The Problem with Here Is That It's Where I'm From (Dear Dumb Diary,#6)
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The Problem with Here Is That It's Where I'm From (Dear Dumb Diary #6)

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Everyone's favorite Mackerel Middle-Schooler, Jamie Kelly, is back with another hilarious, candid (and sometimes not-so-nice) diary!

There's a new girl in at Mackerel Middle School.

Colette is friendly, fabulous, smart, totally talented, and an all-around amazing individual. She is more brilliantly diabolical than Isabella, as blindly loyal as Stinker, and even harder-to-res...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published June 1st 2007)
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Alexis Kloehn
Oddly enough the book, “Dear Dumb Diary:The Problem with Here Is That It's Where I'm From” really was not bad. There were a lot of realistic things that happened in the story to Jamie, Isabella, Angeline and even Colette. The book went through some of the experiences Jamie was having as a middle schooler. They went through everything from boys to drama to homework being terrible. It teaches good lessons like being the prettiest girl in your school really isn’t the most important thing in the wor...more
Apr 26, 2010 Tamra rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Tamra by: my 8-year-old daughter
My daughter handed me this book and said, "This one was stupid. I didn't like it," and then thought about it again and said, "No, wait. It was REALLY GOOD. You should read it." Umm, ...

Well, it's not REALLY GOOD. It's not even good. It's got some cute elements, but I'm done wasting my time reading it. 20 pages is enough, thank you.

(Not that this book doesn't have clever moments. Take this quote:
"Can you imagine how great school would be if you didn't have to get an education in it? Like, if all...more
Sadie Kaminske
The plot line of "Dear Dumb Diary" is happening all the time with kids of all ages. Isabelle the main character in the book goes to school everyday and has to put up with Angeline. Angeline is the smartest, prettiest, and nicest girl in the class. Everyone wants to be around her, except Isabelle because she is jealous. Until a new school joins with Isabelle's school and Colette the new girl is even prettier, smarter, and nicer than Angeline. "Dear Dumb Diary" is realistic and hilarious. I think...more
Hailee Gorges
This book has some good elements in it, but other times it didn't really keep me entertained. I have read some other books from the "Dear Dumb Diary" series and this is so far my least favorite out of the ones I have already read. Some of the entries that Jamie Kelly writes in her diary are funny and can relate to high school but then some of the entries are boring and don't draw you into the book. I would recommend this book to girls that have already read other books in this series or young te...more
This book is really funny. It's like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, only a girl. The drawings also add-on to the story. In this story, she meets a new girl from another school. The reason they came to her school was because a gas leaked in their school, so now they have to got to thier school. I would recomend it to people who like chic fliks.
really good recommended for girls in the ages of 10 to 13 so funny i LOVE the whole series
This is a book that I read over and over and over again because it never gets old!
It was hilarious! of course most of the series is hilarious.
Nov 21, 2008 Alyssa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids around11
Recommended to Alyssa by: myself
this book cracks me up it is so funny.
Funny and quick! a good time waster!
This book is sooooo good!
The Problem With Here Is That It's Where I'm From (Dear Dumb Diary,No.6). The novel is written by Jim Benton. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. The main characters are Jamie Kelly, Isabella, Colette, and Angeline. The story takes place during school(Wodehouse Middle School) and Jamie's house. In general, the story is mainly about how something went stinkfully wrong with the ventilation system at Mackerel Middle School, and they were bussing kids to Wodehouse Middle School. In the beg...more
"Everyone's favorite Mackerel Middle-Schooler, Jamie Kelly, is back with another hilarious, candid (and sometimes not-so-nice) diary!

There's a new girl in at Mackerel Middle School.

Colette is friendly, fabulous, smart, totally talented, and an all-around amazing individual. She is more brilliantly diabolical than Isabella, as blindly loyal as Stinker, and even harder-to-resist than Angeline. It's enough to make Jamie throw up a little. And Jamie just can't help but wonder: Is it humanly possible...more
Flying Sandals
The Dear Dumb Diary series always will have a special place in my heart. People say Harry Potter, I say Dear Dumb Diary. This, in my personal opinion, is my absolute favorite.

Each book has a simple formula: Jamie goes through school, starts suspecting something, and in the end Isabella came up with a awesomely brilliant/stupid plan.

