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Friendship Over

(The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Ten-year-old Celie has quite a few things on her mind -- fights with her sister Jo, secrets at school, an increasingly forgetful grandmother, and worst of all, a best friend who won't speak to her. How can a girl who hates change survive, when everything in her life is changing? By writing, of course! Celie's often comical and always heartfelt diary entries include notes, ...more
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Boyds Mills Press
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Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents, friends, children
***I received an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review from Boyds Mills Press through NetGalley****
The Top Secret Diary of Celie Valentine: Friendship Over is already dear to me. I have a particular large spot in my heart for great children's classics and this title sure does feel like a classic. The story is written from the point of view of Celie, a delightfully entertaining 10-year old. This story makes me smile much in the way "Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing" and "Nate The
Shamaa Farah
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Celie has just turned 10 and is having a tough life because her best friend is no longer her friend, and she doesn't know why. Her sister's friend is super annoying, and her grandma is acting strange and it can ruin her parents relationship. I like this book because it can show how tough and life can be for a 10 year old. Although these problems might seem trivial and can easily be fixed as adults, these problems seem like the end of the world for kids. I like how the book portrays the hardships ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maybe 4.5--see for details! ...more
Samantha Alway
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It tells a great story of a ten year old experiencing friend drama.
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
As posted on Outside of a Dog:

Dealing with the decline in health and acuity in a loved one is a difficult thing to process, no matter what your age. In an unforeseen coincidence, two books I recently read both dealt with this issue, one from the point of view of a young grandchild, The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine: Friendship Over by Julie Sternberg, and one from the memories of an adult daughter, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. One is lower middle grade diary f
Beverly McClure
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Friendships. Favorites. Family. Secrets and worries. Just another day for ten-year-old Celie Valentine Altman as she tries to understand her life, friends and family.

In Author Julie Sternberg’s middle grade novel, THE TOP SECRET DIARY OF CELIE VALENTINE: FRIENDSHIP OVER, Celie writes her thoughts in a journal or diary. Many things in Celie’s life confuse her, and she tells her frustrations and fears like she sees them. Her diary is very personal to Celie, and she warns the reader to stop readin
Ms. Yingling
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Celie is struggling with her friendship with Lula. As is the case with many 10-year-olds, the slightest misunderstanding can be blown into epic proportions. Lula was uncomfortable with something Celie saw at Lula's house, and so the two begin bickering to the extent that their classroom teacher recommends them for a friendship workshop with a guidance counselor. Celie also has to content with her older sister Jo, projects at school, and embarassing cousin Carla, who comes to watch Celie and Jo w ...more
Cindy Hudson
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
For her 10th birthday, Celie’s dad gives her a punching bag and a diary, so she can take out her aggressive feelings on something other than her sister and write down her thoughts. Over the course of a few weeks’ time, Celie comes to value both gifts.

Lots of big issues are on Celie’s mind. Her formerly best friend Lula isn’t talking to her anymore and her teacher refers them to a program to help them work out their problems. Her sister Jo has a new friend that Celie doesn’t like. And her grandma
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Alice, Librariansteph, Marti, Elissa, Nadine, Jeannie
This is the perfect title for all of those young readers who ask for books about girl drama. Celie finds herself without friends on her tenth birthday. A misunderstanding with her best friend caused this problem, and at this point they aren't even talking. Her loving family comes to her rescue, her sister re-wraps her gifts in tin foil, hides them and turns the party into a treasure hunt. Even moping Celie can't stay angry through this. Her father gives her a punching bag and a journal to help h ...more
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I've been reading quite a few of the journal-type kids' books lately; it's definitely the juvenile style du jour. The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine sets itself apart from the pack by being one of the most authentic feeling books in the genre. Celie Valentine's voice and personality are well-developed and, most importantly, come across as truly belonging to a ten-year-old. This can result in the story seeming a bit simplistic for grown-ups, but it should feel genuine to the intended audienc ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
Ten-year-old Celie Valentine has a lot going on in her life. Her best friend, Lula, has stopped speaking to her, she has trouble getting along with her older sister, Jo, and her grandmother is beginning to show signs of dementia. As she struggles to make sense of it all, Celie writes her feelings in her diary.

With so many novels being written in diary format, a book really needs to do something new in order to set itself apart. This book, though sweet and visually appealing, doesn't really accom
Brittany Kraft
Celie Valentine seems to be just like any other fourth grade girl. She goes to school, has a family, and a best friend. Well ex-best friend now. In her diary she writes about Luna who just randomly stopped being her friend, her annoying older Sister Jo who now wear deodorant (gross!), and her Granny who seems to just have a weird taste in art. Celie soon finds out that putting trash in the freezer was not supposed to be art. Now she is faced with a lot of uncertainty. Will she and Luna ever be t ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I did like how the book pretended to be handwritten. The different fonts were very handwritten-like while still being easy to read. And it also build to the illusion that this was a kids journal the way things were secured inside the journal and fastened with narval tapes. The different small drawings were very cute and accompanied the text perfectly. Also the small “Good night” and “Good byes” made me remember how it was to write my own journal as a kid.

