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It’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls in this hilarious novel! Meet Nikki Maxwell! She's starting eighth grade at a new school—and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series! New school. New mean girl. New crush. New diary so I can spill about all of it… I put a lot of really personal stu It’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls in this hilarious novel! Meet Nikki Maxwell! She's starting eighth grade at a new school—and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series! New school. New mean girl. New crush. New diary so I can spill about all of it… I put a lot of really personal stuff in this diary along with my sketches and doodles. But, mostly it’s about how TRAUMATIC it was transferring to my new private middle school, Westchester Country Day. And, how a lot of the CCP (Cool, Cute & Popular) kids were really SNOBBY and made my life TOTALLY miserable. People like, oh, I don’t know, maybe… MACKENZIE HOLLISTER!! And, it just so happened that I got stuck with a locker right next to hers. I could NOT believe I had such CRAPPY luck. I knew right then and there it was going to be a VERY, VERY long school year :-( !

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It’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls in this hilarious novel! Meet Nikki Maxwell! She's starting eighth grade at a new school—and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series! New school. New mean girl. New crush. New diary so I can spill about all of it… I put a lot of really personal stu It’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls in this hilarious novel! Meet Nikki Maxwell! She's starting eighth grade at a new school—and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series! New school. New mean girl. New crush. New diary so I can spill about all of it… I put a lot of really personal stuff in this diary along with my sketches and doodles. But, mostly it’s about how TRAUMATIC it was transferring to my new private middle school, Westchester Country Day. And, how a lot of the CCP (Cool, Cute & Popular) kids were really SNOBBY and made my life TOTALLY miserable. People like, oh, I don’t know, maybe… MACKENZIE HOLLISTER!! And, it just so happened that I got stuck with a locker right next to hers. I could NOT believe I had such CRAPPY luck. I knew right then and there it was going to be a VERY, VERY long school year :-( !

30 review for Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This is about an incredibly materialistic, shallow, melodramatic preteen who is whiny and annoying. This is not something I'd tell anyone in this book's targeted age range to read. I thought I was getting Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls but it's basically a whinefest with no substance. And the way the kids talk is nowhere near natural. Everything is over-the-top drama and none of it is funny. Plus the whole thing is supposed to be a diary written by the girl but everything plays out in real time. This is about an incredibly materialistic, shallow, melodramatic preteen who is whiny and annoying. This is not something I'd tell anyone in this book's targeted age range to read. I thought I was getting Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls but it's basically a whinefest with no substance. And the way the kids talk is nowhere near natural. Everything is over-the-top drama and none of it is funny. Plus the whole thing is supposed to be a diary written by the girl but everything plays out in real time. Like she'll talk about writing in her diary in the janitor's closet and then her friends come in and they leave but she's still telling the story like she wasn't just writing everything down. It's weird and hard to explain, but you can't have something going on in the present when it's all supposed to be a diary written by the character. Even though the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books decline a bit as they go, I'd recommend those instead. They're funnier and better written though share some of the same characteristics (both good and bad) with this series. It's really a shame this turned out to be so awful because I liked the premise and I do like girly stuff and drawing but this was pretty much just a big failure.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    You will love Nikki Maxwell! Cute, cool & captivating! The heroine of this YA story is eighth-grader Nikki Maxwell, a cute, cool and captivating girl you will fall in love with. Although the word cute is not a cool vocabulary choice for today's kids, I use it here because I love that word; it means much more than cool. To me it encompasses looks, personality and sincerity, while cool is...well "cool"...it can be a pose with some kids. So our NIkki is not only cool to her friends, she's also c You will love Nikki Maxwell! Cute, cool & captivating! The heroine of this YA story is eighth-grader Nikki Maxwell, a cute, cool and captivating girl you will fall in love with. Although the word cute is not a cool vocabulary choice for today's kids, I use it here because I love that word; it means much more than cool. To me it encompasses looks, personality and sincerity, while cool is...well "cool"...it can be a pose with some kids. So our NIkki is not only cool to her friends, she's also cute to us parents: the kind of girl every decent kid wants for a friend, every parent wants for a daughter. And I predict she will captivate everyone who reads this book, young and old alike. But Nikki thinks of herself as a dork because rich, snooty MacKenzie Hollister and her wannabe followers go out of their way to make her appear that way. After one too many "klutzy" accidents––caused by the despicable MacKenzie, of course––Nikki starts writing the "Dork Diaries." And what fun diaries they are! This honest, precocious girl writes EVERYTHING in those pages, illustrating her tales with humorous drawings. These drawings by the author enhance this book, making it an unforgettable reading pleasure. I admire the way Nikki handles all the set-backs in her life; she never loses her temper, attacking MacKenzie as many girls would. Instead she remains calm and works things out in her own way. That girl has more self-confidence than she knows. While Nikki doesn't follow the dictates of the "Fashionista Police," she dresses cute and flattering. Enough so to attract the attention of Brandon, a school photographer that MacKenzie has set her cap for. So what does MacKenzie do when Brandon repeatedly helps Nikki? And what do tattoos have to do with Nikki suddenly becoming so popular that even MacKenzie pretends to be her friend? Does Nikki fall for it? Do her best friends, Zoey and Chloe desert her for MacKenzie? And what does Nikki do when MacKenzie finally learns that her father is the local bug exterminator, driving around with a huge roach atop his truck? How embarrassing is that to our heroine? And does she ever get the coveted iPhone that she thinks she needs to be cool? The final showdown between Nikki and MacKenzie is a big school project. Nikki has much more talent (skills, as they call it), but will MacKenzie win through trickery? But to learn more about our Nikki, you will have to read for yourself, and follow along with the illustrations. Even though author Rachel Renee Russell's writing flows easily, I had a hard time reading this book––through no fault of hers. Each time I put it down, my granddaughter grabbed it and when I wanted to read a chapter, I had to search for it. I told that girl I would pass it on to her. Can't she wait? (But she's a lot like NIkki, so I can see the appeal.) A side note about this author: As I was reading this story, it was obvious the writer knew and understood the teens' mind, so I felt as though I were actually reading a diary written by a teen. I was surprised to learn that Russell is an attorney who "prefers writing children's books to legal briefs." After reading "Dork Diaries" I can see why. I look forward to many more books by her. This review is from an ARC sent to me by the author. Reviewed by Betty Dravis, May, 2009 Author of "The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley" COMING IN MAY: "DREAM REACHERS," a compilation of inspiring celebrity interviews including Clint Eastwood, Jane Russell, Ted Kennedy, Shawn Richardz, Dozie, Darcy Donavan, Jenny McShane, Kiara Hunter, Jennifer Wilkinson, Barbara Evans, Jason Seitz... and more. INSPIRING! INTERESTING!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Isabella

