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Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life (Dork Diaries Series #1)

( 1972 )

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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!

Nikki confesses all in her first diary ever: her epic battle with her mom for an iPhone, meeting her new soon-to-be BFFs Chloe and Zoey, falling for adorably sweet crush Brandon, dealing with her zany little sister Brianna’s antics—and the immediate ...

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Overview

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!

Nikki confesses all in her first diary ever: her epic battle with her mom for an iPhone, meeting her new soon-to-be BFFs Chloe and Zoey, falling for adorably sweet crush Brandon, dealing with her zany little sister Brianna’s antics—and the immediate clashes with mean girl Mackenzie, who becomes Nikki’s rival in a schoolwide art competition.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
Have you ever felt like a dork? In Dork Diaries, Rachel Russell has created a humorous account of the middle school years. If you have ever been left out of a clique, not invited to the party of the season, or wondered where to sit in the school cafeteria, you will understand how Nikki Maxwell feels when she starts classes at a new school. She does not know a single person and her outfit is not cool enough to fit with the popular girls. What can a dork do to win friends and influence people? While Nikki does not make it to the top clique at Westchester Day School, her account of surviving the perils of middle school is hilarious. She makes friends, creates a sensation with her amazing tattoos, and connects with a cool boy named Brandon. And even though she is not the most popular girl in school, Nikki remains true to herself and to her ideals. Young readers struggling through the middle school jungle will love Nikki Maxwell immediately. After all, what reader can resist a charming, inquisitive, self-proclaimed dork? Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8–Fourteen-year-old Nikki J. Maxwell has been awarded a scholarship to a prestigious private middle school as a part of her father’s bug extermination contract. Her angst as she deals with the 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 likable character. She is shallow and self-centered and fails to show any growth in the book, even as she one-ups popular and cruel MacKenzie in the end. In fact, Nikki, who steals her neighbor’s hearing aid and plays pranks on her little sister, is somewhat of a mean girl herself. All the other characters are underdeveloped, including Nikki’s family and her new BFFs, Chloe and Zoey. Black-and-white drawings, which are often witty, appear throughout the text, which is printed on lined pages as though from a diary. Fans of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams) may enjoy this book, but it’s an additional purchase.–Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews
When her father barters enrollment in a prestigious private school in exchange for his bug-extermination services, Nikki suddenly finds her life in turmoil. At Westchester Country Day, Nikki encounters uber-snobbish MacKenzie, the archetypal mean girl and her pack of "CCP"-Nikki's acronym for the cute, cool and popular-friends. Nikki chronicles all of her new-girl angst and trepidations as well as her fledgling crush in her diary. Russell's narrative deftly captures the winsome vulnerability of a girl perched on the cusp of teenhood. The comical sketches, executed a la Diary of a Wimpy Kid, add an element of self-deprecating humor to the tale. An abundance of up-to-the-minute pop-cultural references threatens to date this novel quickly. Nikki's ultimate realization that she needs to be true to herself comes across as genuine rather than contrived, however, so despite its modern trappings, Nikki's journey of self-discovery will appeal to preadolescent readers struggling to find their places in the world. (Fiction. 9-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416980063
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Series: Dork Diaries Series , #1
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,276
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Renée Russell is an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. (Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pajamas and bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court.) Rachel lives in Chantilly, Virginia.

Rachel Renée Russell is an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. (Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pajamas and bunny slippers aren’t allowed in court.) Rachel lives in Chantilly, Virginia.

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FRIDAY, AT HOME, 6:05 A.M.

OMG!!

I just had the most HORRIFIC nightmare!

The worst in my entire life!

I’m soooo FREAKED OUT I can barely write this.

I’m having cold sweats, my heart is pounding, and my brain is … numb with such intense … anguish it feels like it’s about to, um … EXPLODE!

WHY?!

I DREAMED I LOST MY DIARY AT SCHOOL ?!!!!!!

YES!! At SCHOOL!! Like, how CRAZY is THAT?!

The weird thing is that it seems like it actually happened. Because as soon as I woke up, all these detailed memories came flooding into my head, making me feel even more confused.

I can’t imagine NOT writing in my diary! It’s like I’m addicted or something.

In my dream I was so desperate that I found Brianna’s old doodle book at the bottom of her toy box and started writing in that instead.

But mostly I was FRANTIC that someone would find my diary and read all the SUPERpersonal, SUPERembarrassing, SUPERsecret stuff about

AAAHHH!!

That was me screaming.

WHY?

Because if I’m writing in BRIANNA’S DOODLE BOOK, that can mean only one thing….

I LOST MY DIARY

AT SCHOOL

YESTERDAY ?!!

AAAHHH!!!

© 2011 Rachel RenÉe Russell

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    All my friends love it!!

    I got this book and my friend picked it up,read a page and said "I need this book".This book was brilliant with some humor added in there.I reccoomend this to the girls who read dear dumb diary but need something more advanced now.

