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Dear Diary - An Interactive Story About Anna's Secrets

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sweet, interactive diary is ad-heavy, requires patience.

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  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • Unclear whether this product uses a user's information to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Unclear whether this product creates and uses data profiles for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (3 ):

This sweet story with relatable characters and situations is a fun, interactive concept, marred only by the incessant ads for other apps. Ads can be disabled through an in-app purchase, though. Tweens may find waiting for entries to be frustrating, but that's part of the appeal; it's almost like seeing a serial story play out in episodes. The story is well written, though stereotypical, with concerns over boys and clothes; a slightly more empowered female character would make the story more interesting. Anna is a good student and sets a good example in that regard, and even though she judges her siblings and family members somewhat, she genuinely respects them. Watching the ads or buying keys to read a few more entries still isn't all that satisfying, especially since there's still a daily limit. Readers have to wait -- which, in this day of instant gratification, isn't a bad practice.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Pricing structure: Free (One key per day to read one entry. Additional entries (up to five per day) can be read by viewing ads or by purchasing for $1.99.)
  • Release date: July 2, 2015
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Publisher: Tapps Tecnologia da Informação Ltda
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
  • Last updated: July 27, 2016

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