    Dork Diaries is a great book. I recommend it to all girls who like excitement and longer books. Once you have read the first book you will want to read all the others

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    DNF AT 11% If this is how the youth of America think and act, we are doomed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Winston

    I’m going hard on this one. I’m a huge proponent of quality children’s literature, and this one just doesn’t do it. I know that most children like these stories and the consensus is, as long as they’re reading something, that’s a good thing, right? Wrong! There is enough quality contemporary literature out here that children shouldn’t have to settle for this. C. S. Lewis said, “A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” Those words a I’m going hard on this one. I’m a huge proponent of quality children’s literature, and this one just doesn’t do it. I know that most children like these stories and the consensus is, as long as they’re reading something, that’s a good thing, right? Wrong! There is enough quality contemporary literature out here that children shouldn’t have to settle for this. C. S. Lewis said, “A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” Those words are profound, and I think the reason for the success of series like Harry Potter. They perform on many levels. Unfortunately, this one, does not. I’ve been teaching middle school for 16 years and the language in Rachel Renee Russell’s novel is in no way authentic. Check this, “The SNOBBY CHIC phenomenon is quite a mind-boggling thing. Hopefully, Congress will allocate funding for scientists to study it.” Not the language of a middle-schooler, but maybe of an attorney, which the author happens to be. And then the inappropriateness of this line on the 4th page. “While hordes of celebrity party girls regularly FORGET to wear undies, not a single one would be caught dead without her cell phone.” OK, some middle-schoolers may talk this way, but some middle-schoolers do and/or sell drugs, have sex, and commit heinous crimes. Should we also include that subject matter in the literature for our 5th-8th graders. Writing-wise, oftentimes Dork Diaries feels more like high school than middle school. Jock football players sitting at a lunch table. Two girls plan to get tattoos. All the talk of dating. Again, I know hormones begin to rage in middle school, but to put it in the literature. I’m just not seeing it. For two-thirds of the book it seems like Russell struggles to make the story interesting as the 14-year-old protagonist, Nikki Maxwell rambles on about nothing most of the time. One minute she’s shallow, the next she’s deep and introspective, a major flaw in character development. Speaking of character development, there was virtually none, especially with the supporting characters, and Nikki just wasn’t a likable character. Isn’t that important for the main character in a story? Toward the end, Russell makes a run at pulling everything together, but in the end, everything falls apart once more as there is no internal change or growth in Nikki, but a change in her situation, and all is conveniently well with the world again. What happened to the flawed protagonist our kids can learn from that decides it’s better to do the right thing than be popular, the hero that takes one for the team, the heroine that finds something within to succeed against overwhelming odds. We have to do better than this with our kids as far as literature is concerned. I know I’m in the minority on this, and that’s alright. But parents, you need to read this one first.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Terryann

    Gr 5-7 – The Dork Diaries details the life of 14 year old Nikki J. Maxwell over a period of 6 weeks. Nikki has been awarded a scholarship to the prestigious, private middle school, Westchester Country Day as a part of her father’s bug extermination contract with said school. Nikki’s angst as she deals with the school’s resident mean girl, her embarrassing parents, her crush on the hot boy and making new friends are all recorded alongside numerous sketches of her life. Although occasionally amusi Gr 5-7 – The Dork Diaries details the life of 14 year old Nikki J. Maxwell over a period of 6 weeks. Nikki has been awarded a scholarship to the prestigious, private middle school, Westchester Country Day as a part of her father’s bug extermination contract with said school. Nikki’s angst as she deals with the school’s resident mean girl, her embarrassing parents, her crush on the hot boy and making new friends are all recorded alongside numerous sketches of her life. Although occasionally amusing, Nikki is not a very likeable character. She is shallow, self-centered and fails to show any growth in the book, even as she one-ups the popular and cruel MacKenzie in the end. In fact, Nikki who steals her neighbor’s hearing aide and pranks her little sister, is somewhat of a mean girl herself. All other characters in the book are shallow, thin and underdeveloped, including Nikki’s family and her new BFFs, Chloe and Zoey. The numerous illustrations, while well drawn and periodically witty, are much too sophisticated to be believable as drawn by a 14 year old. Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney may enjoy this book as an adventure in déjà vu but from the girl point of view. Recommended for libraries with large collections.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Avery Bryson

