MG Book Review: Dork Diaries

1416980067Diaries are both mysterious and popular.  There is a fascination with reading another person’s diary.  There have been many television show episodes dedicated to a spouse, a sibling, a parent, or a friend reading someone’s diary and finding out a big secret.

Diaries are not only popular on the television screen.  Throughout literature, diaries have been used to tell a story or two.  The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney are joined today by Rachel Renee Russell’s debut Dork Diaries.

It’s not easy being a dork.  For some, not fitting in with the popular kids can be the worst feeling in the world.  It’s like walking the Green Mile to Dorkville, population you and only you.  Thanks to Amanda Bynes’ movie Sydney White, the dork stigma is less negative than it was years ago.  It’s kind of cool to be a dork.

The protagonist Nikki Maxwell might need some convincing of that.  Dork Diaries follows Nikki through her first weeks at her new private school where she feels totally alone.  A talented artist, Nikki’s diary captures the melodrama that is an eighth grader’s life.

Top 5 Signs You Are a Dork According to Nikki Maxwell

5.  You work in the school library.

4.  You work in the school cafeteria and all of your food covers you from head to toe.

3.  The school newspaper’s photographer takes a photo of you covered in food.

2.  Your dad drives a car with a bug on top.

1.  You’re not invited to THE party of the year hosted by the most popular girl in the eighth grade.

In spite of her dorky status, Nikki is an enjoyable character who finds her stride at Westchester Country Day School with two great new friends in her corner.

And for the romance lovers, there is a budding romance in Nikki’s life.

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Dork Diaries, filled with wonderful drawings, is a fun, quick-paced read that allows you to experience Nikki’s dorktastic life through her eyes.  By the time I finished reading, I didn’t find Nikki quite as dorky as she thinks.  She helped remind me that it’s really important to be yourself and be happy with who you really are.

Return to The Brown Bookshelf on Friday, June 5, 2009 when Nikki and Rachel will stop by as part of their online blog tour promoting Dork Diaries.   Leave a comment on today’s blog or Friday’s blog to have a chance at winning a copy of Dork Diaries along with Nikki’s purse filled with several great items.  I loved my purse and so did my little cousin who laid claim to it for all of the pink goodness inside.  The winner will be chosen and announced on Monday, June 15, 2009.


21 thoughts on “MG Book Review: Dork Diaries

  1. Oooh, I’d love to win a copy of this for my daughter! She’s VERY much into diary books now. She’s read all 3 Diary of a Wimpy Kid books!

  2. Oooh, I have to come back on Friday. My god-daughter will LOVE to get her hands on this book. Plus a purse? Pink goodness?

    I’m so excited for RRR! The author is so talented. Well deserved! I have a good feeling about this book!

  3. Carla, don’t put me in for the prize giveaway – I just wanted to drop in and say that it’s great to be featuring one of our fellow AACBWI members! Lots of good authors are on the come-up in the group and RRR is kicking it off for us.

  4. Great review…and funny :-). I think my 8 year old daughter would love this (and me too)..Congrats Rachel (and I’m going to stop back on Friday!!) sounds like a cool movie as well. If I don’t win, I’m still going to purchase the book :-). Hmm, wondering if I was a dork? lol..Have a great day!

  5. Congratulations on your debut, Rachel! I am so excited for you. I’ve got 3 girls with such different personalities–we’d love to get our hands on Nikki’s purse! I’ll bet there’s something perfect in there for each on of them.

    Much success,

  6. Hey, gonna pass as well for the giveaway. Wanted to support Rachel as well. Good luck everyone and congrats again, Rachel.

  7. Just checking in :-). I’d like to thank the Brown Bookself for featuring Dork Diaires. To everyone who has commented here, thank you for your encouragement and support.

  8. Wow!! Looks like a awesome book!!! Love the cover it’s PINK!! Can’t wait to read it I’m gonna go buy it tomorrow.

  9. this preview was so awesome i want to buy the book and never put it down it was so cooolllll go racheelll i love this book keep on making them they are awesome\

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