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The Secret Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #4.5)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  12,368 Ratings  ·  251 Reviews

What on earth is that princess up to now?

Hammer in hand, Princess Mia embarks on an epic adventure for one so admittedly unhandy: Along with her cohorts from school, she's off to build houses for the less fortunate. It doesn't take Mia long to realize that helping others -- while an unimpeachably noble pastime -- is very hard work. Will her giving spirit prevail? Will the

Paperback, 58 pages
Published February 7th 2003 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jessica (priceiswong)
This tiny little story follows Mia along on her Spring break. Not much to it but it was still enjoyable. It was funny hearing her talk about camping and stuff!
Howdy YAL
To see full binge for books 4, 41/3, 4 1/2, and 5 click here.

This installment isn’t much, and really doesn’t pertain to the over all series (I’m wondering if it’s even been reprinted recently).

The nice thing about it, besides the fact that it’s profits went to a wonderful cause, is that it’s a novella you’re not required to read.

I hate it when novellas are super important to the book-case in point, Sweet Sixteen Princess. True, authors will recap for us what went on but you’ll still inevitably b
Nov 04, 2015 Sheida rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, I only read this cause it was 50 pages and I'm depressingly behind on my reading challenge. So what? Sue me, I'm gonna go find more short stories to fool myself with.
Sara Saif
I may not agree with Mia on most things but I could relate to her feeling like a "talentless freak" because that's how I sometimes feel. So at the end of Project Princess, the valuable lesson that Mia learned;
"Never complain about having the WRONG KIND of talents, use what gifts God has given you, stop wishing for better talents and use the ones you have to the best of your abilities."
was not only theraputic and inspirational but also served to develop Mia's character a bit.
Feb 15, 2009 Sabine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After convincing her parents that it is her royal duty to help the less fortunate, Mia sets off with her friends (and boyfriend) on a school trip to West Virginia to help build houses for Housing for the Hopeful. But once in the wilderness far away from Bagels, Lox and modern conveniences Mia realizes that while helping is important it is also far from a trip to the spa. Will she ever be clean again? Will she stop hurting all over? And will she ever find time for a little kissing action before s ...more
Henri Neto
Acho que já disse algumas vezes no blog, mas - apesar de ser muito fã da Meg Cabot - eu confesso que não sou muito chegado à sua série mais famosa. Quero dizer, foi através de "O Diário da Princesa" que eu conheci a autora, não nego, mas nunca tive muita paciência com os surtos da Mia - a protagonista adolescente que descobre de um dia para o outro que na verdade é a herdeira do trono real de Genovia, um pequeno Principado europeu. Sim, são livros divertidos e tals - mas quanto mais a personagem ...more
Aug 02, 2016 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story. Habitat for Humanity, meets Mia.
So what happens in this one? Mia embarks upon a mission wherein she is going to build homes for one lucky (or unlucky?) family in West Virginia. The real reason she wants to go there? To help people, you say? No!! She is going because she wants to make out with Michael without having their family members walk in on them. Oh, Mia! ;)

Nothing much significant happens in this one but it was entertaining nevertheless. Boris barfs, Mia whines, Lilly films and Michael charms. You know, same old, same o
Mar 30, 2016 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've missed this story
Apr 11, 2012 LeGrand rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: engl-420

Project Princess is a story about what Mia does during spring break. She convinces her parents to let her go on a trip to help build a house for the less fortunate. In reality, this is a front, because Mia really just wants an excuse to spend time with her boyfriend alone. However, things don’t go quite as planned, since it is expected that you actually work when you participate in a project like this. This story is somewhat amusing if a little short and contrived. There is no
Feb 09, 2015 kari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2015
I would call this more a short story than a book, but so be it.
Mia, for reasons that are not exactly altruistic, goes to builds home for the poor during Spring Break. It turns out to be not quite what she hopes, but still a good experience.
I don't know that you'd need to read this to know the whole series, but still, it's good to see Mia out of her element.
Feb 29, 2016 hpboy13 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-ya
Absolutely hilarious, and a sheer joy to read!