    I'm a 4th grade teacher and have been longing for a book for the girls in my classroom that was comparable to "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." While "Wimpy Kid" is hilarious, the girls in the book are very minor, undeveloped characters at best. After discovering "Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life," I finally got my wish for His and Her books. I think this book will also be great for my reluctant readers. Nikki Maxwell is just starting the year at a snobby, private middle school. Not only do I'm a 4th grade teacher and have been longing for a book for the girls in my classroom that was comparable to "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." While "Wimpy Kid" is hilarious, the girls in the book are very minor, undeveloped characters at best. After discovering "Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life," I finally got my wish for His and Her books. I think this book will also be great for my reluctant readers. Nikki Maxwell is just starting the year at a snobby, private middle school. Not only does she not fit in with the fashion forward girls there, she lives in dread of someone finding out that she is attending the school on a scholarship. Her so-called, "pity" scholarship was arranged by her father as part of his contract as the school's new bug exterminator. And, if all of that wasn't bad enough, her father's work van has a huge 5 foot long roach bolted to the top of it. Nikki gets assigned a locker right next to MacKenzie, the most popular girl in the school, who labels her a "Dork." So, Nikki hatches a plan that will launch her from dork to diva. All she has to do is win the annual school art show which should be easy enough seeing as she is a very talented artist and has spent the past 5 summers at art camp. However, her dreams are quickly dashed when MacKenzie signs up to compete in the art show and is rumored to be the frontrunner in the competition. At the last minute, Nikki loses her nerve and instead of signing up for the art show she signs up to becomes a library shevling assistant. The story takes off from there. Nikki shares her fears, dreams, wishes, and frustrations with readers through daily entries in her diary and her funny drawings. The excellent artwork is a variety of manga inspired comic strips, doodles and drawings of the events she is writing about. I would say the artwork is probably more similar in style to "The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian," than the simple comic strip panels in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." My favorite artwork from the book? When an English lit homework assignment requires Nikki to provide a physical description of Shakespeare's character "Puck" from "A Midsummer's Night Dream," her imagination runs wild and she turns in sketches of Puck as Justin Timberlake, Corbin Bleu and Nick Jonas with huge, elf-like ears. Priceless! The girls in my classroom always try to add their favorite pop star crushes to their homework assignments. Nikki is an imperfect, but endearing character. Her bratty little sister, Brianna, upstages her a few times and is another great character. The book was so funny that I found myself laughing out loud numerous times. I can't wait to share this book with my class. There were also a lot of references to teen pop culture that girls will enjoy. If you don't have an appreciation for wry humor based on the angst of middle school, then you probably won't like this book (or "Wimpy Kid" for that matter). However, if you want a quick, witty, very funny Tween girl read, then THIS is the perfect book!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sharra Thomas

    love

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    This is obviously a quick cash-in on the Wimpy Kid craze, and it shows. Oh, it SHOWS. Though derivative, I honestly wouldn't have minded a Wimpy Kid from the female perspective, but then I remembered - we already have that in the Amelia series by Marissa Moss, which is much better written and illustrated, and not to mention heartfelt. The Dork Diaries is painfully vapid and shallow, and our protagonist Nikki is not particularly likable. I'm really not a fan of how she blames popular Mean Girl Mac This is obviously a quick cash-in on the Wimpy Kid craze, and it shows. Oh, it SHOWS. Though derivative, I honestly wouldn't have minded a Wimpy Kid from the female perspective, but then I remembered - we already have that in the Amelia series by Marissa Moss, which is much better written and illustrated, and not to mention heartfelt. The Dork Diaries is painfully vapid and shallow, and our protagonist Nikki is not particularly likable. I'm really not a fan of how she blames popular Mean Girl MacKenzie for a lot of her problems - especially her fear to register for avant-garde art contest - and I'm just tired of the Mean Girl trope anyway. Nikki's new friends Chloe and Zoey seem more interesting to me, but Nikki is oddly dismissive of some of their interests and is a worse friend to them than they are to her. Nikki's sister Brianna has a lot of personality, too - it's really Nikki herself that seems to fall the flattest, and my guess is that she's probably an empty shell mostly to appeal to the largest swath of the tween population as possible. They're no doubt popular, and Nikki and her friends have streaks of creativity, but it's still junk literature. The only positive thing I can say is that Nikki recognizes she doesn't really want to be part of the CCP (cool, cute, & popular) clique after all, so at least MOST of the messages being sent to readers are positive. There's an awful lot of materialism to contend with, though, and a colleague's description of these books as whining about "First World Problems" was spot-on.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kennedy

