Review: The Princess Diaries

Title: The Princess Diaries #1
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: October 13, 2009
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed from library

Goodreads Summary:
What? A princess??

Me??? Yeah, right.

Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there's nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra.

Is she ever in for a surprise.

First Mom announces that she's dating Mia's Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn't have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance?

My thoughts:
I've watched The Princess Diaries movie more times than I can count. I think it's an adorable movie, and my daughter and I love it. My daughter wanted to read the books as well, but first I wanted to check it out to make sure if was suitable for a nine-year-old. Because we all know that books to movies are rarely the same.

I did like the book. True to it's title, it is in the form of a diary. I enjoyed getting Mia's thoughts on what was happening in her life. It was very entertaining and humorous. And I think girls around the age of thirteen would really enjoy it. However I think my girl is still a little too young. There's nothing really too bad about it, it just has some older themes to it, such as kissing and drinking. A little heavy for my daughter right now.

Also this book is different from the movie. For starters. Where's Joe? I like Joe. I was disappointed he wasn't in the book.

Also Mia had blondish hair in the book, whereas in the movie she's a brunette. But I love Anne Hathoway, so they're forgiven.

Also the book takes place in New York, while the film takes place in San Francisco. Why change locations?

And there's Clarice. In the movie she's stern but lovable. In the book she's stern but I'm not sure she's capable of love. At least not in the first book.

And for the biggest difference of all: In the movie Mia's dad is dead. In this book, he's very much alive and in her life. I have no idea why they left him out of the movie. 

I still love the movie and book, but separately. The movie is an okay adaptation of the book. I love the casting in the movie and the story line is basically the same: girl finds out she's the princess and has a hard time with it. I think the movie is suitable for most audiences, while the book I would be suited more toward the preteen-teen age girls or boys.