ETA 2015: This novella (shot story?) still holds up as really funny and charming. I think it’s one of the stronger installments of Princess Diaries aopcrypha, because it actually tells a complete story at a reasonable pace – this story just happened to be smaller than the usual. It also gets considerable bonus points because Cabot so perfectly captured how New Yorkers view the woods: it all sounds lovely in theory, but how on earth does anyone actual
Project Princess was a cute little 50 page novella type tie-in where Mia and the gang build houses for the homeless on their spring break. Mia doesn't mind helping people so she can achieve some self-actualization, but really all she really wants to do is make out with Michael for 5 days without people getting in the way (ie, her grandmother, parents, etc.). And she doesn't even get that. She soon realizes that building a house is not a walk in the park, and there's barely any down time. But the ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Amaranthos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Creo que este libro sale sobrando. Mia es demasiado estúpida, muy en el fondo sabe que lo único que quiere es darse besos con Michael, no ayudar a los necesitados. Además es muy superficial.
Jun 16, 2015 Krista rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, 2015, library
That was really short and not super interesting.
Daniel H
Project Princes
Summary of the book
The book “Project Princes” was about a princess, Princess Mia, that signs herself up for a building house project with a goal of ultimately kissing a her boyfriend. Instead she was helpful to the less fortunate by building houses. Princess Mia through the story ends up focusing less on boys and more on the project of helping others. The goal of this book was to entertain. The moral to the story was too love what you have because you probably have it better than
Oct 14, 2016 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

My book is “Project Princess” the author of my book is Meg Cabot. This book is part of a
series, it's placed as book four and a half in the series. The lexile level of this book is 1040L
which is 0030L above the sixth-eighth grade lexile level. Now basically my book is about a
princess named Mia who lives in Manhattan, new york and is used to everything just being
handed to her. When, for spring break her school principal takes Mia’s gifted and talented class
to West Virginia for a week to volun
Apr 11, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this short novella, Princess Mia plans for and goes on a humanitarian trip with her school, to help build homes for poor families. Of course, being a teenager, a lot of her focus is on trying to get some time alone with her boyfriend, Michael. As usual, Mia finds herself in awkward circumstances and winds up learning or appreciating something she didn't realize before her latest adventure.

This is indeed a short little book, at just 50 pages. Still, the cover price was just $2.99. I am glad
RATING: 3 out of 5 stars

SUMMARY: This is a novella of Mia’s Spring Break in her Freshman Year. She decides to not just spend it in Genovia or with her mom, but on a kind of Habitat for Humanity trip. She, along with all her friends, travel to West Virginia to help build a house for an underprivileged family. Along the way, they encounter barf, babies, tents, and port-a-potties.

REVIEW: Unlike the other novella in this series, Valentine Princess, this one feels pretty unnecessary. It doesn’t see
Aug 12, 2015 Katlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one was pretty hilarious. It was interesting to see Mia roughing it in West Virginia, especially considering she has apparently never slept in a tent! And I was rather surprised they don't have Dairy Queens in Manhattan, as they are all over Canada. Anyway, Mia and Michael were cute as ever, and their quest to make out entertained me quite a bit. I really related to Mia's quest for a talent. Unfortunately, I have not found mine yet. It is clearly not writing, judging by this review! Hopeful ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Myndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very cute little short story about Mia's Spring Break. I liked seeing her interactions with Michael, and I liked seeing a more human side to Grandmere. It was very short, but entertaining through to the end.
The most important thing to know about this book is the reason for its existence, as quoted from Meg Cabot's website: 'Meg's proceeds from the sale of this book go to help build the first ever permanent home of The Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York City. This non—profit community organization provides a range of innovative programming for girls and their families living in downtown Manhattan.'

So by buying this book you could do a bit of good, and you'd get about half an hour entertainment. T
Tina, you disappoint me once again. :( Who cares about Peter Tsu? Seriously, you're at FREAKING DAIRY QUEEN THAT HAS FREAKING GOOD ICE CREAM and you just get a low-calorie yoghurt? :(((

Lol, I felt bad for Mia when she said she never slept in a tent before. Though the two times I've slept in a tent (which were cramped as well, since it was our annual school camping trip >.<) were fairly comfortable because of all the sacks and cardboard we used for the flooring.

Dr. Gonzales and Grandmére, h
Apr 01, 2008 Skinnerbox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mia is lovely witch her clever ideas, i reale think she's very inteligent. And Michael he is just perfect for her;)
Suzan Oktaria
Oke gak nambah ah... Aku memang suka buku yang tipis tapi ini terlalu tipis ya
Sep 14, 2010 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned that if you will try you can accomplish something for a good cause.
Yes another great short story by Meg Cabot! (:
Loved it !

Over & Out, T xx
Not Much to say about this one. It's short and fluffy. The end.
Mar 13, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princess Mia convinces her mother and Mr. G that she wants to go volunteer to build a house for the less fortunate on her spring break... which is true. But she also wants to make out with her boyfriend, of course. However, as she gets to West Virginia and starts work, she starts to realize some things. This trip is a far cry from a spa, and she will probably never be clean again!

This book is a little novella in the series, but it definitely doesn't disappoint with it's fun and drama filled pro
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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 flun
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