Dork Diaries 11: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy

Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Same mean-girl formula, but great for reluctant readers.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 14 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Looks at both sides of bullying and mean-girl behavior when the tables are turned on a mean girl and she experiences bullying at the hands of another.

Positive Messages

The Dork Diaries series continues to follow more of a "what not to do" approach to positive messaging. Obvious bad behavior is pointed out and usually punished or at least thwarted.

Positive Role Models & Representations

With very little adult presence in the book, students are left to provide role models, and for the most part they rise to the occasion. They find value and strength in friendship.


One character says she'd like to lash out in anger but keeps it to her inner monologue.


Some simple boy-girl crushing and blushing typical of middle school.


Mild name-calling: "dork," "loser, " "crazy," "mean girl," and the like.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know Dork Diaries 11: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy is part of the popular illustrated series by author Rachel Renee Russell. It's mainly about surviving mean girls, dealing with popularity, younger sibling issues, and lighthearted middle school worries. This time, eighth-grader Nikki is attending a prestigious private school for a week as part of a student exchange program and is up to her eyeballs in trouble.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBaba swaaga January 27, 2021


This books is so inspiring especially as I moved Schools a few weeks ago.I'd recommend it and read the whole book series
Teen, 17 years old Written byMallory rocks August 16, 2020

Great book for ages 12+

Some rude language, used as a joke, but wouldn’t recommend to young or immature kids.
Teen, 14 years old Written byZip998 August 15, 2020

Don’t read

If your kid is going into middle school, don’t let them within 10 feet of this or any of these books. I read this and had false expectations for middle school.... Continue reading

What's the story?

In DORK DIARIES 11: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-FRIENDLY FRENEMY, Nikki Maxwell is back -- well, sort of. She's attending a prestigious private school for a week as part of a student-exchange program. The uniforms are cool, the school looks like Hogwarts, and she's looking forward to making new friends. The bad news is it's the same school that McKenzie Hollister attends. Nikki finds herself struggling to get through the week as she's once again the target of mean girls, has a couple friendship issues, and has a cooking drama with her little sister Briana. The one bright side for Nikki is she's in the running for a trip to Paris! Can she navigate this new school and make a good impression on the French teacher, or will she quit before the week is out?

Is it any good?

An easy read, this installment revisits many of the same themes and situations as previous books. Most fans will be fine with the formula in Dork Diaries 11: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy, but some may wish that author Rachel Rene Russell would develop different types of adventures for Nikki and her friends, such as when she transported them into a fairy tale land in Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After.

The illustrations, as always, are a delightful and whimsical addition to the text, and the series is great for reluctant readers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to deal with bullies like the ones in Dork Diaries 11: Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy. Do you have an adult you trust to help you navigate tough situations?

  • How does this installment in the Dork Diaries series measure up to previous books? Do you notice any growth or difference?

  • Nikki finds herself dealing with same type of mean-girl trouble as in previous books. Does she deal with the situations differently from before? How would you deal with similar situations?

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