News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo meets her at the airport!)
Downer: Dad can't have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)
Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.
Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.
Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty--no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what's a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?
2001 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers (ALA), Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL) and 2001 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)...Continua
A girlish book. The diary of Mia.
Mia was that kind of below-average unpopular teen girl, studying at Albert Einstein High School, aged 14 and weak at Maths. Her parents were divorced and she was used to do all the housework.
She was so common and unnoticed by the others, until one day her father told her that she was actually the heir to the throne of Genovia.
All of a sudden, she became a princess. She needed to wear her first formal dress, put on make-ups, learn how to use different forks, that sorts of "princessy things". She also came across a serious break-up with her closest friend Lilly, whom she had known since kindergarten, and went out with her first date, who was the cutest and most popular boy in the school.
A story of growing-up with laughter and tears. Probably will go on to later series.
American style spoken English with quite some slang and vocabularies.
"I got to spend my entire Sunday having the quadratic formula drilled into me by my demented father, who kept rubbing his bald head and screaming in frustration when he found out I don't know how to multiply fractions."
"It's not like I don't appreciate being asked, and all, but I really don't think I can come."...Continua
Finally Mia got what she wanted most – her first boyfriend – in this book. Yet the problem was not solved. She just could not tell which feeling was stronger: the joy that it was Kenny, her biology partner whom she LIKED; or the disappointment that it was not Michael, her best friend’s brother.
Again, life (both school and personal) was not easy for Mia. Aside from not being able to break up with Kenny because it would be so mean to do it before finals, and tell Michael that she had loved him for like her whole life, Mia had to continue her princess lessons for her formal introduction to the Genovian citizens, though the exams were coming up. She also got to choose the dresses designed specifically for her during this royal function as well as the School Winter Dance before Christmas.
What Michael did towards the end had surprised me. It looked so sweet and touching a thing.
Plus, it was always encouraging to see how Mia overcame those difficult times.
"The fact that she seemed to understand - even applaud - my feelings for Michael made me want to fling my arms around her and give her a great big hug."
"If she had stabbed a fork in my stomach and twisted my intestines around the tines like spaghetti, she couldn't have made me feel worse..."
"Faint heart never won fair lady"
"Princesses do not run away when things become difficult. They throw their shoulders back, and they face what disaster awaits them head on. Bravely, and without complaint."...Continua
Still a lot of fun reading the fourth part.
Fully understand how Mia felt towards Michael, sort of worried being dumped though not even going out yet and the whole not-chasing-boy thing.
It turned out that Mia's worry was silly, because Michael was so, so caring and understanding a guy.
I can totally see that I am just another Mia with my 'Michael', who, though not royal, is a prince in my eye/mind.
"I can't believe how much I suck. I am the most horrible person who ever walked on the face of the planet. I should be in jail"
"it is unseemly to gloat over one's own fortunes when the fortunes of another are so exceedingly wretched"
"you look really beautiful... which of course is exactly what a guy who is about to break up with you would say, you know, to kind of bolster your ego before he grinds it beneath his heel"...Continua
In this volume, Mia had been wishing to go with Michael to the school prom in which junior was only allowed if invited by a senior. It was the dream of Mia to be escorted by and dance with her very true love there in a fabulous nightgown. However, Michael treated the prom as a lame thing.
On the other side, a strike was triggered by Grandmere bringing Rommel to Mia's fifteen-year-old birthday dinner at a hotel. This also led to the broke-up of Lilly with Boris, because that was why she later met the hot busboy who got fired by the hotel.
The strike caused the cancellation of the prom at Maxim's, but if not with it, Mia would not be able to get Michael's band playing in the prom, and her being the prom princess at the Empire State Building that night.
On the same night, Mia also became the elder sister of her new born brother Rocky.
"Tina says she will learn to love again, if she can find a man willing to break down the self-defensive emotional wall she has built-up around herself since Dave Farouq El-Abar's betrayal."
"This is what boys say to one another when they see that their friend's heart has just been ripped from his chest and tossed upon the floor?"
"In situations where opposing parties are striving to achieve detente, and yet are failing to reach it, it is always in your best interest to step back and ask yourself what the enemy wants."...Continua
Volume 6. Mia still had a lot of problems in her life:
1. She was nominated by her best friend Lilly to run for the Student Council President against the most popular girl Lana in School.
2. Her importing 10,000 snails for consuming the killer algae had almost make her country-one-day-she-will-rule being kicked out of EU.
3. Her college boyfriend Michael expected her to Do It.
4. Her dream as being a writer was crushed by her new stylish English teacher.
5. She being a baby-licker of her new born brother Rocky.
6. Without Algebra, she was still flunking Geometry.
There were often difficult problems in Mia's life, but seeing as how she possessed bravery, pureness and luck, I always know that everything will turn out to be fine and fruitful.
"I hope she is aware that she is currently holding all my dreams of ever succeeding as a novelist - or at least a hard-hitting international journalist - in her black-nail-polished fingers. I sincerely hope she won't squash them like a bug under Fat Louie's massive paw."
"It may not be very feminist of me, but I love it when he says - or writes - stuff like this. Actually writing is better because then I have actual proof, you know. That he loves me."
"I guess it would sound super dramatic to say that everything else in the hallway seemed to vanish, until it was as if it were only Michael and me alone, standing there, just looking at each other."...Continua