Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell
Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

81%

17 Critic Reviews

...she goes through so much drama in her life and makes you laugh. I would recommend this to Dork Diaries fans, Tom Gates fans and anyone who likes a good comedy book.
-Guardian

Synopsis

Meet Nikki Maxwell! She’s starting eighth grade at a new school—and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in this SUPER SQUEE updated edition of 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.

Nearly 30 million books in print worldwide!
 

About Rachel Renée Russell

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Rachel Renee Russell is an attorney who prefers writing children’s books to legal briefs. She currently resides in Michigan.
 
Published May 20, 2009 by Aladdin. 353 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Dork Diaries
All: 17 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 0

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by cupcakekate on Dec 19 2014

...she goes through so much drama in her life and makes you laugh. I would recommend this to Dork Diaries fans, Tom Gates fans and anyone who likes a good comedy book.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Bookworm Reader on Nov 02 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to read another Dork Diaries book! I would definitely recommend it, though it only took me two days to read!

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Butterfly Rainbow on Dec 17 2012

I liked this book because it is vastly HILARIOUS! I also love the illustrations in the book...I would recommend this book to GIRLS ages from 9 to 11 and if I had to rate the book, I would give it a 10 out of 10!!

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by John Lloyd on Feb 01 2010

I have no doubt this will only be the first book in a series - and I'm quite certain this will have the success to justify further volumes.

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KidsReads

Good
Reviewed by John Hogan on Jun 02 2009

In a YA field swimming with kid protagonists as outsiders, DORK DIARIES manages to stand out, mostly because of its thoroughly enjoyable lead and keen ear for funny, authentic dialogue.

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A Book and a Hug

Excellent
Reviewed by dawn2 on Aug 03 2012

Brandon is just as dreamy as ever, and he's showing interest in Nikki. She's SQUEE over-the-moon. This funny romp with good natured fun (except for bratty Brianna), typical middle school angst, and a great female protagonist who is believeable and charming and who will resonate with fans of the earlier books.

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A Book and a Hug

Above average
Reviewed by Pamela Thompson on Jun 07 2010

Imagine Diary of a Wimpy Kid but from a girl's point of view...Nikki is a fun protagonist...Nikki is at her most fabulous when making observations about life.

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Booking Mama

Good
Reviewed by Julie P. on Jun 08 2009

I definitely recommend this book for any middle grade girl in your life, although I have to admit that I enjoyed it a great deal too!

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Story Snoops

Above average
Reviewed by Tiffany on Dec 14 2016

Dork Diaries is age appropriate, engaging, and quick to read. The story is told completely in the form of diary entries, sprinkled liberally with fun and witty drawings and comics. Told with humor and lots of teen slang, typical middle school issues are addressed.

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Peeking Between the Pages

Above average
Reviewed by Darlene on May 29 2009

This books shows girls that it’s ok not to be the popular one. You can be just as happy if not happier just by being yourself!

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Wondrous Reads

Good
Reviewed by prophecygirl on Jun 13 2013

Usually I find that after six books a series can become somewhat repetitive, but thankfully that isn't the case here. Each Dork Diaries book seems to be even better than the last one, with more drama and laughs than expected.

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Wondrous Reads

Good
Reviewed by Prophecygirl on Feb 01 2010

As the front of the book says, it's Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls, but it also reminded me of a US version of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. It's almost as funny, and definitely just as awkward. I loved the format, I loved the artwork, I loved the story, and I can't wait for Dork Diaries: Party Time...

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Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on Jun 22 2009

Overall, Dork Diaries is the perfect read any girl looking for Meg Cabot like writer and a new series to become addicted to. I look forward to reading more by Rachel.

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Wales Arts Review

Good
Reviewed by Elena Gower & Nova King on Oct 04 2014

It’s good that the stories don’t always have happy endings which makes it feel like Nikki and her family and friends are real people. Dork Diaries are simply supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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Mundie Kids Children's Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Sophie Riggsby on Mar 09 2010

I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved the format of this book. Just like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the pages are filled with sketches and an easy-to-read, hand-written font. Nikki's voice is funny and at times her mishaps are so touching that you find yourself wishing you could help her out...

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Reading Rumpus

Above average
on Jun 19 2009

The true friendship themed ending is all the more poignant since it’s delivered by a believable voice. I see many opportunities for Nikki Maxwell sequels.

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Good
Reviewed by John Hogan on Jun 02 2009

In a YA field swimming with kid protagonists as outsiders, DORK DIARIES manages to stand out, mostly because of its thoroughly enjoyable lead and keen ear for funny, authentic dialogue.

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