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Grade 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
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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.
I skimmed the reviews, was pleased with the high rating and grabbed this book for my third grader. I wish I had paid more attention to the negative reviews. Read morePublished 1 day ago by AvidReader
My Daughter bought these as the girl's version of Wimpy Kid.... She says it's pretty good, but she likes "Diary of a Wimpy" Kid much better.Published 5 days ago by M. Masloski
Great book for 3rd-5th graders, especially girls, many reading levels and interests.Published 8 days ago by Roderic Rinehart
If the youth are reading this, I am frightened of how shallow they will grow up to be.Published 8 days ago by Rachel Reads Ravenously
I read this book non-stop for 3 hours stright! Its the best book ever! There is so much humor, and excitement! Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mermaid Girl
i have not read this book fully but took a sample. i knew this book is already great that why i gave a five star(i did not mean the five star chocolate). Read morePublished 15 days ago by leeinmi