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

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  4,629 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
Read the hilarious, candid (and sometimes not-so-nice), diaries of Jamie Kelly, who promises that everything in her diary is true...or at least as true as it needs to be.

Her best friend's a backstabber. Her worst enemy is a sweetheart. And her dog is just waiting for the right moment to seek his revenge. Why should Jamie even bother going to school? Why not? After a run-in
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2005)
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Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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!
Jun 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Mar 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
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!)
Tiffany Chiu
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This would be a good book for third and fourth graders to read. I'm a fifth grader and I still liked it.
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.
Sep 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
I love all the dear dumb diary books but only read 4
Shania shelton
Mar 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
this book waz hecka funny and the two gurls do dumb stuff that explain the name if the book lolz
Книжни Криле
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Да ревюираш книги е приятно, но понякога е и много рисковано занимание! Не вярвате ли? На моменти е направо опасно за живота! Но в името на нашите читатели (а и за да задоволим собственото си любопитство) сме готови отново да си играем със смъртта и да се плъзнем по границата на закона... Разтваряме отново дневника на Джейми Кели, въпреки всички проклятия, които тегнат над него и въпреки всички правни последици, с които ни заплашва неговата авторка! Тук сме със „Скъпо тъпо дневниче 4: Никога не ...more
Hunter Blaire
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think this book would be better without Isabella. I really don't like her at all.

That and it's dangerous to even put in the idea that coloring contacts with marker is safe into a kid's head.

Disappointed like I was with book 3. I'll read some more as soon as I can.
Arlington Leatham
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dear dumb diary never do anything ever, is about a girl named Jamie Kelly who writes her everyday life down in a diary. Her life consists of her friends, her crush, her "TERRIBLE" assignments, and of course, her arch nemesis. Now, Jamie's arch nemesis is also the most beautiful and popular girl in the school and she is concerned that Angeline is going to steal her "future boyfriend". She begins noticing that Angeline has lots of inner beauty. When Jamie notices that she participates in TONS of c ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Edward Creter
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Victoria C
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mackenzie Zoerb
Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Xiao Lin
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jamie Kelly(writer of the dairy) is trying to turn into a girl filled with inner beauty like her worst enemy Angeline. With the help of Isabella(Jamie's best friend) Jamie can be the top one. But then again. Isabella always has a trick up her sleeve.
This book shows a young girl's life, thoughts, dreams, and hopes in her dairy. It's filed with laughs and giggles.Age range 9 or 10 and up.
I like this book because it reminds me of Dork Diaries. My favourite part is near the end. There is nothin
Jessica Mitchell
Nov 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Cornell Poder
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jamie Kelly the main character goes to Mackerel Middle School with many regular people except for a best friend(Isabella), and princess who acts like an angel(Angeline). Many things go on in Jamie's life.
As Angeline(a.k.a the devil)does charity, she organizes money for her school. At all the events of charity she tries to get Jamie involved. But.....later does Jamie know the trick it's already time for her to give up......That is UNTIL....Isabella sneaks her way into the Juvinile Optemary Fedora
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I will never get rid of my Dear Dumb Diary books. NEVER. I am 19, and I still like to flip through them because they're funny and engaging. I love Jamie Kelly so much. I think she is my spirit animal. She is just so dramatic and cynical and 100% done with everyone around her, and I can sympathize. I felt like that in middle school too. I still feel that way now. Also, this is my favorite of the series for various reasons, but I do really love the title and the cover so much. Jim Benton is a gen ...more
May 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think this book is good for everyone to read in the world. Its mostly about this girl on the front of the book. she has done somthing bad and she just hopes that it never happens again/do anything like that again. So i hope you read this book because it is a very good book for your age. Probably like to the age of 5-11 years old probably. But thanks for listenning to my comment about tjhis book i really appreciate it. Maybe you can comment about/on a book. Thank You!
Valeria Martinez
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What i like about this book is the title you can tell right away that this is a funny book! I like how he created all the characters to be perfect just how they are. I liked how Angeline could ever come up with a plan to get the project done in about a minute after he had explained it. What i really admire from him is how creative the author is! I like how different topics happen in one book. I have read this book about ten times and every single time i laugh out loud!
Dec 20, 2013 added it
Shelves: children-books
I remember when I first read these series. I figured since it was short I wouldn't really enjoy it. Thinking back, I believe it was the humor that entice me to continue these books. Jamie was and continues to be hilarious to me. I was very obsessed with this series of Jim Benton books. Every time I saw one I had to have it. I believe I still have a bit in my collection. I recommend these books to anyone's child.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
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Benton began his career in a custom design t-shirt shop where he started designing his own characters. At the same time, Jim did illustrations and artwork for magazines and newspapers. People magazine named him "the most visible cartoonist in America" .

Benton also created greeting cards and worked in the magazine and publishing industry. In 1998, his SpyDogs characters became an animated series, T
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