    Genre:Fiction Tags:Romance,Realistic Fiction Lexile Score:890L Book Review: Rachel Renee Russell's Dork Dairies:Tales from a not-so fabulous life expresses the real life of a teenage girl. A 14-year-old girl has to experience romance,drama,parties, and balancing her friends. Plot Summary:Nikki Maxwell is a 14-year-old is an example of your average teenager that is facing many different problems. She is in love with her crush, she only has two best friends, a click of girls that hate her for no reaso Genre:Fiction Tags:Romance,Realistic Fiction Lexile Score:890L Book Review: Rachel Renee Russell's Dork Dairies:Tales from a not-so fabulous life expresses the real life of a teenage girl. A 14-year-old girl has to experience romance,drama,parties, and balancing her friends. Plot Summary:Nikki Maxwell is a 14-year-old is an example of your average teenager that is facing many different problems. She is in love with her crush, she only has two best friends, a click of girls that hate her for no reason, a dream of becoming an Artist, annoying little sister, and lastly two big parties that she promised to go to on the same night and time. When Nikki promises her little sisters teacher to volunteer for a party she doesn't know that it is on the same night as her eighth grade dance. At Nikki's little sister party she is dressed up as a rat because it is a costume. So Nikki is going back and forth from party to party to complete both promises. Eventually Nikki's biggest enemy, Mackenzie, Figures out what she is doing and takes her bag that has her dress inside of it. Nikki has no choice but to then go into the dance to get her bag back from Mackenzie. Mackenzie comes behind Nikki and snatches off the rat head she had on. Everybody, including Nikki's friends and crush sees her and are very unhappy that she lied to them. After all this happened Nikki and her crush hooked up, her friends were told the truth and all misunderstandings were cleared.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Tales from a Not So Fabulous Life is the first book in the Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renée Russell. Nikki J. Maxwell is an eighth grader that recently changed schools and is now going Westchester Country Day, a private school, because her dad has an extermination contract with the school. She wants to become a part of the CCP girls, Cute, Cool and Popular girls, and she believes a new cell phone will help her do just that. She thought that her mom got her one but realizes is just a diary. It’ Tales from a Not So Fabulous Life is the first book in the Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renée Russell. Nikki J. Maxwell is an eighth grader that recently changed schools and is now going Westchester Country Day, a private school, because her dad has an extermination contract with the school. She wants to become a part of the CCP girls, Cute, Cool and Popular girls, and she believes a new cell phone will help her do just that. She thought that her mom got her one but realizes is just a diary. It’s not going to well at her school. She doesn’t have any friends, and her locker is next to Mackenzie, the most popular girl at school and a CCP girl. Nikki loves to draw and is going to sign up for the art competition. Just as she is getting ready to get a form, she sees Mackenzie getting one. Being intimidated by her, Nikki just ends up getting a form to be a library shelving assistant. Even though she wanted to do the art competition, she ends up making friends with two of the other library shelving assistants, Chloe and Zoey. Will Nikki ever be one of the CCP girls? Will Nikki get the courage to enter the art competition? Can she ever stop being shy around Brandon Roberts, her crush? I really liked this book. I wish it had more of Nikki’s sister Brianna in it. I really thought it was funny when it talked about Brianna and the tooth fairy. I thought all the drawings were cute and wished there were more of them. I loved how Nikki interacted with Brandon and how she coped with going to a new school.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maliha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is like another version of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. They are both hilarious. One of the ages I read in dork diaries cracked me up so badly I laughed out loud until my stomach hurt. I was in the library so everybody was looking at me like I am a weirdo. The part that cracked me up was when she said “Mackenzie and her crew were GGGing. Giggling, Gossiping, and Glossing.” Another part was when she was talking about Tyra Banks. She said that Tyra tells the models “you FAT worthless skanks This book is like another version of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. They are both hilarious. One of the ages I read in dork diaries cracked me up so badly I laughed out loud until my stomach hurt. I was in the library so everybody was looking at me like I am a weirdo. The part that cracked me up was when she said “Mackenzie and her crew were GGGing. Giggling, Gossiping, and Glossing.” Another part was when she was talking about Tyra Banks. She said that Tyra tells the models “you FAT worthless skanks. You will NEVER, EVER make it in the modeling industry like I did. You have NO idea how much I BLED and SUFFERED. And wipe that SMIRK off yo face before I SLAP it off you little (whatever this is) #@$%&.” It cracked me up. I love the dork diaries. I don’t read them in a particular order. I wonder if there is a fourth book to Dork Diaries. Personally I would choose the Dork Diaries series over the Diary of a wimpy kid. I don’t why. I just think that Nikki (the girl from Dork Diaries) is much much more funnier than Greg (the boy from The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.) I love the Dork Diaries. If you are a person who has a huge sense of humor and loved The Diary of a Wimpy Kid then you will love this book. The thing that strikes me funny is was that she said that she would never write in the diary ever again but she keeps on writing in it. She is like Greg in the girl and more funnier version. She just cracks me up. it nice i rate it 5 stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nichole.a

    Dork Diaries Tales from a Not so Fabulous Life is one of my favorite books. This book is more for the girls because it is from a girl’s point of view. This is the first book in this series. This book is about a girl named Nikki Maxwell who is at a new school and it not going so well. She all ready has an enemy and no friends. She also has a crush on a boy that her enemy also has a crush on. Will she get friends? Will she get the boy of her dreams? Find all the answers to your questions in the boo Dork Diaries Tales from a Not so Fabulous Life is one of my favorite books. This book is more for the girls because it is from a girl’s point of view. This is the first book in this series. This book is about a girl named Nikki Maxwell who is at a new school and it not going so well. She all ready has an enemy and no friends. She also has a crush on a boy that her enemy also has a crush on. Will she get friends? Will she get the boy of her dreams? Find all the answers to your questions in the book Dork Diaries. I really loved the lintier book but my favorite part was when her dad had to go to some ones house to do an inspection because he is a bug inspector .He has to take Nikki and her sister Brianna because he had to pick them up from the movies. When they get their dad tells them to stay in the car .Then Brianna needs the rest room. When she is in the rest room Nikki hers a voice. She thinks that she herd it before. Then she knows how it is she is so worried that she doesn’t know what to do. Want to know hose house she was in? If you do want to know read this amazing book Dork Diaries Tales from a Not so Fabulous Life!!(Don’t forget that this is the first in the series of two or three). I hope that you like the book as much as I did.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emilee O.

