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Parents' Guide to

Dork Diaries 12: Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Crushes and middle school drama continue in popular series.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Too Dramatic

The Book had way to much drama my kids would say if we could return the book since it was so busy please don't waste your money not this book for your child
age 10+


Sweets hated Andre and had really no interest in the rest of the book. Rachel Renee Russell needs to come up with something good, we hate Max Crumbly too. Please stop writing this trash and write good books with characters who behave and aren't total teenage snobs.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (30 ):

Kids who love the Dork Diaries series will love this installment. Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe has all of the characters, funny angst, cool illustrations, and Nikki-related fun that readers have come to expect from the series. The book does a great job focusing on the friendship aspect of young crushes instead of going ultra intense like many other books in this genre. Book 12 shows continued evolution and maturity on Nikki's part, though MacKenzie seems to have forgotten all of the lessons she learned in the last book. Funny and easy to read, this book will delight fans eager to see where the drama with Brandon leads.

Bonuses: Parents and educators will get an opening to talk about cyberbullying, and the series continues to be great for reluctant readers.

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