I think it's an OK book, but the role models are horrible. Nikki talks a lot about boys, and she and her friends rate them. They keep talking about their dream date, and they act like girlie-girls. One time one of the really popular girls trip Nikki, and she falls on the floor, spilling all of her spaghetti on herself, while everybody laughs at her except Brandon, her dream date,who she is very shy about. He helps her up,and gives her napkins. She smiles a thank you to him. OK. I guess I shouldn't give any more of the story away. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This book, Dork Diaries, isn't a bad book, but the message is, "popularity is the most important thing ever." The narrator is a bit fickle and muddled, making the story quite confusing. There are LOTS of stereotypical characters in this book too. The book is boring and it's not funny.
I was schocked on what CSM said. I read this book the same year I was heavily bullied and it helped me feel better about myself. Nikki and I are just like each other and I don't find her selfish at all, in fact CSM did not put in the part when Nikki leaned that just being herself is great and that what mean girls say doesn't matter - a lesson I needed to learn. I find Nikki and Brandon great role models. I also don't think that Nikki is mean her little sis can get PRETTY annoying and I love books with products and celeberty jokes. I also beat myself up last year in school but Nikki can teach you no matter what we are all dorky divas who can overcome mean girls with the power of friendship,it was perfect for me when I went into fourth grade and it is perfect for kids going it middle school. The blog is fun to keep up with and I see nothing wrong with slang,some of it kids already use. I followed this book from when it came out and I'm happy to see how many girls like it and it's message. It also won the Children's Choice Book Of The Year awatd for the 5th/6th grade division. It even made me want to write my thoughts and feelings in a diary... and now I DO! A little word of warning: some schools might not let you read books like Dork Diaries or Diary of a Wimpy kid because of it's sillyness. I also like Nikki's artwork because I like art.
This is a really good book. I could not take my nose out of it!!!! yes the girls talk about boys but nothing major. Nikki is always calling herself a dork. but soon finds great friends!! the reason I circled language is because nikki used the word crud, but that is not bad at all just mabey for girls 9 and under.
This book...... it's just not what i would call the best for little kids if you don't want them growing up to be obsessed with popularity and clothes. There are absolutely no positive role models, the main character nikki is very self-centered and crude. Her and her friends rate boys on a "hot scale" and a lot of this book is just about guys. There is quite an amount of consumerism, makup, phones (etc). Although it doesn't have a great message, I have to admit it is quite entertaining.
The first Musketeer of the 3 Musketeers of Failure, the top 3 worst books I've ever read. Not only does it shamelessly decoy Wimpy Kid, but it can't help but drown in sea after sea of cliched material. The most product-placed book starring a girl I've ever read since THE HAUNTED MASK. Nikki, we know you're addicted with cute boys, and your life is terrible, but when you put it down on paper (save for the amazing illustrations), the sweet and successful skin begins to unravel. Tales of a not-so-fabulous life? More like sales of a not-so-fabulous book. Dork Diaries is one of the worst books your kids will ever read, even if they're a girl.
10 is probably a good age to read The Dork Diaries.
This is a good book! Nikki is a good role model in some ways. She's not mean to the kids and she learns lots about friendship. She's not a good role model because she's always putting herself down, hates school, and she criticizes herself for every mistake. In my opinion, there are a little two many pictures, and mean girl Mackenzie Hollister is not a good influence. I gave the book 4 stars because when I read the book, I really liked the story. Some things I didn't like. If you just go around school just reading these and Wimpy Kid books, then that's not so good. But maybe 90% of the time you are reading thought provoking novels. Then the other 10% of the time it should be okay to read books like these. I find them to be really funny but I also so learned not to criticize myself for every mistake I make and that we aren't perfect and we have to except that. I and other girls my age have enjoyed this series, I bet plenty of other girls have, too. This really isn't a teen book because by the time you are 13 you'll probably have outgrown cartoons. So that's why I think 10 is a good age to read this book. I hope I helped!
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