Monday, July 5, 2010

Book Review: DORK Diaries - Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl

By: Rachel Renee Russell
Published by Simon and Schuster
Released on June 2010
Source: Simon and Schuster
Age Range: 12 and up
5 Stars- This is one book I will read again & again.

Synopsis (from Simon and Schuster):

Recipe for disaster:
4 parties.
Add 2 friends and 1 crush.
Divide by 1 mean girl out to RUIN Nikki.
Mix well, put fingers over eyes, and CRINGE!

Settled in at her new school and flanked by awesome friends Chloe and Zoey, life is looking up for Nikki Maxwell, especially since her crush, Brandon, asked her to be his lab partner—a seriously awesome development. However, when Nikki overhears mean girl Mackenzie bragging that Brandon's taking her to the Halloween dance, a bummed Nikki signs on to spend Halloween at a kids' party with her little sister, Brianna, instead. After she finds out Mackenzie was lying and her dream of going to the party with Brandon could be a reality, Nikki has two events to juggle . . . plus plenty of other entertaining trials and tribulations along the way!

What a wonderful follow up to the first DORK Diaries book (our review of the first book). The diary and illustration format remains the same but the storyline gets even better. In the second installment, all of the characters are back - Nikki and her friends, Chloe and Zoey, Nikki's crush Brandon and oh, yes, even the antagonist, MacKenzie.

My daughter and I loved reading through the mess Nikki finds herself in once she discovers that she's over-booked herself for multiple events and that well, let's face it, one of them includes Brandon. It's such a relatable plot line for most tweens and Nikki's voice is so genuine. She is that talented, funny and slightly awkward girl that most of us remember from our own Middle School years. I especially loved reading her "self talk" voice, you know the one that says what she's really thinking only not outloud.

Rachel has penned a book that both mothers and daughters can enjoy. For me it was a stroll down memory lane of the uncomfortable situations and social pitfalls of Middle School. For my daughter, it's served as a place holder for the experiences she's yet to come across.

Both of us are looking forward to Renee's next installment of DORK Diaries. If you haven't picked up these books yet, please do. I know you and your tween will enjoy them as much as my daughter and I did.


  1. This book looks so cute! I'm so glad she enjoyed it.

  2. Just added it to my to read list!

  3. Katie (MundieMoms), she and I both thank you so much for the ARC. She loves it and has put it on her "special books" shelf. Best not to ask. LOL.

    Kathy - I think you will LOVE the series.


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