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The Secret Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #4.5)

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  11,348 ratings  ·  221 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
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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
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
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

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
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.
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.
That was really short and not super interesting.
Not Much to say about this one. It's short and fluffy. The end.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Brandi Streeval
my mom bought me this book when it first came out, this is book 4 and 1/2 in the princess diaries series, this is a short book but it is still very good, on spring break Mia's gifted and talented class takes a trip to west Virginia to build houses for the less fortunate, on the way there in the bus Boris Lilly's boyfriend keeps getting car sick and when they stop to use the bathroom there prinicipal buys some medcine for Boris to take so he will not get sick anymore and than he falls asleep on ...more
It's not fair. While it seems as if everyone in Albert Einstein High School is going to Virginia to build Homes for the Homeless, Mia is not allowed due to the fact that is the nine hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary of Genovia and there will be a ceremony in which Mia must attend. Fortunately, Genovia's neighbor Monaco is having a Bruce Springsteen on that VERY DAY! So after a few days Mia heads of to West Virginia for Homes for the Homeless, and you never know what could happen th
Carol Tran
Oct 25, 2010 Carol Tran rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Meg Cabot Fans
Recommended to Carol by: Myself :)
Well, I guess I liked this book...but it deserves more of
a 2.5 rating than a 3. I liked and hated the fact that the book was short. Trust me, I love light reads, but this book was a little TOO light. I would've really enjoyed it if it had been, like, I don't know...80 to 100 pages? Maybe so. But technically, it was only 50 pages, and I finished it so fast that I didn't really even know what happened. So, here's goes the summary. Mia Thermopolis is the princess of Genovia, and just recently foun
Aug 30, 2011 Kimberly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Princess Diaries fans
Recommended to Kimberly by: Computer
This was, of course, funny and brilliant, by the one and only Ms. Meg Cabot.

Told by Mia through diary entries as usual, this 4.5 Princess Diaries books follows Mia and her friends, loves, and new buddies, Michael, Lilly, Boris, Tina, Peter, Principal Gupta, Dr. Gonsales, etc. on their trip to West Virginia to build homes for the less fortunate.

This 50-page book is a really cute read for a rainy day, it took me all of an hour, not even.

When Mia gets there, she realizes she may not love nature as
Leona Duignan
Cabot describes the life of a newly discovered princess who is at the prime of her teenage years and eager to spend as much time with her young love, Michael. The story is portrayed through the use of diary entries by the young princess, Mia. After convincing her parents that it is her royal duty to help the less fortunate she embarks on a field trip to help others by building homes with the rest of her classmates, boyfriend and teachers. Throughout the story of diary entries, the princess expla ...more
Taryn Brittany
This short book takes place between Volumes IV and V of The Princess Diaries series. It details what happened over Mia's spring break. Mia signs up to go on a trip to West Virginia with her classmates in order to build houses for charity. Will Mia survive the hard labor and modest living conditions? More importantly, will she ever get to be alone with Michael long enough for some lip-locking action?

This was a very quick read - it took me less than an hour. (The audiobook version was only 1 CD l
Jen Castagno

The story is part of a series. It is about Mia, who comes to know that she is the Princess of Genovia. This book is about her going to do a humanitarian project. She tells her mother and grandma that she is going to help out and show how selfless she is. But the real reason is so that she can be alone with her boyfriend for 5 days without supervision. She thinks they are going to be kissing the whole time, but he doesnt really see that. Once they get there, they start working a
Dione Basseri
Not really sure how to feel about this mid-volume of the Princess Diaries. Cabot tries to instill in her readers a sense of social consciousness by sending Mia to work with a Habitat for Humanity-type organization over break, but she winds up being a bit condescending towards the needy people who will live in the home. Nothing about finances, but there's definitely a lot of commentary on their particular rural-ness.

Mia's focus on spending the trip with Michael, rather than helping the unfortunat
Some thoughts...

1. I knew it would be short, but not that short!
2. As per usual, Mia's immaturity made me want to strangle her.
3. This (ironically, based on its unimportance) was the only book so far where I liked Michael as a romantic lead.
4. I was disappointed with the lack of any real depth on Mia's part. Obviously, this relates back to Thought #2. It was surprising, given that she was embarking on a humanitarian project of this nature, that she showed close to no interest in the people she w
They say that charity work is the gift from the gods. But in this book Mia, a hormonal teenager, has other reasons for doing her charity work in the back woods of West Virginia. A group of Mia and her fellow classmates go to help build a house even though most had never really used a hammer before. So if you like the teenage rambeling about things that happen to you when you try to help do hard labor then you should read this book.
Julia Muldoon
Project Princess
This is a short little novella between books 4 and 5 of the princess diaries. Of course I had to read it!!
On spring break Mia goes to build homes for the less fortunate. Grandmere of course is against it, mom is unsure until Mia says Grandmere is against it and then Mom is totally supportive.
What I loved most about this was the contrast from living in the city to camping outside while building the house for a week. It was really nice to see the differences. Mia has always wanted
3 stars

Project Princess is a little side book from The Princess Diaries series, preceded by Princess in Waiting.

During Spring break, Princess Mia, her teachers, friends and her boyfriend, Michael, travel to West Virginia to help build houses for the less fortunate, but all Mia thinks about is how she and Michael will finally be alone, away from Grandmère’s supervision...

Project Princess is a sweet little book focusing on the importance of voluntary work to help those in need, sending a very posi
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