Title: The Princess Diaries Series
Author: Meg Cabot
I thought I'd start my reviewing with a fiver, and here it is, by the critically acclaimed (at least by me) author, who's books such as this one have either been made into movies, have been optioned, or are in the process of being optioned, Meg Cabot!
Our heroine, Mia Thermopolis, is an average student at Albert Einstein High in New York, along with her best friend, Lilly Moscovitz, whose brother Mia is secretly crazy about (Michael).
At least, she WAS normal. But then, her dad comes to visit. He takes her to tea, and breaks the news to her that- tada!- she's the royal Princess of Genovia! Which she doesn't take well- she hiccups like crazy and runs to the bathroom to write in her journal, which is the format of this book. So she has to come to the hotel they had tea at every weekday, where her grandmother called Grandmere is staying, for "princess lessons." Grandmere is definitely NOT the agreeable, polite and regal woman portrayed in the movie. She actually smokes these insanely strong cigarettes, drinks a ton of these drinks called Sidecars a day, and has tattooed on eyebrows, as well as a bad attitude. But she's hilarious, like the rest of this book. Mia's friend, Lilly, is the daughter of two psychiatrists and is constantly psychoanalyzing her. She has a public access show called "Lilli Tells It Like It Is," which Mia directs. Another thing in Mia's crazy life: her mom's dating her algebra teacher! The authors writes like she actually had this happen to her, and I was always laughing. And it definitely has random twists and turns- a five star if there ever was one!
Princess Diaries; Princess In the Spotlight; Princess In Love; Princess in Waiting; Princess in Pink; Princess in Training; Party Princess; Princess On the Brink; Princess Mia; Forever Princess. Additional Books (In-Betweens and Extras): Project Princess; Princess Present; Sweet Sixteen Princess; Princess Lessons; Perfect Princess; and Holiday Princess. That should keep you busy for a while. :D