princess in a faded pink font and diaries in white on top. It is the first book in a 10-book series, and I was so intrigued by this book that I went on to read all ten books. I would give this book a 5 out of 5.