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Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  581 Ratings  ·  79 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
Paperback, 252 pages
Published April 19th 2007 by Aladdin (first published April 25th 2006)
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Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is about a girl who is managing everything from her father leaving, to her older sister not shopping for groceries and not watching their little brother, to her little brother needing help reading, to her grades in school dropping. I gave this a 3 out of 5 stars because it is a realistic fiction book that is not that relate able.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 because this book wasn't extraordinarily impressionable on me. Five star rated books would be books that would make me want to better myself. A book that makes me more aware about my surroundings. This book was well written but not extraordinary in my opinion.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a pretty good book, nut got pretty overwhelming at the middle of the book. I liked the way the problems piled up.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This a very good book about a girl facing problems that most people have probably never faced. It is a highly recommended book. (Warning: it can become pretty crazy)
Nov 16, 2010 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
Mar 11, 2008 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,
Molly L
Nov 08, 2012 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
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for

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
Jun 20, 2014 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
Kim Robbins
Aug 05, 2013 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
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
Jun 24, 2013 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
Peony Minassian
Mar 30, 2012 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
Natalie Baghdadlian
May 01, 2011 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
Feb 24, 2009 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
Jun 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 05, 2009 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
Nov 23, 2009 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
Stefanie Wass
Oct 14, 2011 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
Oct 10, 2012 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.
Apr 17, 2010 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.
YeonJe Sung
Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all the teens
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.
Oct 04, 2007 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.
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
Apr 15, 2011 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.
Dec 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. This has examples of real life problems. Like the dad leaving the family. It is a good book for girls like me. I gave it 4 stars because it was an interesting book but it got boring sometimes.
It was kind of the classic girl with problem siblings, mom who comes home late at night from her business job, and the main girl having to make dinner every night. I don't know. It just seemed stereotypical.
Mar 05, 2011 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.
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