    I think this was a good book.! It was about a girl named Niki Maxwell who transferred to a new school. She didn't like it at first because she had no friends. Soon she found 2 great friends named Chloe and Zoey. There was a girl named Mackenzie that at first made Niki miserable, but in the end Niki tried to ignore Mackenzie so she had a better school year. She had a secret crush on a boy at her school, his name was Brandon Roberts, soon they became good friends. Niki also entered a drawing conte I think this was a good book.! It was about a girl named Niki Maxwell who transferred to a new school. She didn't like it at first because she had no friends. Soon she found 2 great friends named Chloe and Zoey. There was a girl named Mackenzie that at first made Niki miserable, but in the end Niki tried to ignore Mackenzie so she had a better school year. She had a secret crush on a boy at her school, his name was Brandon Roberts, soon they became good friends. Niki also entered a drawing contest a her school and placed 1st! She started to love her school because of all the good things that happened her. My favorite thing that happened in Dork Diaries was when Brianna, Niki's little sister, had to go to the bathroom when her dad was at a job at a costumers house. She went into the bathroom and put on cupcake body spray. When Niki realized the costumers house was Mackenzie's house she tried to get Brianna to come out of the bathroom. She did but Niki told her a little lie, that Mackenzie was the tooth fairy(Brianna is scared of tooth fairies). I didn't have a least favorite part of the story, I loved it all!

  15. 4 out of 5

    [Shai] Bibliophage

    This book series captured my attention because it mentioned that it's sort of like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Based on this first book, I think it's a subtle version of the latter and it tackles bullying issues because of the antagonist Mackenzie. I would still finish reading all the books released so far in this series. But for now, I still prefer the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series because adult readers would enjoy them more. This Dork Diaries series is more appropriate for young female kids ages 1 This book series captured my attention because it mentioned that it's sort of like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Based on this first book, I think it's a subtle version of the latter and it tackles bullying issues because of the antagonist Mackenzie. I would still finish reading all the books released so far in this series. But for now, I still prefer the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series because adult readers would enjoy them more. This Dork Diaries series is more appropriate for young female kids ages 12 and below.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Martinez

    The book i am reading is called Dork Diaries well this book is about a girl who wishes to have things but can not have them and it is also about a girl who always is mean to Nikki and that girl is the most popular girl at school and everybody is under her hands because she is the queen of the school and that is why everbody in the school is scared of her. In Dork Diaries there are a lot of events for example there are a lot of sad events that maybe will make you get tears from your eyes when you The book i am reading is called Dork Diaries well this book is about a girl who wishes to have things but can not have them and it is also about a girl who always is mean to Nikki and that girl is the most popular girl at school and everybody is under her hands because she is the queen of the school and that is why everbody in the school is scared of her. In Dork Diaries there are a lot of events for example there are a lot of sad events that maybe will make you get tears from your eyes when you read it.The first example is that when Nikki was going to go to her class to return her project she was too late and the dad also was late to take her than when they got there the school was closed because it was too late and she was in the rain with her project and she was getting all wet from the rain and she was so sad and she was also crying then a boy came next to her and cheered her up so she could stop crying and getting upset for not making it on time to her class and also to take her project that she really needed to take to the teachers who asked for the project.I visualized that when she was crying in the rain her eyes looked droopey and her whole body was freezing like a ice cube and i saw that Nikki was so tired of the rain and she really needed a hug because she was out in the rain really cold and she wanted a hug from the boy that was standing right next to her.This helps me understand that Nikki is really sad and she is also so mad at her dad for bringing her late to her school and just leaving her there. In the Dork Diaries there are a lot of fun events that i really enjoyed reading about in the book.The first example is that Nikki and her friends were planning to do a plan so they thought about it and finally they decided that they were gonna pay people so they could put tattoos on and they made a lot of money they were so happy because they were making so much money just in one day so they kept on doing the bussiness and they were getting kind of popular and that is the other reason why they were so happy but for a while they had to stop doing that for some reason that a kid had towards it and also part of it was because of the principal so that are the reasons that they had stopped being popular and also getting money.I visualized that when they were doing the tattoos there was a big smile on their faces but they were still all very focused with their work because they did not want to lose customers and their job was really going well and they could not stop until too bad they had to close it because of the mean principal.This helps me understand that their job is really important for them because it was really fun to do and they got payed really well that is why they did not want to lose it so until that day came they were so sad but they had to deal with it because they could not fight with the principal. There are also a lot of events that freak you out that you already want to know what is going to happen next.The first example is that when Nikki and her sister sneaked in Magazine's house and the worst part was that she got home they were totally freaked out but they stayed real quiet so Magazine could not see them or hear them also so then Nikki and her sister sneaked out very quietly because if they made noise then Magazine would find them and she would get so mad because they sneaked in her house with no permission but the good thing is that they got out of the house and they waited for their dad to pick them up.I visualized that Nikki and her sister were really worried and freaked out i imagined that they had a horror face and they were being as quiet as a mouse because they did not want Magazine to catch them because if she did she would get so angry and also she would make a big drama just for a little thing.This helps me understand that sneaking into a house that is not yours is bad more bad if you do not have permission so that is why Nikki should never sneak into a house no matter how she hates that person that lives in the house she sneaked in. In Conclusion,today i learned a lot of things from what i wrote but what i want to write about is that it is not good to sneak to a house with no permission because you could get into a lot of trouble for sneaking to a house so what Nikki did was wrong the good thing is that they did not catch her being in the house or getting out of the house or getting in the house. PROJECT -Mr.Mateos this is my project Hope you liked it Sincerely, Leslie M.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    As I was looking around books, I came across this book. I have not read The Diary of a Whimpy Kid series, which I'm thinking the books may be similar, except one is more for boys and one for girls. Either way, I got the book from my public library for my niece, who will be going to middle school next year (where has the time gone?) She went outside to play, so I started reading the book and really enjoyed it. It had me cracking up the whole time. I think many kids, especially in middle school can As I was looking around books, I came across this book. I have not read The Diary of a Whimpy Kid series, which I'm thinking the books may be similar, except one is more for boys and one for girls. Either way, I got the book from my public library for my niece, who will be going to middle school next year (where has the time gone?) She went outside to play, so I started reading the book and really enjoyed it. It had me cracking up the whole time. I think many kids, especially in middle school can relate to. Actually, anyone can relate to this because we've all been in similar situations. The graphics are beautiful and I too wish I could draw like Nikki :-) Being the Twilight fan that I am, there was a line on page 186 that had me cracking up..."After reading TWILIGHT, she [Chloe:] had learned that forbidden love, obsession, and sacrifice could be very messy things. Just like snot." I will definitely have my niece read this book. I think she will truly enjoy it :-)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mya

