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Kid Konnection – Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker

August 24, 2013

Dork Diaries

Nikki Maxwell is back and this time she’s worried about the sweetheart dance.  The girls are supposed to invite the boys to this dance and Nikki really wants to invite Brandon but she can’t tell if he likes her or not.  In fact, she suspects he just might like Mackenzie.  To try to figure things out, Nikki refers to a magazine checklist which leaves her even more confused.  She finally comes up with a way to ask him to the dance but that seems to backfire too.  Now, she doesn’t know what to do.

I liked Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker by Rachel Renée Russell but I didn’t love it.  I have a feeling the target audience of middle grade school girls would feel differently though.  The story was cute and I really liked that Nikki is true to herself and doesn’t try to be something she’s not.  She acts her age and isn’t overly sophisticated like some young characters are.  I also liked the solution Nikki’s friends came up with.  This is the sixth book in the Dork Diaries series but it’s not necessary to have read the previous books to follow what is going on.

Even though I liked the book, I did have a few issues with it.  One was the overuse of the phrase OMG in conversations.  It was used so often, I finally had to ask someone if girls that age actually use it in conversations and was told that they do, so I suspect it wouldn’t bother young readers the way it did me.  My second issue with the book was the fact that Nikki’s happiness seemed to hinge on Brandon paying her some attention.  While I do realize that is probably true to life, I like to see better role models in books.  Overall, I liked the book and suspect young readers would love it.

I listened to the audio version of this book.  Jenni Barber does a great job of narrating.  She was convincing as a middle school girl.  The audio is on 3 CDs and lasts approximately 3 hours.

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Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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7 Comments leave one →
  1. sandynawrot permalink
    August 24, 2013 6:35 am

    See, that would drive me nuts. I use OMG when I text or type sometimes, but in verbal conversations I can’t handle it. But that is how kids talk, and they probably love these books. I’m a little glad we are past this stage.

  2. August 24, 2013 7:22 am

    I find MG the hardest genre to review, because I think that is maybe the hardest mindset to get back into from being an adult. MGers are very into silly, and while I tend to be very silly even as an alleged adult, it’s a different kind of silly!

  3. August 24, 2013 8:07 am

    My daughter likes this series. She is twelve and is still not boy crazy. I wouldn’t want her to get the message that she could only be happy if she had a boy in her life.

  4. August 24, 2013 12:22 pm

    I haven’t read any of these, but it sounds like a cute series. Gotta love 3 hour audiobooks too!

  5. August 25, 2013 10:21 am

    My son just read the first book in this series and really liked it. Is this the latest book in the series? He’s only in 3rd grade so I haven’t heard OMG very much. I’m dreading the day when/if he stars saying it regularly!

  6. August 25, 2013 1:34 pm

    The Girl really enjoyed this series, but I think she’s outgrown it since she doesn’t seem to want the newest books. I just asked her about OMG and she says she’s never heard her friends use it in conversation though sometimes in texting. I don’t like the idea of a main character whose happiness depends on a boy. That doesn’t help reinforce the message I’m trying to teach her, but then again, as long as she knows it’s fiction…

  7. bookingmama permalink
    August 25, 2013 4:33 pm

    Booking Daughter loved this series when she was reading middle grade books, and I admit I enjoyed the first few too. I’m curious about how the audio works since the book is a graphic novel…

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