Sofia, the Blogtastic Blogger, is back in this follow-up to Gossip from the Girls’ Room (2011). This time she swears against spreading gossip, but an overheard conversation about an exchange student is too juicy to ignore. In her private pre-blogging notebook, chock full of doodled illustrations, Sofia obsesses about popularity, boys, and a mean girl whose main offense appears to be fruit-scented hair. The style recalls the Wimpy Kid series but lacks its sympathetic narrator, engaging characters, or slapstick humor. Still, there is high demand for journal-style books, and fans of the first book may gravitate to this one. --Suzanne Harold
School Library Journal, February 2012:
"The lightweight plot skips along steadily, and the black-and-white sketches on lined notebooklike paper add appeal. Cooper’s uncanny ability to think, illustrate, and blog like a middle schooler shines through in Sofia’s charming, comical voice. Fans of Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series (Abrams) as well as other diary-related books should find this one especially attractive, while the short, easy format will appeal to reluctant readers."