    The book that started the obsession in the first place.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mahra

    this book is for 9yo, but am 19 and i really enjoy reading it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    K. C.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I couldn't put this book down; I tried many times and failed miserably. It is a real perspective of school life from the eyes of the average teenage girl who wants to speaks out but is afraid to, a crush that the popular girl wants, "mad art skillz" (which is really hard to find in a girl protagonist nowadays; sports/ fighting and dancing and brains are always considered a "strong female protagonist", but art is never even considered "a strong point". Come on people, it's not like art is easy, i I couldn't put this book down; I tried many times and failed miserably. It is a real perspective of school life from the eyes of the average teenage girl who wants to speaks out but is afraid to, a crush that the popular girl wants, "mad art skillz" (which is really hard to find in a girl protagonist nowadays; sports/ fighting and dancing and brains are always considered a "strong female protagonist", but art is never even considered "a strong point". Come on people, it's not like art is easy, it takes years to perfect, and even then, it's still not perfect.).I could relate to character; Nikki was very believable. Without spoiling any major points, the plot is pretty much about a girl named Nikki Maxwell. Nikki is a "starving artist"(well, actually, she is just starving for a cellphone and cash to buy art supplies) who only wants to fit in with the popular kids. In her last school she wasn't so successful on that, but now, by rare and extraordinary circumstances, she is going to a brand-new school, Westchester Country Day Middle School. She has a locker next the most popular girl in school, Mackenzie. But don't think this is a story where the popular girl takes the underdog under her wing and shows the underdog that even though she isn't popular, she is still beautiful, no matter what. If you were looking for that, go find another story. Mackenzie is evil and hates Nikki's guts. She treats her like dirt, but Nikki doesn't fight back (because she is too scared to do so.) Anyway, there's an art competition coming up and both Nikki and Mackenzie are entering. The "Diaries" part of the title? Nikki receives a journal from her mom (instead of a new phone), who says her daughter needs to "express herself" more. When I read this book, I thought "Were was this when I was in middle school?!" (looking on the back cover later, I realized it came out when I was in eighth grade.)It was like reading my life story, only with minor differences. Even though Nikki and I were so much alike, there were moments were I would've fought the bratty mean girl, Mackenzie, until she cried for mercy (the stuff she does is really rotten and nothing was ever done about). And I would never allow my friends, who also want to be popular, make a roster of people (complete strangers) I, the artist , have to give "pen tattoos" to, even if it was for a good cause (the library). People can learn from this book; the title of "Queen Bee" may sound awesome, but really, it's an insult. Queen Bees are ridiculously shallow (I say this from observations, experiences with some, and, of course, this book) who are "so full of themselves" and must have self-esteem problems because they seem to enjoy putting others down and harassing others for fun. (Note to the Good Queen Bees: Don't turn evil; Queen Bees started out like everyone else, but then turned nasty and mean. So please, stay true to yourself and your real friends and you'll go far in life.) Everyone wants to be popular, but the question is: what are you willing to sacrifice for it? School cliques are going to shape you into something you're not and I believe this was executed this very well when Nikki's two best friends are greeted with the temptation of popularity. To wrap up this review, I say that book should be read be all the girls of the World because they will get something out of this book. Parents, recommend it to your children, it's that good.The book's illustrations are good too. The cover art is a bit because the artwork inside is nicer.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Wow. LOVED. IT. Well, to start off, it's about a dorky teen in eighth grade named Nikki Maxwell. She has two friends named Chloe and Zoey, whom she both met while on the job as a library shelf assistant (putting books back into their proper places on the shelves). She has a crush on the school reporter, Brandon Roberts, but feels like she's too lame for him to like her. There's a mean girl at her school, apparently the most popular, named MacKenzie Hollister, and the two are, prett A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Wow. LOVED. IT. Well, to start off, it's about a dorky teen in eighth grade named Nikki Maxwell. She has two friends named Chloe and Zoey, whom she both met while on the job as a library shelf assistant (putting books back into their proper places on the shelves). She has a crush on the school reporter, Brandon Roberts, but feels like she's too lame for him to like her. There's a mean girl at her school, apparently the most popular, named MacKenzie Hollister, and the two are, pretty much, archenemies. Throughout the book, Nikki talks the reader through what happened in school that day, and all the drama caused at- whoops, forgot to introduce the school's name(!)- the prep school, Westchester Country Days. She talks about the person she is and the person she wants to be, how embarrassing her parents are, how unfair life is, etc. She dabs in some text lingo (that I suspiciously think she thought of herself). The story mostly wraps around an art competition called Avant-Garde Art. MacKenzie and Nikki both apply for the competition, and pretty much the whole school believes Kenzie will win. She believes that herself, too, and continuously discourages Nikki and humiliates her. One day, to suck up to the librarian [insert name here] in order to be able to go to New York and get famous authors' autographs, Nikki give Chloe and Zoey cool tattoos she draws on herself (using a pen). The school then becomes interested in them, and other students apply to get them themselves. Donate books for a tattoo. When the day of the art submission comes, Nikki rides to school in her dad's roach-car (Maxwell's extermination business thingy), yes the dreaded car she absolutely didn't want to be caught in, with her rad watercolor painting. MacKenzie comes out with paintings of mannequins in her dream fashion line, Fab-4-Ever, and snickers and sneers at Nikki when the watercolor painting is crushed under a tire of the roach-car. Kenzie proceeds to submit her art, while Nikki sits, devastated, out on the sidewalk, in the rain. She finally enters the school with Brandon, who miraculously finds her sitting outside, but when she finds graffiti saying "bug girl" on her locker, she decides it is the last straw, and plans to transfer. Just when her parents are finishing the transfer sheet, Nikki spots an entry. The entry is titled "Student Body." By? Nikki Maxwell. It consists entirely of the tattoos Nikki drew onto the students before, and it is ranked NUMBER 1. NUMERO UNO. Later, in the janitor's closet Chloe and Zoey explained that they decided on the project, and entered it for Nikki, because the original painting was lost. The duo had worked on it for hours with Brandon. Nikki jokes about how she didn't get to see Kenzie's face, yadda yadda. Happy ending! Yay! But, yes, it does leave the reader with a mostly-satisfied, happy feeling, after reading the last page, where Brandon asks Nikki to work on a science lab with him and she answers.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeepz

