*Note, while I will try to avoid major spoilers, I sometimes won't be able to help it.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

"Dork Diaries" by Rachel Renee Russel

In case you haven’t heard, this series is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls.  Nikki documents in her life through journal entries and pictures.  As much as I love Greg, I was glad to see that Nikki is the complete opposite of him.  Nikki is smart, polite and a pretty average middle schooler.  She often finds herself facing embarrassment at the hands of the school’s most popular girl, Mackenzie.  She does crazy things like painting an old hearing aid so that it looks like a blue tooth device- and develops a rash for her efforts.  

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life focuses as Nikki develops her friendship with Chloe and Zoey.  The three work in the school library (though it seems like they spend more time gossiping that shelving, but that makes sense for their characters) and accidently develop a “tattoo” business that ends up taking over all of Nikki's time.  Sometimes they have a difficult time maintaining their friendship, but of course everything works out in the end.

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl  finds Nikki involved in the planning of her school’s Halloween dance.  But wouldn't you know it, she ends up putting herself in a situation where she will need to be in two places at once.  How does she change this?  By making it so she now has to be in three places- all at the same time!  This sort of thing is what you will find all over this series.

I really enjoyed these books.  I see a lot of girls reading the Wimpy Kid books but have also run across a high number of girls that aren’t interested in that humor.  I usually point those girls towards Rachel Renee Russel's books and usually find that these are right up their alley.  I like that they don’t really have any questionable content but are still a lot of fun.  I hope to find the time to finish the series.

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