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  Meg Cabot

  The Princess Diaries, Volume II

  Princess in the Spotlight

  Dedication

  For my grandparents,

  Bruce and Patsy Mounsey,

  who are nothing like any

  of the grandparents in this book.

  Epigraph

  When things are horrible—just horrible—

  I think as hard as ever I can of being a princess.

  I say to myself,

  “I am a princess.”

  You don’t know how it makes you forget.

  A LITTLE PRINCESS

  Frances Hodgson Burnett

  Contents

  Title Page

  Dedication

  Epigraph

  Monday, October 20, 8 a.m.

  Okay. So I was just in the kitchen, eating cereal,…

  Monday, October 20, Homeroom

  I am really trying to take this calmly, you know?

  Monday, October 20, Still Homeroom

  And what about that? Why weren’t she and Mr. Gianini…

  Monday, October 20, Algebra

  I can’t believe this. I really can’t believe this.

  Monday, October 20, English

  Great. Just great.

  Monday, October 20, Lunch

  Okay, Lilly knows.

  Monday, October 20, G & T

  And what about that, anyway? How many dates has my…

  Still Monday, October 20, Still G & T

  Lilly caught me looking up stuff about pregnancy on the…

  Monday, October 20, After school

  Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, suddenly, they did.

  Later on Monday

  Just got off the phone with Grandmère. She wanted to…

  Monday, October 20, 11 p.m.

  Some surprise that was.

  Still later on Monday

  My mom came in. I thought Mr. G had left, so…

  Tuesday, October 21, 1 a.m.

  Hey, I thought my mom was a feminist who didn’t believe…

  Tuesday, October 21, 2 a.m.

  Oh, my God. I just realized that if my mom…

  Tuesday, October 21, 9 a.m.

  When I woke up this morning, my throat hurt so…

  Later on Tuesday

  My mom stayed home from the studio today.

  Even later on Tuesday

  Lilly just stopped by. She brought me all of my…

  Wednesday, October 22

  This morning my mom called my dad where he’s staying…

  Thursday, October 23

  Oh, my God. Something so exciting just happened, I can…

  Later on Thursday

  This afternoon while I was lying around with icepacks under…

  Even later on Thursday

  After dinner I felt well enough to get out of…

  Friday, October 24, Algebra

  I AM BETTER!!!!!

  Friday, October 24, World Civ

  LIST FIVE BASIC TYPES OF GOVERNMENT

  Friday, October 24, G & T

  It turns out that since I’ve been gone, Boris has…

  Later on Friday

  Talk about embarrassing! Principal Gupta somehow found out about my…

  Even later on Friday

  What am I supposed to do about this stupid English…

  Saturday, October 25, 2 p.m., Grandmère’s suite

  I am sitting here waiting for my interview. In addition…

  Saturday, October 25, 7 p.m., on the way to Lilly’s house

  Oh, God, oh, God, oh, God, oh, God, oh, God,…

  Sunday, October 26, 2 a.m., Lilly’s bedroom

  Okay, I just have one question: Why does it always…

  Sunday, October 26, 7 p.m.

  I was really afraid that when I got home my…

  Sunday, October 26, 8 p.m.

  You will not believe what got delivered to our house…

  Sunday, October 26, 9 p.m.

  Another e-mail from Jo-C-rox!

  Monday, October 27, G & T

  Unfortunately, it appears that Lilly is not the only one…

  Monday, October 27, Bio

  Mrs. Sing, our Biology teacher, says it is physiologically impossible to…

  Monday, October 27, After school

  I never thought I would say this, but I am…

  Monday, October 27, Later

  I figured as soon as I got home, I would…

  Tuesday, October 28, Principal Gupta’s office

  Oh, God! No sooner had I set foot in Homeroom…

  Tuesday, October 28, Algebra

  Principal Gupta is way concerned about my mental health.

  Tuesday, October 28, G & T

  Well, Mrs. Hill didn’t get fired.

  Tuesday, October 28, Bio

  I am winning friends and influencing people everywhere I go…

  Tuesday, October 28, 6 p.m., On the way back to the loft from Grandmère’s

  What with all the backlash about my interview on TwentyFour/Seven,…

  Tuesday, October 28, 10 p.m., The loft

  Well, it happened. The impending disaster is now officially a…

  Tuesday, October 28, 11 p.m.

  Another e-mail from Jo-C-rox!

  Wednesday, October 29, English

  Well, one thing is for sure:

  Wednesday, October 29, G & T

  I don’t believe this. I really don’t.

  Wednesday, October 29, World Civ

  Still no sign of them.

  Wednesday, October 29, Bio

  Still nothing.

  Wednesday, October 29, Algebra Review

  Lars says he thinks it would be precipitous at this…

  Wednesday, October 29, 7 p.m.

  It’s all right. They’re safe.

  Wednesday, October 29, 10 p.m.

  Okay, so I was just casually flipping through the channels,…

  Thursday, October 30, English

  Hank didn’t come to school with me today. He called…

  Thursday, October 30, World Civ

  THINGS TO DO BEFORE MR. G. MOVES IN

  Thursday, October 30, G & T

  I don’t believe this.

  Thursday, October 30, 7 p.m., Limo back to the loft

  Another huge shock. If my life continues along this roller-coaster…

  More Thursday, October 30, 9 p.m.

  Well, Mr. Gianini is all moved in. I have already played…

  Friday, October 31, Homeroom

  I woke with the strangest feeling of foreboding. I couldn’t…

  Friday, October 31, Algebra

  Mr. Gianini is not here today. Instead, we have a substitute…

  Friday, October 31, G & T

  Okay.

  Friday, October 31, French

  I borrowed Lars’s cell phone and called the SoHo Grand…

  Friday, October 31, 9 p.m.

  I am in shock. I really am.

  Saturday, November 1, 2 p.m.

  The evening wasn’t a total bust.

  Acknowledgments

  About the Author

  Other Books by Meg Cabot

  Credits

  Copyright

  About the Publisher

  Monday, October 20, 8 a.m.

  Okay. So I was just in the kitchen, eating cereal, you know, the usual Monday morning routine, when my mom comes out of the bathroom with this funny look on her face. I mean, she was all pale and her hair was kind of sticking out and she had on her terry cloth robe instead of her kimono, which usually means she’s premenstrual.

  So I said, “Mom, you want some Midol? Because, no offense, you look like you could use some.”

  Which is sort of a dangerous