The language flows well and is simple, l
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Things are not going well for Celie. She is fighting with her former best friend Lulu and she doesn't even know why. She and Lulu have to attend Friendship Forward to work on their problems. Her big sister is friends with mean Trina, who Celie can't stand. Her grandma is acting strange and her parents are worried. Celie has been spying on everyone and keeping secrets. Celie is keeping track of everything in her top-secret diary and spy notebook. There is a lot going on after all and she doesn't ...more
Kellee Moye
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I am a very big fan of Julie Sternberg’s Eleanor books. What I enjoy the most about these books is that Julie Sternberg has a way to get into 10 year old’s heads and make her narrator’s voice sound so spot on. As someone who teaches middle school, I am always so impressed when a first person narrative sounds like the students I teach. When I found out that Julie Sternberg had a new series coming out and it would be a diary, I was super exci
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a new series by Julie Sternberg. In FRIENDSHIP OVER, 10 year-old Celie tells about the troubles she is having with her best friend, Lula, who all of a sudden stops talking to Celie. In diary format, which includes drawings, Celie works through her problems, not only with Lula, but also with Jo, her 6th grader older sister. Add to this Celie's granny's dementia, and there is a lot to read in Celie's diary! Having taught fourth grade for many years, I really enjoyed the a ...more
Beyond the Pages
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
THE TOP SECRET DIARY OF CELIE VALENTINE was a wonderful book aimed at young readers. I really liked the journal style entries that the author used. The illustrations, notes, and personal touches added just the right flavor to a very well done story. Another notable positive about this book is that it dealt with real issues - the loss of a friend, family relations (the good and the not so good), dealing with illness, and other social/physical/emotional issues specific to this age level.

Rating: 4
Ro Menendez
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Celie is such a great girl, one I would love all of my students to have as a best friend. The story is written in diary format which will catch the interest of girls who are into Dork Diaries and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Celie deals with the sudden silent treatment from her best friend, her grandmother possibly suffering from dementia, and her love-fight relationship with her older sister. Honestly written, the reader can identify with the struggles, insecurities and joy that Celie goes through as ...more
I have always loved reading diary/journal style books and The Top-Secret Diary of Celie Valentine: Friendship Over by Julie Sternberg doesn't disappoint. I love the fact that she receives the diary as a birthday gift from her father along with a punching bag. The story is simple and at times could use a little more development of Celie's relationship with her parents, but it is pretty honest about how a girl feels when her best friend is no longer talking to her and something seems to be going o ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Top Secret Diary of Celi Valentine
Book One Friendship Over
Julie Sternberg
Copyright 2014

Celi Valentine is given a journal fof her tenth birthday and in it she chronicles her life the life of a ten year old.  

Celi is going through a difficult time her best friend has stopped talking to her and she does not know why and her Grandmother id forgetting things so hef Mom has to take her for tests.

I think girls will like the diary style of this book as well as the illustrations.  The book talks abou
Paula Lyle
Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: school, 2014
I received a copy from NetGalley to review.

I imagine some younger girls will like this book, but it's hard to imagine boys or older kids will be interested. Not a lot happens. Celia and her best friend are not getting along. Celia says she doesn't know why, but that turns out to be untrue. Celia and her sister are not getting along as well as they have. Their grandmother may be sick. These problems are all pretty much solved and then the book ends very abruptly. Not bad, but I don't think I'll l
Ann Cox
When Celie's best friend Lula starts ignoring her, Celie writes about her frustrations in the brand new top-secret diary she receives for her 10th birthday. The book readers read is actually Celie's diary and is portrayed very realistically, with Celie's drawings and other scrap book type mementos to flourish it. Celie's home life and dilemma with her best friend are both things that I think older elementary aged children, especially girls, will identify with. Celie and her family are also quite ...more
This is Celie's story told through a series of diary entries that chronicle the major events in her life. Celie is currently worried about her grandmother's health, is estranged from her best friend, and has serious issues with her sister's best friend. The book is illustrated and printed as a real diary so sometimes some of the entries, like attached emails and letters, are more difficult to read, but the writing feels fresh and authentic. Readers who enjoy the diary form will find this book re ...more
Naomi Ruth
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ir, bwob
I'm confused by the title this book is under on goodreads... That aside!

It was good to see another book in this style (partial text, partial picture) for girls (think Dork Diaries vs. Wimpy Kid and Timmy Failure and Odd Squad).

I liked that there was some difficult things going on without it being too serious. I really hope there are more books in the future. I want to read more.
Alannah Clarke
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
After seeing how popular the Diary of A Wimpy Kid was at my placement last year, it was nice to see one aimed at young girls. This book did not disappoint! In my opinion, I was impressed with the author's writing style. I felt that the Sternberg really captured a young girl's voice which will sure be brilliant for her young readers.
Brenda Kahn
This diary-style book features ten-year-old Celie who is in crisis over the loss of her best friend and worry about her grandmother, whose memory seems to be slipping. Fortunately for her, Celie's rather cool dad gave her both a journal and a punching bag and Celie puts both to good use as she muddles her way through her problems. Appealing and humorous.
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
In this first book in a new series, fourth grader Celie is given this diary to write out her feelings. It helps her work through why her best friend suddenly stopped talking to her, how her sister is growing up and leaving her behind, and the strange changes happening to Granny. This a fun and age appropriate read for third and fourth graders looking for illustrated diary books.
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
bookaday #61. Celie receives a diary for her birthday in which she relates her friendship troubles, sister & grandma troubles. Page 80 "cracked" me up! Not quite as good as the Pickle Juice series. ...more
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This was okay - a little light-weight, a little simplistic. I like the diary style, and that basically worked for me.
Shannon Alexander
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved Celie's voice and her honesty. I laughed out loud a few times, too. Plus the journal format was adorable.
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Julie Sternberg is the author of the best-selling LIKE PICKLE JUICE ON A COOKIE and its sequels. She also wrote THE TOP-SECRET DIARY OF CELIE VALENTINE series and the picture books BEDTIME AT BESSIE AND LIL’S and PUPPY PUPPY PUPPY. Her books have received a number of awards. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband; her younger daughter, who is almost but not yet old enough to abandon her; and her d ...more

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