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The Princess Diaries #2

Princess in the Spotlight

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No one ever said being a princess was easy.

Just when Mia thought she had the whole princess thing under control, things get out of hand, fast. First, there's an unexpected announcement from her mother. Then Grandmère arranges a national primetime interview for the brand-new crown princess of Genovia. On top of that, intriguing, exasperating letters from a secret admirer begin to arrive.

Before she even has the chance to wonder who those letters are from, Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue the likes of which haven't been seen since volume I of The Princess Diaries.

257 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published June 26, 2001

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Meg Cabot

209 books33.9k followers
Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flunked freshman Algebra twice, then decided to cut her own bangs. After six years as an undergrad at Indiana University, Meg moved to New York City (in the middle of a sanitation worker strike) to pursue a career as an illustrator, at which she failed miserably, forcing her to turn to her favorite hobby--writing novels--for emotional succor. She worked various jobs to pay the rent, including a decade-long stint as the assistant manager of a 700 bed freshmen dormitory at NYU, a position she still occasionally misses.

She is now the author of nearly fifty books for both adults and teens, selling fifteen million copies worldwide, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers, most notably The Princess Diaries series, which is currently being published in over 38 countries, and was made into two hit movies by Disney. In addition, Meg wrote the Mediator and 1-800-Where-R-You? series (on which the television series, Missing, was based), two All-American Girl books, Teen Idol, Avalon High, How to Be Popular, Pants on Fire, Jinx, a series of novels written entirely in email format (Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl, and Every Boy's Got One), a mystery series (Size 12 Is Not Fat/ Size 14 Is Not Fat Either/Big Boned), and a chick-lit series called Queen of Babble.

Meg is now writing a new children's series called Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls. Her new paranormal series, Abandon, debuts in Summer of 2011.

Meg currently divides her time between Key West, Indiana, and New York City with a primary cat (one-eyed Henrietta), various back-up cats, and her husband, who doesn't know he married a fire horse. Please don't tell him.

* Airhead
* The Princess Diaries
* Mediator

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1,869 reviews54.5k followers
July 17, 2018

I mean, honestly. These books:
- are the literary equivalent of a warm cinnamon roll (speaking of which: I'm going to go microwave a cinnamon roll so let's make this review quick, yeah?)
- take literally like 45 minutes to read
- are nostalgic af
- surprisingly, are pretty inoffensive for the early 2000s
- contain a romance you kinda root for??? And it's a slow burner! Hurray.

Bottom line: THIS REREAD WILL CONTINUE. Hard to say whether current me or 12 year old me is more thrilled about it.
Profile Image for Jessica.
265 reviews3,538 followers
June 10, 2015
4.5 stars *reread
These books FLY by.. I JUST started this book and I feel like I haven't spent hardly any time reading it! While I still loved this book, I don't think it's AS good as the first, and I think it's closer to 4.5 stars.
Mia finally starts having to do more public Princess things like her big interview (man could you IMAGINE? I would have passed out probably..). In the first book she goes through a huge change finding out about being a princess.. this book has some really big changes too. More with her mom and (sort of) love life though!
Definitely a fun book and I'm looking forward to rereading the next one!

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675 reviews532 followers
August 7, 2015
I simply adore these books. This one was equally as adorable as the first and I'm excited to get to the next one! I love Mia because she feels authentic to me - confused, unassuming and of course surprisingly intuitive. I really like how adults are portrayed in this series. They are in extraordinary circumstances but they are very real and flawed. I really can't say anything bad. Loved it all around! :)
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540 reviews48 followers
August 29, 2016
I still am not behind Mia and Lilly's friendship 100%. Also, I never realized how short a span these books cover. This one takes place only a month after Mia learns she's a princess. And she is still bemoaning her flat chestedness and height of 5'9. Come on, kiddo. It'll be okay.
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1,235 reviews445 followers
December 31, 2015
Wow, every time I re-read a Princess Diaries book, I just fall more and more in love with Mia. In A Royal Disaster, Mia has now come to terms with the fact that she is the sole heir to the Genovian throne, and is having daily princess lessons with her Grandmere to prepare for the upcoming visit to Genovia in December. She's also come to terms with her mother dating her algebra teacher, Mr Gianini. However, her mother being pregnant, and engaged, is a whole other thing entirely. On top of all this. Grandmere is forcing Mia to do a TV interview, during which Mia spills the beans on the whole Mr G and her mam situation. Next thing we know, there's a royal wedding being planned for Helen and Mr G, and Mia feels guilty for it all.

