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