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Let's Pretend This Never Happened

(Dear Dumb Diary #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  16,838 ratings  ·  692 reviews
Read the hilarious, candid, (and sometimes not-so-nice,) diaries of Jamie Kelly, who promises that everything in her diary is true...or at least as true as it needs to be.

School was okay today. Actually, it was better than okay. Angeline got her long, beautiful hair tangled in one of the jillion things she has dangling from her backpack, and the school nurse -- who is now
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 2004)
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Stephanie Middleton
Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
Hahahaha! This was hilarious and a quick read. I'm a huge fan of the Georgia Nicholson diaries for teens and this series reminds me a bit of them, although aimed at the younger set. It's basically about middle schooler Jamie Kelly, who vents to her "dumb diary" about school, boys, her dog, her family, and most of all, her arch-nemesis, the perfect Angeline. Supplementing each diary entry are these humorous illustrations (drawn by our heroine) that had me laughing out loud.

As a kiddo librarian, I
April (Aprilius Maximus)

I reread this book for my rereading childhood favourites video!

representation: yeeeahhhhh, none from what I read.

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


DNF on page 26 of my reread. As much as this book series influenced me so much as a kid in terms of keeping my own diaries and reading more books, it just doesn't hold up today. It has some of the worst fat-shaming I've seen in a middle grade and I'm v sad about
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My third-grader had belly-laughs as she read this book. It's not one that I would have selected for her, but we all have our guilty-pleasure reads.

Lines I liked:
"By the way, you know how the name for Angeline's hair color is 'Gloriously Heavenly Sunshine'? The people at the dye company named the one that matches mine 'Groundhog'" (22).

"I was so glad that my hair was back the way that nature had inflicted" (23).

"Mr. Evans said that I pretty much need an A on my mythology report or my grades would
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl named Jamie who has an enemy.The enemys name is Angeline.Angline was mean to Jamie.For example Angeline started to throw meat loaf in the cafeteria.But Jamie got in trouble for it.While Jamie was getting in trouble Angeline was wiping her hands off from the meat loaf.But is it true that Angeline is really that mean. I recommend this book because you can make connections to the book if you have an enemy of your own.Also it is very funny and very dumb.
Rachel Q

This book is pretty nice for me because Jamie seems to be a crazy girl.. this book also makes you laugh.. ! :D


Jamie Kelly is a girl that has a diary.. and she writes crazy stuff about people and makes some drawings (not really just the author LOL!)Jamie's qualities are clever.. Jamie's hair dye name is "Groundhog".
Her eye color is green and her crush is called Hudson Rivers. Her bff is called Isabella. Angeline is a clever girl too..she has a nice hair. Her hair's name is "Go
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it is funny and silly,and because its like a girls diary
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-mg
I picked this up mostly for "research," because I'm working on a diary-format novel with a character who starts out in middle school/junior high. I was disappointed by the slut-shaming and fatphobia in this book, and by the MC's stereotypical girl-hate. There really is no plot, other than "I'm jealous of Angeline and I hate her but I love her" and suddenly in the last few pages half a bazillion things happen, plot twist! after plot twist! after PLOT TWIST!!

The MC's voice is funny (though her per
Olivia Cooper
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I decided to read this book because it fits into one of the categorys on the bingo board. This book fits into the category: Your own choice. This category is interesting because you get to read watever book you want to so there is a better chance you will enjoy it. My favourite quote from the book is: “This means that I don't have to run faster than the psychotic-maniac-vampire-cannibal, I just have to run faster than whoever is with me when the psychotic-maniac-vampire-cannibal starts chasing u ...more
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jamie Kelly is in eighth grade and keeps a diary about her life. She writes about a popular girl, her dog, her best friend, her mom's cooking, and her messy messy cousin. As she writes, you can see that her life isn't fun and games.
Dear Dumb Dairy is a funny book because of the way Jamie writes and thinks. Its also has funny pictures that show what she talks about, which is kinda funny. And don't worry about school, try to enjoy the book.
I like this book because of its funniness and weirdness
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
it's like a grown man who never went to public school wrote a book from the point of view of a middle school girl. oh wait. that's what it is. i recommend reading it out loud on the floor of the children's section of barnes and noble to your friends, like i did. ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl named Jamie and she is friends with another girl named Isabella.Isabella is always get in trouble but Jamie is always going off in to her own world. she is always taking the the blame for other people’s mistakes including Isabella’s. The main thing that this book was about is Jamie wants to steal her cousin’s permanent record Angeline but when she finally remembers to take the record!😀😀. But two days later when her cousin arrived she lost it!!! The next day she was maki ...more
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-quite-ya
This book starts the entire "Dear Dumb Diary" children's series. This book introduces the main character, a very spunky and opinionated girl, and her friends and family, who appear in the series multiple times as well. The stories have barely any plot, and probably really has no value in society, but considering it's written for children, then it's passable with two stars. I read this series when I was younger and the experience still feels fresh. I remember enjoying it a lot because the author ...more
Troy Martin
Jul 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Tony Colorio
Dec 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
This was probably not a very good choice for me in the beginning hence the cover (that proves that the theory "You can never judge a book by it's cover" wrong) but alas, I read it. I did not find this book very entertaining at all. I thought it had a lot of girly content, so it got boring quickly. Also the author, in my opinion, was not very descriptive at all. I think this book would be better for a girl to read not me. ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I basically just read this for nostalgic purposes. I remember absolutely loving this when I was in Primary School, and while I din't find it as amazing as I did when I was younger, I really enjoyed it. I'd definitely recommend this for younger audiences, like maybe 8-12 year old girls. ...more
Jan 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
This bok was terrific because it was so interesting and it also painted a picture in my mind!!!!!!This book would always keep me guessing!!!
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I remember reading these in elementary school, so when I found them at the library, I had to reread them. Let me just say, this humour is so dry
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-kids
Much funnier than I expected. Why weren't these as big as Wimpy Kid? ...more
Apr 03, 2020 added it
Shelves: read-as-a-kid
you know looking back on these books from my current homosexual viewpoint. i think the girl rivalry here was definitely like. at least a little gay
Aug 16, 2019 added it
Shelves: lgbt-subtext, kidlit
Literally the gayest thing ever written. Maurice - sobbing. Giovanni's Room - having a seizure. The Color Purple - found dead in Miami ...more
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
The Dear Dumb Diary series is written by Jim Benton, the creator of the infamous unofficial mascot of the early 2000's to preteen girls with an attitude everywhere, Happy Bunny. That's where you know you're already off to a good start. Herein lies the adventures and mishaps of Jamie Kelly, a disgruntled middle schooler inhabiting a world of semi-realism and semi-nightmarish fantasy whose detailed descriptions and illustrations may or may not be exaggerated.

