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Formerly ordinary fourteen-year-old Jamie Bartlett isn't so ordinary anymore. Ever since she wrote a story about Isabella (aka IS), the stereotype-defying, popular-girl-crushing super teen, Jamie's life hasn't been the same. Suddenly she's doing interviews and book signings, flying to L.A. to hang out with celebrities, and dating Marco Vega, the hottest guy in school! But ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 6th 2005 by Puffin Books (first published May 11th 2004)
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Stephanie A.
Yes, it was obvious from a split-second glance at the cover that this was not going to be a profoundly deep or quality book, but I was looking for a light read. I prepared myself for an onslaught of pop culture references, but the author kept them to a perfectly reasonable amount, and the majority of dropped celebrity names came out of her own imagination.

What I was not prepared for was just how exceptionally, jaw-droppingly, amazingly ludicrous and unbelievable this book was. This is not even
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KarlyBug
Oct 31, 2007 KarlyBug rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teen girls
The inspiration for the Disney Channel original movie Read it and Weep, this book is the story of 14-year-old
Jamie Bartlett, a girl who writes her journal in story form on her laptop. By accident, she turns her journal in for her Creative Writing assignment, and it ends up becoming a bestseller. While Jamie enjoys all the fame and fortune, she neglects spending time with her real friends, and hangs out with the rude popular girl, and dates the "cutest guy in school", Marco.
*(view spoiler)
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Karen Keyte
There's a reason why books about average, awkward girls overcoming the machinations of the A-list clique are so popular - 98% of the female readers out there can identify, at least is part, with that average girl. For those currently navigating the treacherous waters of their tweens, such books are vital, a lifeline out of insecurity, bad self image and self-doubt. How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller is a particularly good example of the average-girl-wins-out novel. It's witty, ...more
Fashiongirlgoldberg
well from reviewing the experts of the book "IS" that the main character Jamie writes. I just have one thing to say. THAT BOOK THAT SHE WROTE WOULD NEVER GET PUBLISHED! It was really well..., there's no other way to say this, stupid.... I mean no respecting teen girl would ever be caught dead reading the book IS. The book itself was ok.
Ghita
Mar 08, 2015 Ghita added it
Jamie Bartlett is the main character of my book. She is fourteen years old. Jamie has a diary but not just an ordinary diary like most fourteen year olds would have. Jamie`s diary is based on her days but she has turned it into a story. How did she turn it into a story? Well Jamie writes about her day but instead of writing the real names she writes names that she gives them. For example her enemy which is also the most popular girl in school has a crush on Jamie`s crush so Jamie calls her an ev ...more
Chloe
I hated it. `it was just so ugh.
Cliche.
How did her book even become a best seller?
from the expert it sucks

`she's a horrrible writer and I just fucking hate her.
Kay Cassidy
This is one of the books that showed me how fun an empowering YA novel could be. Still has a permanent place on my keeper shelf. Rock on, IS!
Kelly
I have to say this book was a roller coaster for me. Some parts and characters were A+, two thumbs up and other characters not so much. I wouldn't have put this book in the YA section, because frankly except for the age of the characters, who didn't act their age, and the small references to 'making out' nothing really made that link to me.

Overall, the teen turmoil, mean girl picks on everyone in school, my world is centered around a boy that will suck, I found to be pretty typical tween or tee
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Halley
We like books for a lot of different reasons - sometimes the story is very exciting, maybe the characters were very realistic, maybe the setting was beautifully described.It all depends on the author's specific skills. I started this book.... and knew right away that I would give this book a one-star rating. It all seemed too unrealistic; too good to be possible. Many books are a little unrealistic,maybe to make them seem more amazing, but this book..... was just too dumb. It's not very likely t ...more
Amy
This is one of those books I just randomly picked up at the library, not expecting it to be very good. Which unfortunatley it wasn't. First of all the plot was very unbeilevable. There is NNOO way that a fourteen-year old girl would accidentally turn in her joutnal entry instead of her english report and then have her journal be the number one newyork times bestseller just a few short weeks later!! And the few short sections of IS (jamie's journal/book) that start and end some of the chapters ma ...more
Ariel Chang
How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller by Julia DeVillers starts out as a typical teenage story about school and terrible teachers. This story revolves around Jamie Bartlett an ordinary girl in High School,having trouble with boys, friends, and the mean popular girls in her school. Just when she thinks her life couldn’t change, it changed. After being assigned to write an essay in her english class she finishes it and decides to write in her journal. Isabella (IS), the main charact ...more
Annie Block
Dec 17, 2014 Annie Block rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who has ever felt insecure
Recommended to Annie by: Nobody, I bought it.
OMG, if I could rate this infinity Stars, I would, because I absolutely ADORE this book!!!!!
It's about Jamie Barlett who's story gets turned into a #1 bestselling book!
She gets to be on TV shows and even meet movie stars!
But when when her dream life starts to interfere with her real life, it's time for her to realize who her real friends are.
And that she might not be a real superhero, but she just might be someone else's.