As with The Princess Diaries, family is really important in A Royal Disaster. Mia and Helen are as close as ever, and I love seeing Mr G become a part of their family. Grandmere is still Grandmere, but we know she's sort of doing everything because she cares about Mia, sort of. Philippe is still scared of his mother, and chasing every woman in sight, but he steps up in this book. When Helen and Mr G want to stop the wedding from becoming an absolute farce, Philippe tries his best to stop his mother going crazy - try being the optimum word. Mia's interactions with all of her family members, including her maternal grandparents who've flown in for the wedding, were lovely to see. You can always tell that family is important to Mia, and that she wants to be able to please them all, even if that bothers her at times - like with the TV interview.

Family is not the only thing happening here, though. Mia is also crushing on her best friend Lilly's brother, Michael, and can not stop thinking about him. When she starts to get letters and IMs from a mysterious JoCrox, she thinks it might be him, and that makes the crush even harder to ignore. Honestly, I couldn't remember who JoCrox was from reading the books all those years ago, and even I was wishing it was Michael. When it was revealed, I remembered just before then, and I can now start to remember some of the events from subsequent books. I can't wait to dive into Princess in the Middle right now!

The Princess Diaries series is just one of those series that you can't help but love. From reading the books more than 10 years ago til now, I fall even more in love with Mia. She is just one of those protagonists that you want to be real so much, and want to be best friends with. She is loyal and loving, and each book with her in is just wonderfully funny, and witty, and just plain cute. I'm completely overjoyed that these books have been re-released for the 15th anniversary of the series, and wish that a new generation of readers fall in love with Princess Mia!
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Author 2 books2,202 followers
February 28, 2016
A Mia continua sendo uma personagem maravilhosa e tô amando acompanhá-la novamente! O proximo livro da série eu nunca li, então daqui pra frente só surpresas. Tô super empolgada!
Profile Image for Avada Kaddavra.
319 reviews55 followers
March 24, 2021
Kommt leider nicht ansatzweise an den ersten Teil ran, ist aber trotzdem sehr süß😊
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13 reviews2 followers
April 1, 2008
This i very interesting book. I realy love M.C. books. I think she's very, very clever and modern. I realy like that Mia is a feminist;)
I luve Princess Diaries;)
March 25, 2021
I don't dig the friendship between Lilly and Mia. They call themselves bffs and they hide so much from each other. I get how Mia judges everybody on basis of looks since she is in a teenage phase where looks matter, and puberty is way too annoying. But I also know that bffs are the world to you. Specially when it comes to first kisses or your mom getting married to ur algebra teacher. So idk why the friendship wasn't developed better.
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19 reviews19 followers
October 29, 2007
I've never liked the movies, but at least they cut out most of the unnecessary junk that fills these books. Are boyfriends and kissing really the most important things on the mind of the average 15-year-old girl?
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147 reviews168 followers
December 27, 2020
3.25 stars.

Honestly, there's not much else I can add to this that I didn't say in my review for the first book. I don't think anything can truly top my love for the first book, where it all really starts, but this book is not far behind. Princess in the Spotlight is still just as well-written, still super cute, and I love the nostalgia that comes with it. I find it amazing that these books have passed the testament of time for me and are still just as enjoyable. Not only that but the audiobook, narrated by Anne Hathaway is freaking amazing. She brings such life and character into Mia (which is no easy feat, because her diary is already very colorful and full of character!) that it was an absolute joy to listen to. I finished it in a day, and I was trying to savor it because she only narrated the first three!

Once again, a huge sucker for the slow-burn soft cute romance where both of them are idiots and really like each other but are also oblivious.

Truly a fun, lighthearted, yet somehow also heartwarming read. 10/10 would recommend.


Also cute. Also need to properly review but I'm busy finishing up The Autobiography of Malcolm X so I don't have any books I'm in the middle of for next year.

Yes I'm also already listening to (and am halfway done with) the audiobook for the third book.

Just know this book is adorable, it's cute, Anne Hathaway is amazing as the narrator, and it's just soft and cozy and such a fun read.

3.25 stars.

Proper review to come.
Profile Image for Brooke ♥booklife4life♥.
1,047 reviews88 followers
December 1, 2015
At A Glance

Young Adult; Chick lit; Romance
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: Slight Triangle.
Cliff Hanger: nope.
Rating: 4 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 8
Characters: 8
World Building: 7
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: 9
Writing: 8
Ending: 8

Total: 8

In Dept

Best Part:
Mia's interview had me laughing!
Worst Part: I feel bad for Kenny
Thoughts Had: Oh no, that's gonna end badly; Yep, i was right; Poor Kenny!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes

Short Review: Lily is still my favorite. Mia should have seen it was kenny, you badly give him mixed signals all day every day it seems. The interview was so funny, i laughed a lot in this book. I keep imaging Julia Andrews with drawn on eyebrows!

