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Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell
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Jul 22, 09

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Read in July, 2009

Looks a lot like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, but for girls. I started this book with hopes that it would be an enjoyable, quick read. I abandoned it at page 125 (of 256). Nikki Maxwell, 14, new student at Westchester Country Day wants two things: a cell phone and to be a part of the Cute, Cool and Popular (CCP) group at school. I've heard it said that all children should have characters like themselves to relate to, but I don't think this means that if there are real children who are as irredeemably stupid, shallow, materialistic, selfish, mean and untruthful as Nikki, they should be encouraged to believe that it's ok. In fairness, I didn't finish the book, so maybe Nikki develops some self-awareness that gives her the potential to grow and mature by the end of the book, but - at least in the first half - she hasn't demonstrated any potential to do so. Instead, she relates with pride how she achieved not only a good grade, but student-of-the-month status, and the admiration of her family by cheating on a math test; how she spent the $30 her mother gave her to get a father's day present on a CD for herself leaving her only a bit with which to get something for him (thoughtless father's day presents have become a tradition for Nikki); and when she starts on how instead of returning her neighbor's lost hearing aid (by showing it to her, when the neighbor can't hear what she's saying), she keeps it and transforms it into a fake bluetooth phone, I've had enough. Sure enough children lack the maturity of adults, and most of them have aspects of their character that they need to work to improve, but I'm not sure I've ever met one quite so flawed or clueless as Nikki. Nikki will probably grow up to be Holden Caulfield.
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message 1: by Jahnavi (new)

Jahnavi what the hell..


message 2: by Starlate (new)

Starlate If all children had books they could relate to I'd be bored out of my mind, watching brain-rotting TV, and I would hate reading. A lot. If anyone had ever actually asked the children what they want to read, the answer would be a lot different. I like reading books about characters that are a lot different from me because, in my opinion, it makes it more interesting to see their point of view, instead exactly what I think. The world isn't repetitive, and neither are books. (Besides that fact that I'm pretty sure everyone likes SOME form of music) Nobody who reads it would ever try to follow her example, especially since she epically failed. This is not a regular novel in which there is problem, struggle, growth as a person, happy ending. It's just a comedy. The fact that she doe not grow whatsoever is supposed to be what makes it funny. Maybe you should have asked a child or pre-teen who read the book about it since you clearly did not understand why they liked the book so much.


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