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Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  506 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
Twelve-year-old Cassie has a lot to cope with when her father moves "out of the picture." Her mom's constantly working overtime, her teenage sister's going AWOL, and her little brother seriously needs attention. It's up to Cassie to prevent total chaos at home -- or so she thinks.

She can't control everything, though. At school Cassie's two "best" friends are turning nast
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Paperback, 252 pages
Published April 19th 2007 by Aladdin (first published April 25th 2006)
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Brooklyn
Jun 21, 2014 Brooklyn rated it really liked it
Just Another Day in my Insanely Real Life By:Barbara Dee-

Well, this book is very entertaining and keeps you reading! It is very realistic and Cassie, the main character, seems a lot like someone I know which makes the character way more believable! When authors are good enough at including lots of character traits that make it mean something to a wide variety of their readers and bring their character to life, that proves their talent in writing! I'm not giving too many spoiler alerts but the
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Peony Minassian
Mar 30, 2012 Peony Minassian rated it liked it
"Just Another Day In My Insanely Real Life" by Barbra Dee is about a girl named Cassie who finally understands the meaning of responsibility. She's an 11 year old girl who isn't the most popular kid in school and doesn't have the greatest grades, but somehow still seems to fit in. But when her parents get a divorce and her mom starts working full time, its up to Cassie to take care of her little brother, her annoying older sister, and the old apartment they live in. One possible theme for this s ...more
Sarah
Jan 31, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
BTW wrote this for a book-cover LAR assignment.

When Cassie’s dad is “out of the picture”, she has many new life challenges. Those challenges and her “real” life have a large appeal to pre-teens. Just another Day in My Insanely Real Life by Barbara Dee is a great book that anyone is encouraged to read. Sadly, the original cover of this book does not appeal to its girly-tween audience. This new and updated book cover adds suspense and many questions to the novel, such as: Why is there an F on a pa
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Molly L
Nov 14, 2012 Molly L rated it it was amazing

In the beggining of this book, Cassie is upset at her sister Miranda because she forgot to go grocery shopping after school so Cassie and her little 4 year old brother named Jackson had to eat cherrios and Miranda ate a chipwitch because the only food in the kitchen was cherrios, the chipwitch, and all different kinds of mustard. Since no shopping had been done then Cassie had to run to the store and she ran into her neighbor who sent them a care package the next day which Cassie claimed it to
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Natalie Baghdadlian
May 01, 2011 Natalie Baghdadlian rated it really liked it
This book is about a family of three kids and their divorced parents. The kids end up staying with the mother. The mother always has to work late to support the family. So the two older daughters, end up taking the mother's role in the family, that is until the mom comes home. The two daughters take turns each week doing the shopping for the food and groceries. But the older sister, Miranda, keeps forgetting that its her week to do the shopping when there is no food left to eat at home. Cassie a ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

We all feel like our own life is the most hectic, the busiest, and more demanding than anyone else's. That sometimes we are too busy with school and work that we hardly have time for ourselves. Unfortunately for Cassie, not only is her life hectic, but it is totally insane.

At the age of eleven, Cassie's parents decided to get a divorce and her father up and left. Usually, one of the parents gets to keep the lavish house that t
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Emma
Mar 19, 2008 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Just Another Day In My Insanely Real Life" is Barbara Dee's first novel (previous careers for Dee include lawyer, high school English teacher, and book reviewer). The story revolves around Cassie and her family, specifically her mother and siblings.

Cassie's family used to be a lot like the other family's in her upscale neighborhood. They had a nice, sufficiently large house. They took vacations. Eleven-year-old Cassie used to be on the swim team at their sports club. Her older sister, Miranda,
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Kim Robbins
Aug 05, 2013 Kim Robbins rated it it was amazing
First time author Barbara Dee has created a story that seems so real. 12-year-old Cassie is struggling to adjust to all the changes in her life - her father has left and she doesn't know why, she and her family have moved out of their home and into a "unit", she has had to quit swim team and her friends seem to be quitting her. In addition, there is the evil English teacher who is making her life more difficult. Also, her older sister Miranda is supposed to be taking care of their young brother, ...more
Aiyana
Jun 24, 2013 Aiyana rated it really liked it
Since her father's unexplained departure from the family, Cassie's life has gone downhill. Her family has moved from their nice house into a tiny condo, her former friends have drifted away from her, and her mother works nonstop. Trapped between trying to cheer up her unhappy younger brother and cover for her irresponsible older sister, Cassie finds herself facing regular dilemmas like how to make dinner when the only thing in the fridge is 6 varieties of mustard. Her only enjoyment is the fanta ...more
Amanda B.
To be honest, i picked up this book because i saw it on my shelf and my younger sister had read it. But what captivated me even more is the fact that it was a book like no other i have read. This book focused on the life of a middle school girl who felt she had to juggle her own life with the lives of her siblings and mother. The part that i found most interesting was the beginning. Barbara Dee chose to begin the book by introducing the problem in a harsh way. She described the home where Cassie ...more
Stephanie
Mar 27, 2009 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I have to admit, I didn't enjoy this book too much. I'm not sure why but I just remember not liking it while I was reading it.

What I did like about this book was Cassie's sassy humor and her attempt in writing a very "interesting" story for her English homework. I thought it showed a lot of creativity but it seemed like the type of stuff my little sister would like. The author wrote in a manner that reflected Cassie's age - something that I liked a lot because it showed a realistic side.