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Profile Image for Jennifer Girard.
1,233 reviews61 followers
April 15, 2017
This series is so fun to listen to! I love that it's Anne Hathaway who does the narration. Mia is a very funny character and even if her reactions are too much I care about her. I'm glad I'm enjoying it even if it's so different than the movies.
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1,111 reviews152 followers
May 26, 2020
3.5 - I enjoyed rereading this even more than the first book! I had completely forgotten the plot of book 2 and ended up gasping out loud on page 1. These are just such quick, fun reads. It's great to be reminded of why I loved them so much back in the day.
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860 reviews197 followers
July 2, 2016
I simply adore this series <3 I would love to have Mia as a friend ^^
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324 reviews96 followers
February 28, 2021
I bought the whole series as a Kindle set so I guess we're doing this.
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1,060 reviews16 followers
April 8, 2020
Still enjoyed this one but the pop culture references have not held well. I can only imagine Helen Thermopolis's reaction to hearing that Grandmere invited Orange Turd to her wedding today. Also, unrealistic that Orange Turd would actually let Martha Stewart talk or even be talking to her when there were super models in the room. Also, given that this book was written around the time of the great bus incident it's even more creepy.

To see full binge review of books 1-3 click here.

This is weird. I’d almost classify Princess in the Spotlight as a bridge book, but it’s not. There are some important things that happen in this book that make its existence needed.

Mainly, the fact that Mia’s mom gets knocked up and ends up marrying Mr. G (it’s not that much of a spoiler since Mia’s mom is puking in the first couple of pages of the book and we all know that Mr. G is going to do the honorable thing…).

What is also interesting about this particular plot, is reading and reflecting upon it now makes me realize how Grandmere-zilla Grandmere is going to be at Mia’s wedding.

I wonder if Vigo will make an appearance.

And if she’ll want John Tesh to provide the music again.

For Mia’s sake I hope she has gotten over her fear of drinking foreign water and elopes…

Digressing aside, I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. While I did initially enjoy it (a lot), when I was planning the reread, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much.

I was wrong.

That being said, Princess in the Spotlight wasn’t a perfect book. There were some things I just wanted to shake Mia for.

Mainly, her love life.

It was very obvious Kenny was the one behind the secret notes, but once again I think this is an age thing more than anything else.

Some of the jokes in this installment have also gone a little stale with the passage of time-but that’s a given for about every book in the series.

A good reflection point,I think, in this book is Lilly and Boris’s relationship. It’s obvious that they are having problems at this point and this is only book two? They’re together I think until at least book five. It’s sad I sort of rooted in a weirdo way for Lilly and Hank. I can’t remember if we ever see him again…I want to say yes, but I think it was just a brief cameo.

Anyway, this one’s a lot of fun but not as pitch perfect as the original.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Cande.
1,040 reviews181 followers
July 3, 2016
Reading challenge 2016: #26 A book and its sequel (2/2)

I know this series isn't the best. It's kind of ridiculous and it's full of cliches. But the last book was fun. I don't know why this book bothered me so much. Maybe it wasn't the moment for this kind of story. Or maybe this second part was worse.

It's full of racism and misogyny.

*The protagonist thinks that Koreans can be racist to white people (spoiler: no, people of color can't be racist to their oppressors)

*They mention Donald Trump. No. They invited Donald Trump to I can't process this right now.

*Mia and her grandmother (well, actually both of her grandmothers) want to decide for . What the heck? Yes, women can make decisions. Especially with their own bodies. It isn't one's business. I don't know why is so hard to understand. All Mia attitude, that she knows better than , is exhausting. She is adult, idiot Mia. You don't have any idea. And even if you have, it isn't your decision. Bye.

*Mia says that you can't have kids without marry. Because you know, how bad would you feel the rest of your life then? Ok, seriously? That's ridiculous. Especially when Mia mentions this talking about teen moms. Please, this so hilarious. When this book was written? 1920?

There are some characters that are portray like feminist. Please, don't believe this bullshit. The author doesn't have idea what she is talking about. The worst part, she even doesn't care.

Oh Zeus, I don't know if I would read the next one now.

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862 reviews104 followers
July 16, 2020
Typical Meg Cabot fashion. Silly and cute

Ok I need to remind myself the plot in the books actually drifted away from the movie. Here Mia's mother is having her Algebra teacher's baby. And her royal and nosy grandma is planning a wedding for her mum. WTF I don't know why Mia's grandma thinking Mia's mum getting married is her business. Mia have a secret admirer that been sending her letters and Mia continue crushing on Michael
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3,516 reviews618 followers
June 25, 2018
I thought this one was better than #1. A secret admirer in the wings is a great hook as is a baby on the way and wedding planning. Again Anne is the frosting on the cake.
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745 reviews142 followers
March 13, 2020
I've wanted to read this for ages. Maybe if I had gotten my hands on it when I was younger I would have enjoyed it more. But as a 0 year old woman I found it mostly cringe-y.
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