Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life – Rachel Renee Russell

dork-diaries-book-1-pink-cover__140325175756-275x398This is the first book in a very funny series aimed at middle schoolers. The books represent the diary of 14-year-old Nikki Maxwell and, in addition to text, feature drawings, doodles and comic strips chronicling her life. In this one, Nikki is unhappy her father arranged a scholarship for her to attend a private middle school as part of the contract for his bug extermination services. Nikki doesn’t fit in with the wealthy students like popular but mean, MacKenzie Hollister. MacKenzie labels Nikki a “Dork” and tries to make her life miserable especially when the boy she likes seems to prefer Nikki instead. Things get better when Nikki makes a couple of friends, but the school art competition pits her against MacKenzie who is determined to win at any cost. This author absolutely nails the middle school voice. I could relate to Nikki and her drama even as an adult and found myself laughing out loud more than once. A light, funny read for any age.

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