    M picked up the first book in this series two weeks ago. She devoured it, and just finished the second book last night. I came here to look at some of the reviews, and I get the sense that they are not tween kids reading/writing them. While I think reviews from parents (and avid YA book readers in general) are a good thing, for something like this I have to go to the source: my kid. Let me first say that M really didn't like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. She read the first one, liked it well enough, but M picked up the first book in this series two weeks ago. She devoured it, and just finished the second book last night. I came here to look at some of the reviews, and I get the sense that they are not tween kids reading/writing them. While I think reviews from parents (and avid YA book readers in general) are a good thing, for something like this I have to go to the source: my kid. Let me first say that M really didn't like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. She read the first one, liked it well enough, but never finish book two and that was that. Obviously for her, Dork Diaries are different, if for no other reason that the main character is a girl, and maybe that's enough. The drama, the school intrigue, as much as I might dis it from my 40-year old dad perspective, it keeps her reading and entertained. Not only that, but I have to give her credit, she understands the drama, understands the lessons, understands the consequences of the characters' actions, and while it might be over the top, I think it's all part of story telling for this age. While there is merit in screening what your kids read, making sure it's appropriate, I think parents can go overboard on protecting their kids from books. M doesn't find this as a reading lesson in how to be whinny, or obnoxious, or mean. Rather, she sees it as a reflection of her life at school, where she has to deal with kids who are whinny, obnoxious, and mean, and hopefully does so in a positive way (or maybe her friends have to deal with her ~grin). Whether the main character in Dork Diaries does so on a regular basis or not, M is able to see it play out in the book and discern for herself what's right and wrong. So far, all I know is she's devouring the books and talking to my wife and I about them, and that's a good thing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jaiseth Zubia

    Dork Diaries is about a eigth grader that has a no so fabulous life. She is not popular(at all).She has a secret crush and she is always having a meeting with her friends in the SUPPLY CLOSET.She draws really awesome and then she sees a drawing contest and... One morning Nikki woke up had an idea to convince her in buying her an iPhone so she made breakfast for her mom. Nikki walks in the kitchen and makes pancakes,orange juice and toast. She walks in her moms room and says,"Good morning mom" Nik Dork Diaries is about a eigth grader that has a no so fabulous life. She is not popular(at all).She has a secret crush and she is always having a meeting with her friends in the SUPPLY CLOSET.She draws really awesome and then she sees a drawing contest and... One morning Nikki woke up had an idea to convince her in buying her an iPhone so she made breakfast for her mom. Nikki walks in the kitchen and makes pancakes,orange juice and toast. She walks in her moms room and says,"Good morning mom" Nikki gives her the food and says,"Mom can I preety please have a iPhone" Her mom stays in shock drops her jaw as if it would touch the ground!!!!!" Her mom said no so Nikki told her why and her mom said because they do not have enough money to afford it. She leaves and gets ready for school. After school Nikki's mom had a present for her.She tought it was a new phne ,but instead she got her a dumb DIARIE!!Luckuly Nikki found a cell TOTALLY FOR FREE it was big but it fitted in her locker. There is one problem tough, IT IS A PAY PHONE!!!! Ring...Ring went the phone in front of Mackensie she told Nikki to answer so she did. If you want to know what happens next you have to read it SORRY!!!! This book connects with me becauseNikki is just like me because she is always beging her mom for a phone.Nikki is also like me because we are both very nice friends and very shy.Nkki is also like me because she always has big dreams for herself and her future. I would recommend this book to all the girls in this school because it is awesome and any girl will adore it!!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    Last year, these books were actually my favorite series. I enjoyed reading stories of a tee- aged girl, who had to go through numerous ups and downs due to her level of unpopularity. In addition,this other really popular girl HATES her with all her life. Staying in this school has become a problem fro Nikki since her father is actually a pest control guy with a truck that has a huge bug on top of the truck- another reason she hates her life in this school. And the worst part is that she is in th Last year, these books were actually my favorite series. I enjoyed reading stories of a tee- aged girl, who had to go through numerous ups and downs due to her level of unpopularity. In addition,this other really popular girl HATES her with all her life. Staying in this school has become a problem fro Nikki since her father is actually a pest control guy with a truck that has a huge bug on top of the truck- another reason she hates her life in this school. And the worst part is that she is in this school where all of the really rich parents send their children. But she is here on a full scholarship. In the end, she does a bunch of really cool body tatoos on some students and people start paying her for them. Her friends begin to take pictures of the body art. She becomes popular for her amazingly good artwork and then it turns out that her friends entered the pictures of the body art she did in the big art garde art contest. Nikki didnt sign up because she felt intimidated by the way the popular girl was showing off her cool fashion. So Nikki didnt enter. Finally, she won the art contest and it was a big suprise for her and all. And she even got the attention and friendship of her big crush.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com Nikki Maxwell is going to a new private school. She wants to be accepted into the popular group but she believes that in order to do that she needs an expensive cell phone, a new wardrobe, and a new family. She finds out the hard way who her real friends are and how her mad skillz in art can help her be accepted. My fifth grade boys love DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, and this is a series I can introduce to my girls, which is written in the same style. Nikki i Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com Nikki Maxwell is going to a new private school. She wants to be accepted into the popular group but she believes that in order to do that she needs an expensive cell phone, a new wardrobe, and a new family. She finds out the hard way who her real friends are and how her mad skillz in art can help her be accepted. My fifth grade boys love DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, and this is a series I can introduce to my girls, which is written in the same style. Nikki is likable but can be annoying at times, which makes me like her even more. She isn't perfect but yet gets what is important in life. She has two great friends, who again aren't perfect, but are very realistic. Between her and her two friends they get themselves into a lot of humorous situations that many middle schoolers can identify with. I enjoyed this book a lot and hope to have many copies next year to share with my class.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    Do you like drama, exaggeration, or art? Well this book has all of it. Dork Diaries is a great book for tweens/teens girls. You should read this book because the art work is amazing and the story line has a great story to tell. This would be perfect for people who don't fit in that much with the crowd. *Spoiler Alert* There is a boy that Nikki (main character) likes and ends up with being boyfriend and girlfriend. *More Spoiler Alerts* Nikki has " friends" that ditch her because of going with th Do you like drama, exaggeration, or art? Well this book has all of it. Dork Diaries is a great book for tweens/teens girls. You should read this book because the art work is amazing and the story line has a great story to tell. This would be perfect for people who don't fit in that much with the crowd. *Spoiler Alert* There is a boy that Nikki (main character) likes and ends up with being boyfriend and girlfriend. *More Spoiler Alerts* Nikki has " friends" that ditch her because of going with the popular kids. Also her so-called friends got their popularity because of Nikki's artwork of Pen-Tattoos. If you want to hear more then you got to go to your library and read, read, READ! This is Kayleigh signing out.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gideon

