From School Library Journal
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TALES FROM A NOT-SO-POPULAR PARTY GIRL by Rachel Renee Russell
Age Recommendation: Grades 6+
Release Date: 6/8/10
Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
Rating: 5 Stars
This is the second installment of the DORK DIARIES, the girls version of the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
books for boys.
It is written in a diary form with drawings. When I told my fifth grade girls that I had the second book in the series, they got very excited, since most of them had already read the first installment.
Nikki is the heroine of this series. She is in middle school and is a great artist. She has two BFFs, Chloe and Zoey, and a crush on a popular boy named Brandon. There is also a queen bee named MacKenzie. Nikki gets involved with the Halloween dance. She has to plan and organize it - and MacKenzie wants her to fail.
The story is told in a very charming way and has a lot of good cultural references. You want to root for Nikki and boo MacKenzie. The story is a little unrealistic, but I still accepted it hook, line, and sinker.
I enjoy this series and so do all the girls I have given it to. So curl up and enjoy this very funny story!
Gr 5-8–This book continues in the same vein as the first, sharing many of its flaws. In this installment, Nikki volunteers to help with the Halloween dance but overextends herself by committing to multiple duties in different places on the same night. Presented in diary format, the lined-paper pages and manga-style illustrations provide levity, but too frequently Nikki’s adventures slip from amusing into improbable farce. The simplistic and highly unrealistic story; flat characters; and predictable ending will not appeal to readers who can handle the fairly advanced vocabulary. Strictly for fans of the first book.–Natasha Forrester, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
-SLJ Sept 2010