How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller

How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller

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by Julia DeVillers
     
 

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Formerly ordinary fourteen-year-old Jamie Bartlett isn't so ordinary anymore. Ever since she wrote a story about Isabella (aka IS), the stereotype-defying, popular-girl-crushing super teen, Jamie's life hasn't been the same. Suddenly she's doing interviews and book signings, flying to L.A. to hang out with celebrities, and dating Marco Vega, the hottest guy in

Overview

Formerly ordinary fourteen-year-old Jamie Bartlett isn't so ordinary anymore. Ever since she wrote a story about Isabella (aka IS), the stereotype-defying, popular-girl-crushing super teen, Jamie's life hasn't been the same. Suddenly she's doing interviews and book signings, flying to L.A. to hang out with celebrities, and dating Marco Vega, the hottest guy in school! But will all of this attention go to Jamie's head? Or will she take a lesson from IS and remember that there's more to life than popularity?

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From the Publisher
"Wonderful fun! Aspiring novelists will love it." (Meg Cabot, author of the Princess Diaries series) "It's chick lit at its most fun: delightful, wild, and funny, with just enough jolts of reality to touch your heart." (Francine Pascal, author of the Fearless and Sweet Valley High series)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142403327
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/06/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
627,803
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
HL530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt

High school freshman's manuscript sells to Parker Press following a frenzied bidding war. According to a Parker spokesperson, the manuscript by Whittaker High School student Jameson Bartlett will be the lead title on its summer list. . . . I dropped the pager on the desk.
Buzzing, my head is buzzing. . . .
"I think she's going to pass out!" I vaguely heard Malik say. "Stand back, everybody!"
"Jamie, breathe!" Harmony said.
Breathe. Breathe. Book. Sold. Lead. Title. Jameson. Bartlett. Me. Breathe.
So, yes, well. That was how I found out that I was about to be a published author. I got more details in the principal's office. Principal Litagaki and Miss Gallagher were in the office, jumping up and down. No, seriously, you never would have known it was a principal and an English teacher. They looked like they were trying out for Poms. They gave me the scoop. The agent had sent my story to some big publishing companies. They got all excited over it. They had an instant bidding war, which is what happens when more than one publisher wants to buy your book. So there I was in school all day, worrying about gym, not knowing I was involved in some publishing battle. I felt kind of like Helen of Troy.
Un. Be. Lievable.

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Julia DeVillers lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book thinking I would'nt like it, but turned out I loved it! I read it all at night! And I hardly like reading. + I'm only 13!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I got it from the library a day ago and i already finished it. I couldn't put it down. I liked all of the book there wasn't a part i didn't like. Also my name is Jamie too! : )
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is genious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As much as I loved the movie, it was nothing compared to the book! In the book, Jamie really makes a difference for at least one person's life who maybe wasn't always so nice to her but needed Jamie's help in the end. Even though that sounds kind of corny, it really isn't because the book is just so interesting to read.
lovegirl12 More than 1 year ago
\Love this book  This is a good book I think this a good book for middle school kids. this book is really good. i got it for my library  thinking oh i think i shouldn’t have gotten this book. but i read it anyway and its really good. i feel that Julia wrote this book really good and i felt like i was jamie when she fell off the wall ( its at the end oops sorry) i felt bad for her! i really wish there was a 2nd book! I was really funny and sad at the same time.As much as I loved the movie, it was nothing compared to the book! In the book, Jamie really makes a difference for at least one person's life who maybe wasn't always so nice to her but needed Jamie's help in the end. Even though that sounds kind of corny, it really isn't because the book is just so interesting to read.I'm very pleased by this book. It had a neat message, that saying, popularity isn't everything, and to just be yourself. The movie had some points that it touched basis with the book, but hardly anything else related. The movie was quite terrible in my opinion, and the book had more meaning. I loved this book. Especially when Jamie helped out the one girl who felt she had to run away!I can't decide if i like the book or the movie better. I like that in the book she has a sister not a brother. In the movie Marco seemed a lot nicer. I do think i liked the book better. Its a great book for middle school kids. I saw the movie like 3 times 'cause it was on so much. But the book never said anything about Is turning evil like she did in the movie. The book was way better than the movie.This is the perfect book for the pre teen age to read.I would kill to be Jamie, she has fame, fortune, and is getting the attention of the school instead of the evil witch Sawyer Sullivan. She gives His fans great advice, gets a really really really hot guy, and happens to lose her friends in the midst of it all. But whatever. She makes up with her friends in the end and dumps the guy because he wasn't her type. I wish I were like Is because even though she's not the most popular girl in school, she has really cute clothes,and the most important thing of all magical powers. What else could a girl ask for. Theres plenty of things other girls would ask for but i would ask to be like Isabella. You should read this book. Trust me you won't be sorry. Then if you haven't already I recommend you watch the movie Read it and Weep.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I neva ectually read the book but I saw the movie on Disney Channel. Kay Panabaker rocked it... so maybe the book was just as good or better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm very pleased by this book. It had a neat message, that saying, popularity isn't everything, and to just be yourself. The movie had some points that it touched basis with the book, but hardly anything else related. The movie was quite terrible in my opinion, and the book had more meaning. I loved this book. Especially when Jamie helped out the one girl who felt she had to runaway!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! I like the book much better than the movie because it's more realistic without the alter ego thing, ans IS doesn't end up having a bad life like the movie says. I think that the book is better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved htis book. It was so great and it seamed realistic without any magic or anything. I really recommend it to teens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this was a very good book and an outstanding movie. I love it when they actually make a movie out of the book, but I personally recommend that you always read the book first, it makes the movie better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
awsome book but i hated the movie so get the book and dump the movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book because it shows how middle school is and how it can be togh sometines.Also its a good book for girls 10 and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so much better than the movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. I f you like it, the you should see the movie on disney starring Danielle and Kay Panabaker, as IS and Jamie! The movie is almost the same, except has some extra scenes, and some parts cut out. Over all it is a great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is really good.... it makes you want to keep reading and reading.. you can't seem to put it down.... Disney Channel has made a movie out of it.. called Read It and Weep.... its just like the book.... the movie was also really good i recommend you read and watch it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was okay, but I liked the movie better. I was actually kind of disappointed when I read the book. It wasn't really exciting. The movie is much better!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't decide if i like the book or the movie better. I like that in the book she has a sister not a brother. In the movie Marco seemed a lot nicer. I do think i liked the book better. Its a great book for middle school kids. I saw the movie like 3 times 'cause it was on so much. But the book never said anything about Is turning evil like she did in the movie. The book was waaaaaay better than the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I THOUGHT THE BOOK WAS GOOD............THE MOVIE TOO...BUT TO ME THE MOVIE IS BETTER.....I THOUGHT WOULD BE A PAGE TURNER BUT NOT REALLY, IT WAS TOO PREDICITABLE =[
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is getting a whole lot of attention because of the movie.The movie is great,so the book has to be close. Most everthing is the same except for in the book she has a sister named Allie,and in the movie she has a brother nsmed Lenny, I personally like the brother better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was excellent and it inspired me to start writing in my own journal! The movie was really good too but I would rather read the book because it had a lot more detail! I would suggest this book for middle schoolers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen the movie and it was awesome the book is too.