    I. would. say. this. is. a diary. of. a. whimpy. kid. parady

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chynna

    Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel R. Russell Reading Response by Chynna This book is the first in the Dork Diaries series that currently consists of Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl, and Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star. This is Nikki's diary. Through sketches and diary entries, Nikki tells about her struggles being the new girl (/dork) at her brand-new private middle school (that she Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel R. Russell Reading Response by Chynna This book is the first in the Dork Diaries series that currently consists of Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl, and Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star. This is Nikki's diary. Through sketches and diary entries, Nikki tells about her struggles being the new girl (/dork) at her brand-new private middle school (that she can only afford to go to because of the new school exterminator's, A.K.A. her DAD'S, contract), dealing with the mean girl that everyone at school seems to love EXCEPT Nikki, Mackenzie, who just so happens to hate her right back, and confessing the truth to her secret crush, Brandon. Along the way, Nikki makes two amazing new friends, Chloe and Zoey, and they instantly click! Mackenzie, meanwhile, has plans to win the school art competition. Can Nikki defeat her arch rival? I recommend this great book about a girl facing the challenges of middle school to girls that like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    Nikki has started a new school and for starting a new school her mom gets her a diary. It definitely wasn't the cell phone she wanted, but she writes in it anyway. Nikki doesn't think she fits in at the school and has to deal with the popular girl at the school, who is pretty mean to her. How much worse can life get for Nikki? I've read the first few books in The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and loved them. When I found out about this series, I decided to give it a try since I greatly enjoyed The D Nikki has started a new school and for starting a new school her mom gets her a diary. It definitely wasn't the cell phone she wanted, but she writes in it anyway. Nikki doesn't think she fits in at the school and has to deal with the popular girl at the school, who is pretty mean to her. How much worse can life get for Nikki? I've read the first few books in The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and loved them. When I found out about this series, I decided to give it a try since I greatly enjoyed The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Dork Diaries is a lot like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but it is the girl version. I think it is just as funny as Wimpy Kid and I enjoyed every second of reading it. I couldn't put it down. I love the book and Nikki, even if she overacts to things. She is different than Greg from Wimpy Kid, though. Greg can be very selfish and while I think Nikki can be that way sometimes to, she is not like Greg. The things she does are funny, though and her overacting. I think fans of Wimpy Kid will love this book. I know I did.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becky Soledad

    I imagine this book is what would result if Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Mean Girls had a baby. Nikki has just started out at a brand new private school. She only got in because her dad did some exterminating for the school. She is desperate to become part of the popular crowd, which is hard since she doesn't shop at the hottest mall shops and her dad drives a van with a giant roach on top. Much like Greg from Wimpy Kid fame she tries several different ways to make sure that she joins the popular cr I imagine this book is what would result if Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Mean Girls had a baby. Nikki has just started out at a brand new private school. She only got in because her dad did some exterminating for the school. She is desperate to become part of the popular crowd, which is hard since she doesn't shop at the hottest mall shops and her dad drives a van with a giant roach on top. Much like Greg from Wimpy Kid fame she tries several different ways to make sure that she joins the popular crowd and much like Greg her attempts almost never turn out quite the way she planned. I can see this being very popular with the upper elementary/middle school crowd. There were a few things that bothered me keeping this from 4 stars. First was the overuse of the phrase "but I said this in my head so no one heard me" Nikki says a lot in her head and while I appreciate her keeping her wild outbursts to herself I feel like there could have been another way to say this every single chapter.

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