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Dork Diaries #6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker

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Dork Diaries #6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker

After swimming in the waves, there is nothing better than stretching out on a lounger with a good book. Laughing my husband asks, “Am I the only one reading an adult book?” My daughters and I nod in unison.  Here we were tic-tac-toe three readers in a row --- all reading a Dork Diaries book.  It was a reading bonding moment with my girls.

"The author has a funny take on traumatic events that take place in school. The books capture the difficulties of navigating life."

Curiosity gets the best of me; I have to know what all the Dork Diaries series hype is all about. Now I know what the attraction is to this bestselling series that has kids flocking to the bookstores. The books are entertaining and chock full of funny pictures. I really liked the form letter for getting out of swim class --- I wish I had a form letter for getting out of classes when I was in school.  Mostly the appeal is that the diary touches on topics of interest for tween kids (crushes, mean kids, disappointments and special events).

DORK DIARIES: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-HAPPY HEARTBREAKER is the sixth book in the series. Nikki Maxwell is gearing up for the popular Sweetheart Dance. She is hoping to ask her crush, Brandon. The only drawback is she needs the courage to ask him and the dance isn’t too far off. Then she gets mixed messages from Brandon. Shortly after he makes plans to do something with her, he texts her to cancel. Then snooty Mackenzie informs her that she and Brandon are going to the dance. Nikki can’t be sure if that’s true or not, but with the dance date looming in the near future, she needs to swing into action and ask him. She decides to make a Valentine Day card inviting him to go to the dance. Finally, she musters the nerve to give him the card, but it drops and slides to the front of the class near the teacher’s feet. Ugh! It’s so embarrassing.

More awkward moments are in store for her such as the time her sister was playing Miss Bri-Bri, Fashionista Hairstylist and accidently cuts a braid off. The worst is yet to happen. Miss Bri-Bri snaps a picture and sends it to everyone on Nikki’s contact list. Of course her BFF’s love funny pictures.  Now Brandon has a hideous photo of her. Then Nikki can’t believe her eyes when the revolting picture is made into posters to vote for Nikki for the Sweetheart Princess. She is sure that she’s the laughing stock of middle school. Nikki feels doomed --- will she get over the ugly posters circulating and go to the dance with Brandon?

DORK DIARIES: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-HAPPY HEARTBREAKER brought back memories of middle school. The author has a funny take on traumatic events that take place in school. The books capture the difficulties of navigating life. It has a lighthearted approach to miscommunication through texting, working out problems, learning to ask out a boy and dealing with snarky girls like Mackenzie. I enjoyed the book from the first page to the last. It seems my girls like the series, too. When I peeked in their bedroom in the morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see them reading their Dork Diaries books --- without my prompting, too! If a book can keep their interest and entertain them, then as a mom and avid reader, I love this series.

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Purcell on June 5, 2013

Dork Diaries #6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker
by Rachel Renée Russell

  • Publication Date: June 4, 2013
  • Genres: Youth Fiction
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • ISBN-10: 1442449632
  • ISBN-13: 9781442449633