    120 out of 152 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Great

    I loved this book it was super funny i recommend it to people ages 9 to maybe 15

    98 out of 129 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    A must read for girls!!!!!!

    Best journal book out there for girls!The book is funny and is east to relate to!!! Great for girls of all ages!It will always be one of my favorites!

    76 out of 98 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Cant Put Down

    My daughter is 7 & just got this book she hasn't been able to put it down. She's very girly & liked the whimpy boy series but wished he was a she when we spotted this book it was great & she is enjoying every moment. I would recommend this to any little girl...

    64 out of 81 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2011

    Love love love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#10000000000

    This is the funieist book ever I rank it #1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

    57 out of 107 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    this book was very good. love the illustrations. Can't wait to read the next.

    54 out of 70 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Excellent & Recommended

    Bought for my 6th grade daughter to due her monthly book report on. She not only enjoyed it, but also had a blast reading it. She laughed throughout the whole book and is looking forward for the next one to come out.

    48 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    I love it!!!!!

    A must read,good funny book we can all relate to.

    (:

    34 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    This is THE most......

    I have read this book and it is amazing to me. It is one of my favorite books. I usually bring it every where!

    31 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Really liked

    Dork diaries is a great and funny book. Its great for children around preteens. I really liked this book.

    30 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    Really cute book!

    I picked up this book yesterday, and it's really hard for me to put it down! The characters are cool, and Nikki, the main character, is a character that most likely all girls could relate to. The author (writing as Nikki), writes with charm and hilarity. The illustrations are super cute, and the whole diary-style set-up makes for a quick, entertaining read. I recommend this book to girls ages 11 and up. It's really good!

    26 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Perfect for teens, tweens & YA lovers.

    Eighth grader Nikki Maxwell candidly shares with us the journaling of her no-so-fabulous days at her new private school Westchester Day School. Nikki's father, being the new exterminator, earned her a scholarship to a school where she doesn't fit in with the rich and snobby CCP (Cute, Cool & Popular) clique led by the snarky Mackenzie.

    Nikki knows that in order to dazzle the new crowd into accepting her she needs a new iPhone but her `rents stubbornly refuse to buy her one. Her Mom even goes so far as to tell her that if she really wants one she'll have to save up and buy it with her own money. Ugh!

    Just when everything seems to be doomed the school announces a school-wide art competition where the first prize is $500!! Nikki knows she's totally got this since she's an artist with plenty art camp experience. Nikki runs to the school office to sign up and who does she run into??? None other than Mackenzie. No way is she brave enough to compete against the queen bee of WDS. Can she turn one disaster after another into triumph?

    Dork Diaries is simply fabulous! I've been in Nikki's shoes a time or two as I changed schools 8 different times while growing up so I can totally sympathize with being new girl on the block. At least my Dad didn't drive me to school with a giant roach on top of his van.

    The entire book is Nikki's diary filled with hilarious stories and amazing drawings (also illustrated by Rachel Renee Russell). It's the perfect read for young girls who agonize over not being part of the in-crowd like I used to. Nikki goes from the zero to a hero and then finally settles nicely into her niche as a typical teen. I recommend this read for all YA lovers.

    26 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Smk

    Awesome !

    25 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!

    This book is an outstanding!
    Once you read it you cant stop!

    22 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2011

    Good!!!!

    This is an amazing book and im 9 and i would totly recomend this book

    21 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2009

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    This book is awesome

    i love this book it is awesome. it's a really good book. the author actually understands the reader. once you start reading the book you cant stop. it's just so interesting. I hope that there will be another Dork Diaries!!! :-)=)

    16 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    This book rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*
    *a lot

    15 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Worst book ever

    This book is copying diary of wimpy kid. In the beginning of diary of a wimpy kid, he talks about his mom getting him a journal and how he doesnt want it, and that is EXACTLY how this book starts. And the main character, Nikki, is super ungrateful, negative, shallow, and she only thinks about herself. This is your typical tween book- girl goes to new school, has no friends, has a crush, hates the popular girl. It was too much like other books and movies out there. The author was obviously trying very hard to sound like a teenage girl and she failed. And also everything was super exaggerated. At my junior high school, its true that some people are more popular than others, but there is no "queen bee" like Mackenzie-there isnt one person who everyone knows and who is mean to everybody. Most people have a lot of friends because they are nice. Nobody goes down the halls shouting insults about peoples clothes. I thought it was dumb that Nikki hated Mackenzie because she was mean but Nikki is really mean. The humor, if any, was dumb. (Im so broke, i have a milkshake at McDonalds on layaway!!!) If you want to read a funny diary about a girl, try the dear dumb diary books- they are hilarious!!!! :)

    14 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Cool book

    I liked this book because is was good

    14 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

    you should totally get it it is so awesome you can read it over and over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    14 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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