Parents' Guide to

My Life Series

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Boy navigates friends, family, tech in fast-paced series.

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These books are a fast read, but the series tries too hard to connect with young readers, sometimes coming across as an adult trying to write like a kid would think and speak. The lessons can be clunky; when talking about how much he uses his phone, Derek says he knows they think he's on it too much but that memes, chats, YouTube, etc., is how he and his friends communicate so he knows they understand that, too. There's no subtlety here, with readers explicitly told every time Derek makes an important realization or when there's a life lesson learned.

Kids will enjoy the humor and learn some advanced vocabulary. And for those who enjoy timely references, these books are full of them. For example, in Book 8, My Life as a Meme, released in 2019, the Malibu fires of 2018 figure in the plot.

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