It works. Don't ask me why, it just does. The characters are just so lovable because of their horrible/beautiful/ personalities. There are characters who are cardboar...more
Majohn Williams
This book was really good. I understood where she was coming from and i like the way she expressed herself. She wanted to have a French accent because she liked the way it sounded on television, so she tried it, and some people thought she was forreal. There was this one girl named Collete who was pretty and came from another school because she put spoiled cat food in their vent,so they had to go to another middle school for the time being. They didn't say the main character name, but she got cl...more
Awilma Acosta
From this book, I learned that not every one 'fits in' in this world. In the story, Jamie Kelly, the owner of the diary, talks about how her life is with her bestie Isabella and her sworn enemy Angeline, who becomes one of her best friends at the end. Many different things happen to Jamie in this diary. Now I feel guilty.=]

PS: You should know that I heard about this one girl, from another school or something, who read somebody's diary without permission. She felt so guilty that she could never s...more
So, I read the book that came after this one in the series a long time ago. Let's just say that this book cleared up a lot of things. I truly love this series, even if it is for elementary schoolers, it just never gets old. It's weird, though, how every book ends with Angeline, Jamie, and Isabella as best friends, and then the next book starts and Jamie and Isabella completely hate Angeline again. I know that it's just for effect, and I really don't mind it, but if they did that in any series ot...more
Pinky222 Almeroth
Hilarious. Girls and I read this each day as part of homeschooling. So, so funny. Will read the whole series. Really looking forward to it.
I really <3 this book - it made me laugh out loud (literally, not like 'lol. lol lol. lol lol lol...')! A lot of unexpected things happened in this book... the most shocking one being... wait for it... Someone is prettier then Angeline! (not really though. You'll find out in the end) I would recommend reading this book whenever you are the least bit bored. I was didn't expect the book to end the way it did, but I guess it all makes sense when you piece it together!

Jamie + Isabella + Blonde-ha...more
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Valeria Martinez
I like all of the books he has written of Dear Dumb Diary. I havnt read all of them but i am going to! One thing i can tell you is that you can read these books over and over and you never get tired its like you barley read it that time. These books are super Hilarius! What i like about this story was how brilliant the auther can think about this kind of stuff to write about. Especially of all the exchanged student s coming in and how Collete is so much prettier than Angeline. I like how he can...more
I read this book because many students at my school were reading it and was very entertained by the humor of the main character, Jamie. She writes/talks to her diary about everything; the good, the bad, and the ugly of the life of a 12 year old girl. There were several times that I laughted out loud as I related to Jamie and her predicaments! I honestly recommend this series of books to my students.
The sixth book in the infamous Dear Dumb Diary series, this book does not disappoint. It even had some sort of plot-line! Random stories in the beginning will all make so much more sense in the end! It'll take you less than an hour to read it, so you definetley should give it a try! I can promise you that you'd fall over laughing at least once!
I think is the best of the books, waiting to hear what 10 year old niece Rachel thinks when I pass this on to her. Benton is taking on more serious subjects for tweens and doing it with a funny take that makes the message easier to swallow unlike the cafeteria's meatloaf. I wasn't sure I'd keep reading these but this one won me over.

Mackerel Middle School is getting some new, temporary students while a neighboring school is fixing the ventilation system. (Long story.) Jamie Kelly is still on weird terms with Angeline--should she hate her because she's competition with Hudson? or should she like her because she's been so nice?
Cienna C
This book is so funny. Its about a girl named Jamie Kelly and her friend Isabella are going to middle school, and the main character has a assignment to do with this girl she hates her name is Angeline. She hates when shes nice she hates everything about her. Now I hope you read this book.
alysssssssa :]
this is the sixth book in the dear dumb diaries series, and just like in my last review i said how much i liked this author, and his books. in this book the heating breaks in other schools, and othher people come to jamies school. Jamie is excited to have foreigners.
This book was funny. I do not remember this book, all I know is that I got this from a book order and I read it because it was a quick read. I liked it at the time but as with a lot of books I read it was not memerable so I do not remember the plot very well.
Wow this book is great! I love how the main character (Jamie Kelly) compares most of her life to other things. She is really funny and the author for this book is really good at writing this series. I really want to read more of his books soon.
Vivian Lam
In this book the character has a person that she does not like because she thinks that she gets things way to easily and that the whole world goes around her. I know some people like that but they are worse then the character in this book
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Benton began his career in a custom design t-shirt shop where he started designing his own characters. At the same time, Jim did illustrations and artwork for magazines and newspapers. People magazine named him "the most visible cartoonist in America" .

Benton also created greeting cards and worked in the magazine and publishing industry. In 1998, his SpyDogs characters became an animated series, T...more
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