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Never Do Anything, Ever (Dear Dumb Diary #4)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,869 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
For use in schools and libraries only. Jamie Kelly confides to her diary her experiences in middle school with a boy who likes to give insulting nicknames, cafeteria food, and gorgeous, perfect Angeline, the girl with the long blonde hair who sets all the trends.
Hardcover, 132 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Aug 06, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how I ever missed these, but I'm glad I finally picked one up. They are seriously hysterical. Favorite excerpt so far involves Jaime trying out a new hairstyle, complete with a hand-drawn picture of herself...above which reads, "...tomorrow, I am really going to have it going on. Here's a drawing of me having it going on. (I think I may also be all up in that, but I'm not sure exactly what that means.)" That sounds very much like something I may have said when I was 13-ish. Jim Bent ...more
Jun 29, 2008 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so it might not be the most sophisticated book in the world...but it's still really funny. Read it, have some laughs, and then pass it on to a little sibling!
Mar 26, 2008 Clare rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Clare by: myself
A kind of stupid book. The girl who is writing the diary is really wierd and stupid...I would never read it again! (Though it appeals to some!)
Mar 05, 2009 Monica:) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tiffany Chiu
Jan 22, 2012 Tiffany Chiu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is written in the format of a diary and the owner of this diary is Jamie Kelly. She and her friend Isabella are always thinking up crazy thigns to do. In this book, Jamie wants to be better than Angeline which was a girl that is prettier than her. Angeline starts wearing a barrette, so Jamie starts to wear a barrette. Later on in the story, they had to choose a chairty to raise money for. Angeline found a charity and Jamie is a little bit jealous of her. Isabella "found" a charity and ...more
Victoria C
Nov 07, 2014 Victoria C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jamie is trying to bring out her inner- beauty. By doing all of these charities, even some made up ones, in order to seem better than Angeline to Hudson. While doing all of this in P.E. Jamie, Isabella, and others have to get a baby across the gym while the floor is like alligators, only using a few items. So not only does Jamie have to do all of these charities, she also has to plan out the assignment.
Jamie: Brown hair, tries to be better than Angeline.
Angeline: Blonde hair, popular, better
Edward Creter
Jul 19, 2014 Edward Creter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jamie Kelly returns for more ribald fun as she endures middle school (of course in her understandable case, endures is a too-kind term). Her bff Isabella and her have tto undergo the most heinous test in phys. ed. history: take a baby doll across the gym floor without the feet touching the floor and without tossing the kid over. (Poor kid! I know he's a doll but.....he's so CUUUUUUTE! Think what would happen if it were a real live boy!) Oh yeah: the floor is covered with deadly imaginary crocs! ...more
Mackenzie Zoerb
The book that I have recently read is called, Dear Dumb Diary Never Do Anything, Ever. This book is written by Jim Benton. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. Also, this book takes place at Jaime's house, and mostly Jamie's school. Some of the main characters of this book are Jaime, Angeline, Isabella, and Hudson. This book is all about how Jamie survives middle school. It is also about how she and her friends survive school through rough times and good times. One last part about this b ...more
This book shows the greedy side to Jamie. When Angeline was on the walk-a-thon for kids who needs operations in hopitals. Her greedy side shows and she enters to get money because
Angeline got $300 on the walk-on-thon.
Mar 07, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv-series
Umm, these books are hilarious! I laugh out loud. I either have an simple sense of humor or young girls don't get the jokes. I'm guessing I have a simple sense of humor. :) I think these books are great!
I didn't find this one as humorous as its predecessors, but I thought it gave good messages to its audience regarding inner beauty and charity involvement.
Xiao Lin
Jun 18, 2015 Xiao Lin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angeline , Jamie's enemy show off in front of Jamie again. Angeline tells Jamie that she have new puppies to make her jealous and tells Jamie to come over to her house to give names to the puppies to get Jamie frustrated, but what surprises me is that, she accept the invention and come over to Angeline's house and later explain that Jamie rally want to see the puppies because she thinks that even though she hate Angeline, but she can't hold the puppies' adorable face. Read this book and see the ...more
Shania shelton
Mar 05, 2010 Shania shelton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book waz hecka funny and the two gurls do dumb stuff that explain the name if the book lolz
Sep 26, 2008 Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love all the dear dumb diary books but only read 4
Jan 07, 2013 Rummana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jamie Kelly is a normal girl that has a weird life. She writes a diary about her wacky days and it is quite humorous. Well in this diary, she talks about her gym class. In her usual gym class, all the students mainly run laps, so she decides to tell her coach to do something new. He decides to have a challenge. Each group gets a baby, a pot, a broom, and a rubber snake. They have to use these to get the baby across the gym. Angeline, the most beautiful and popular girl in school, tricks the coac ...more
Jamie isn't very nice. As described in the summary. I thought parts of the book were funny, but Jamie is not the best influence for girls in my opinion. I know Jamie's diary is private and she is not actually saying her thoughts to people, but if she was it would be considered bullying. Really she just is kind of a jerk, but has some nice thoughtful moments toward the end where she is really improving upon her personality.
Florie Jo Alicer
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Jake Patterson
Oct 04, 2015 Jake Patterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short sweetness

Don't you just love those short, but sweet books that make you chuckle silently to yourself? This is one of them..
Nov 23, 2007 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls
This book is absoulatly laugh out hysterical and some things in this book you can actrually relate to. This book is about a girl facing some hard times and ANGELA!! Angela is the popular pretty girl that sweeps away all the attention. The main character hates Angela because she is so perfect. You can watch the main character face life, friendships, and other typical girl worlds. The best partr is she writes her life all down in her diary and even illustrates some parts in her life. You are guran ...more
Raevyn (Christian and Proud)
Funny, irreverent, strange, easy. As usual with this series, the illustrations and captions hold more appeal than the story.
Jun 30, 2015 KaiYuan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to read this interesting book. It's so funny and useful for my English studying.
Jun 24, 2015 Katrine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kære dumme dagbog

Kramper, babykastning og farsbrød venter dig i denne dejlige bog.
Jessica Mitchell
Jessica Mitchell, 11
Never Do Anything, Ever.

This wasnt the best book i have ever read. Each page only had about ten words, at the most because of all the pictures. Thats one downside of the whole thing.
But the reason I gave it a decent review is because the drawings (Yeah, yeah. I said they were bad up there.) They were very.....creative? The author did really funny things that he knew kids my age would find funny. You know, like, toilet humor....and things that are kind of....inappropriate? No
I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this book
May 19, 2011 Oumiie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is about a girl who does charity work to beat another girl who is popular. She also wants to make the cutest boy like her. However everytime she tries, something embarrassing happens and it is reported in her school's newspaper.
I think that the book is very funny and entertaining. I suggest this book for girls ages 9-11. Girls our age want a boy to like them and so does the girl in this book. I also suggest this book for girls who like diary-style books because they would have fun read
Allena Noel
Apr 08, 2015 Allena Noel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
can i read this stupid book
it won't let me read it wtf
Shila Bowling
Aug 14, 2014 Shila Bowling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
its amazing
Feb 25, 2014 Linda is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
It is a good book!
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