-Annie Block
(Wanting to be like Jamie so BADLY)
Laura
I had to write something for this book because it was FANTASTIC! I remember reading this when I was a kid and not feeling attached to the characters but now that I am 18 and have been through high school and all, I can totally feel just like Jamie. This book was such an inspiration and the Disney movie does not capture that at all! I would recomend this to every girl that has been struggling with high school problems because this is what we go through. 5 deserved stars.
Audrey
Dec 29, 2014 Audrey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
The second time reading this was much less enjoyable than the first, although I still liked the book.

Pros:
it was inspiring
the author was creative with the way she portrayed everything.
it was descriptive.

Cons:
The characters were stereotype. Popular girl & posse, girl who always compares herself to the popular girls, girl's friends, etc.
Jamie wasn't very mature for her age.
I couldn't see how "her book" made "number 1." It had kind of a stupid concept, and while it was well thought out, I jus
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Emma Xoxo
This book was very inspiring but a little on the "eh" side. It was inspiring because I'm going to become a writer when I grow up. I want my book to get published in the next month like Jamie, I want it to become the #1 bestseller, and I want a movie to be made out of it just like Jamie's. I want my career 2 be like that. Though, I won't turn it in on accident. The book was a little on the "eh" side because she kind of made the book boring when the popularity got to her. I won't say anymore so I ...more
Alejandra
There were somethings about this book that I didn't love, but overall I think it was pretty good. I actually liked the characters a lot and I though it was pretty entertaining. This is definetly a good choice if you're a girl looking for a light read.
Stephanie
I read this in the Summer of 2006. I really enjoyed this book. It was very funny. It was later made into a Disney Channel movie but I never did see it.
Jill
Sep 24, 2008 Jill rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 6th-8th graders
Shelves: teen
This was a really fun read, although the main character seems younger than high school. Jamie writes a journal entry that accidentally gets handed into her English teacher, who in turn gives it to a literary agent. Practically overnight, she becomes the next new sensation. If the reader is willing to overlook some impracticalities it will be a fun fantasy for them. With parents who are determined to keep her grounded, Jamie might be able to survive her new fame with not only her self-esteem inta ...more
Angela
I thought this book was excelent. one of the comments on the back of the book says "Aspiring novelist will love it." Meg Cabot, and i totally agree. i want to be a writer so it deffidently taught nme that, especially in high school, if you publish a book, you really have to keep a cool head and not get too overwhelmed by all of the pressure as i'm sure a lot of first time writers do. this book is great for teens. it shows us that no matter how young you are, if your doing something you love, it ...more
Jamille Horan
Read it like two years ago, and I gotta admit I still remember what the book is about. It's a great book, recommend it!
Feeris Gbr
This is a really grat book because Jamie, the main character, learns a very important lesson. She starts out as a regular insecure girl. She is wishing she was popular. And when she writes in her journal, she invents an alter ego, called IS. One night, she accidentaly sends a journal entry as a class assingment. She gets published. She instantly becomes popular, famous and whatnot. She realizes that she had it in her all along. She didn't need looks or popularity to get to where she got. You rea ...more
Jacob King
I don't think that the writing style was the best but i loved the story a lot.
Brilovesbooks
loved movie and book
Alison
Fabulous book!
Lucas
I gave this book three stars because when I read it, I genuinely enjoyed it. Granted, I was in seventh grade, but that's the target audience for this kind of book, so well done. Looking back, as far as writing style and plot line go, I wouldn't compare it to Shakespeare, but I still think it's a fun little book that children could potentially identify with.
Sarah
Mar 14, 2013 Sarah added it
This book is cute. What else can I say? I loved the movie when I was in elementary school so when someone offered to let me borrow there copy I thought- sure why not? I am glad I read it! Sure the book didn't change my life or move me to tears, but it was good. The boom kept my attention! I wish I had read it over the summer, because that is the kind of book I see it as really. A good book to read in the sunshine and the beach. It isn't too deep but it isn't too shallow either.
Debbie
Oct 12, 2007 Debbie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teen romance
Shelves: teen
A young woman accidentally turns in a private story from her journal instead of an English assignment and becomes a best-selling author almost overnight. DeVillers’ frothy, humorous first novel is a giddy fairy tale, written in a combination of diary excerpts, instant messages, and Jamie’s spot-on narration. Recommend this to Meg Cabot fans, as well as aspiring authors, who might also enjoy Andrew Clements’ The School Story (2001). Grades 5-9.
Lara
How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller by Julia DeVillers

Jamie's story accidentally ends up in the wrong hands, and now she's famous! Another very fun read by the fabulous Julia DeVillers. I would recommend this to any girl eleven and up =)
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Minji
Aug 13, 2008 Minji added it
Fourteen year old Jamie Barlette or somethiong accidently hands in her journal instead of her report by accident, about IS, superhero fighting against populars. But when it becomes a bestseller, guys notice her, she meets celebrities, and gets a big head.

Gabriella and Harmony were really mean to Jamie, and Im glad Lindsay is fat, instead of perfecct like Harmony.
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