In this first installation Jamie has d
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Dear Dumb Diary....

"Perfect girls make perfect enemies." (Jim Benton) . Jamie Kelly writes in her diary every day talking about her suposly miserable life with her most hated enemiy Angelina wich she swears is the most beautifull girl on school,and the world. She writes all about her her life and exaggerating events that occure in it. You can see what is going on also with the drawings and the explanation under it with a humor that cracks you up and this book was the reason I smiled at a buch o
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a good, quick, fun read. It is mainly for those who are in middle school or so I felt. Jaime is in middle school and she is going through what most middle schoolers fear: the popular girl at school is trying to ruin her life. Or it seems to be that way at least. Some people may feel that this book is inappropriate for younger children just because Jaime lables the other kids in her school as "dork, loser, etc." I got a pretty good laugh at some events that were going on because I co ...more
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
I thought this was hilarious...hey, there's a crucial supporting character who is a beagle named Stinker, who has the most amazing grouchy facial expressions ever and actually does eat the narrator's homework. What's not to love?
Honestly, I liked it better than my 10 year old daughter did. Different strokes and all that. She likes the also wonderful Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Lifewhich has pictures that are cuter and more manga-esque. (Yeah, I know manga-esque is not a word. Well
Kathleen Behrendt
This is the first book in the popular series for girls, Dear Dumb Diary. The main character, Jamie Kelly, wants to be part of the popular group. She will do just about anthing to achieve that goal - including stealing the permanent file of the most popular girl in school, Angeline, to try and find some dirt about her. The writing is very funny, and just a little sassy. There is just enough gross humor (ex. the page 65 drawings of her beagle Stinker and his fascination with his butt) to possibly ...more
Staci Browning
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-1-12
Cute! I really enjoyed this first book, I am reading the first three for my Author Report and I have really enjoyed reading this so far. The main character, Jamie Kelly, is a 12 year old girl in the sixth grade. The entire book is her diary, and her entries. It is simple and an easy read but I found myself laughing at some of the silly things she does each day, he drawings especially!

Another aspect of the book I really enjoyed was that is was not all words. Sometimes when there is a ton of writ
Katt Hansen
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Well, I'm not sure what to think. Add this to the whole slew of 'diary' kinds of books, where a story is told entirely in entries into...what else...a girl's diary.

I thought our main character was more than a bit shallow. Yet the story had a few good points, even if I wanted to shake her HARD more than once. I kind of wish I didn't know kids like her. Sadly I do.

Still, it's a quick read and might be just the thing to get reluctant readers interested in a story that's definitely not too hard to
Brittney Sutton
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is mostly about a middle schooler writing her thoughts, opinions, challenges, and everything that happens to her mostly at school and at home in her diary. She struggles to get through middle school with pretty popular girls or boys and teachers. Her only thing she can tell her secrets to is her diary and she goes through struggles/stages but she makes herself feel better because she lets out her feelings.
I rated this book a 4 because I thought I can relate when I entered middle schoo
Canadian Reader
I read 1/4 of this book just to get the flavor of it. It's a Wimpy Kid for girls. Written in diary format, it includes doodles and musings on everyday loves and mostly hates of an early middle school girl, mostly focusing on main character Jamie Kelly's arch nemesis, the beautiful blond, Angeline. Nothing to write home about, but given the popularity of Wimpy Kid, something for reluctant girl readers ...more
nae-babe is  a cool person
Oct 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I learned that being mean is not the way to go..
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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

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