Just An
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Alisha Ali
Oct 05, 2015 Alisha Ali rated it it was amazing
This book was a book I couldn't put down. It is a very interesting book. In the beginning it was a little slow but by the time I was in the middle I was so anxious to know what would be happening next. I would recommend this book to you if you like reading realistic fiction.
EMMY
Jun 11, 2009 EMMY rated it really liked it
Shelves:
i totally want 2 read JADIMIRL (book title) right now!!!! I read the back cover & it sounds like running past a heard of cattle after they ate a elephant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Zomgzily
Jan 05, 2009 Zomgzily rated it it was ok
Cassie, your common seventh grader, has an older sister and a younger brother. Her mom works all day and most of the night, leaving her to make sure her little brother gets all his homework done, eats and leaves time out to play with him. Her sister, who has most of the grocery shopping and cooking duties, usually hangs out with her friends half of the time, putting all of the stress on Cassie. Although I really liked the author's style of writing, this book was only okay. The author could've in ...more
Meriem
Sep 02, 2015 Meriem rated it really liked it
I thought that it was a good book because i was true to a seventh grader like myself and I thought that Cassie was acting really mature even though at certain points she was actually really stressed.
Jasleen
Nov 25, 2009 Jasleen rated it really liked it
This book is about a seven grade gil that thinks her life is so over.She thinks that because since her father move out and her mother went back to work and all of these become even worst when her sister miranda fegets to do the shopping.This is just the beginning for cassey.
The main idea of the book is the hard life of the Balwrin famaly and cassie's journal? One of the question that was left in my mind after reading this book was why would cassey,s dad left? why cassy love to write on her journ
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Stefanie Wass
Dec 31, 2011 Stefanie Wass rated it it was amazing
Something about the pacing made me not want to put this one down!

I definitely was rooting for the protagonist, who has to cook, take care of her younger brother and cover up for her sister's antics while Mom is working some mighty late hours.

A great read for kids of divorce or kids going through a major life- changing event. (The dad in this story left the state w/o so much as a goodbye.)

Great MG voice makes this a page-turner.
My 12 yo stole this book from my hands the instant I finished the las
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Hanifah
so awsome luv the story line. really good book to read after doing an insainly hard math test
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7706serena
Oct 10, 2012 7706serena rated it it was ok
This book was ok. This realistic fiction book is about a girl named Katherine who loves writing fantasy books for school, but is discouraged by her strict ELA teacher. Her parents just divorced and Katherine, her mom, her older sister, and her younger brother live in a small "unit". So many things happened in this book that I don't have the space(or stamina) to write the issues down. I don't really like this book because it isn't very detailed. If you like easy reads, this is your book.
Noelle
Apr 17, 2010 Noelle rated it it was amazing
I recently read this book and I thought that it was just amazing! It was about a girl who's father ditched her, her mother, her older sister and her younger brother. The girl's sister was lazy and her brother needed a lot of help. Her mother had to work a lot so it was really hard for the girl. Barbara Dee had an amazing style of writing and the main character's journal entries were hilarious. I am looking forward to Barbara's next books Saving Zoe and This Is Me From Now On.
Sylvia
Oct 04, 2007 Sylvia rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
About twelve-year-old Cassie who thinks she has to prevent total chaos at home, after her father moves out of their house, her mom's constantly working overtime, and her little brother seriously needs attention.

But she can't control everything, though. She's only a little girl herself. At school things are not working great either. What is a girl supposed to do when life gets totally insane?

A down-to-earth story in this 252 pages is a page turner.
YeonJe Sung
Mar 13, 2008 YeonJe Sung rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all the teens
Shelves:
I am reading this book now (which means I don't know the whole story), but I think it is a nice book because it's about a teenager (about my age!!).
pretty simple summary: The main character, Cassie,isn't living with her father and also her mother is working until night. Cassie has to take care of her younger brother and naughty OLDER sister.
What I learnt: through this book, I realized this again that I am a lucky girl because I have father and mother.
Serena
Apr 15, 2011 Serena rated it it was ok
While this was a cute book, I felt the writing style could have been improved. However, I loved the girl's journal entries-she showed remarkable writing talent. It was unfortunate to me that the teacher was such a negative figure for the majority of the book.

Students of divorced/separated parents would probably be able to relate to this book.
Lauren
I read this as it was highly recommended by one of our tween patrons. Ehhhh, ok. Not the most intriguing realistic chick lit fiction for this age group out there. Possibly a good recommend for girls whose parents are going through a divorce and for those girls who don't feel like seem to fit into a group at school or a group they used to belong to.
Emily Daluz
My favorite teacher gave me this book for Christmas because she knew I loved to read also she gave everyone books but she told me she wanted to give everyone a book that suits them and this book is perfect 12 years old divorced parents but the older sister I have an older brother and we live with our mom
Arianna
Jan 17, 2016 Arianna rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen-romance
The beginning of the book was slow, but slowly became more interesting, but became kind of boring later on. I did not like the other story aspect of the book, but I liked the obstacles she was going through with her family. The ending was left to be desired and anticlimactic.
Summer
Mar 05, 2011 Summer rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books! I couldn't stop reading it after I started. I can relate to it in a lot of ways except having a little brother my dad is in the picture and instead of a sister it a brother. I would recommend this to mainly middle schoolers.
Sabrina
Jun 29, 2009 Sabrina rated it really liked it
I rally liked this book. It's very easy to relate to, and really understand what Cassie is trying to say. The one thing I didn't like was that just because her teacher "didn't" read her story, she stoped.
Overall, a very good book.
Lizzi DeNoble
Apr 12, 2013 Lizzi DeNoble rated it really liked it
This was a good book. In the beginning her family was falling apart because her dad walked out on the family so her mom started to have to work all the time and they had to move. BY the end there family was getting back to normal.
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