Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Review: My Totally Secret Diary - Reality TV Nightmare by Dee Shulman

Publisher: Doubleday
Format: Hardcover
Released: February 4th, 2010
Grade rating: C+/B-

Amazon summary:

Polly Price didn't think it was possible for her actress mother, Arabella Diamonte, to be any more embarrassing than on the trip to San Francisco last summer. That is until she agrees to take part in a television program called Celebrity Home Watch and a camera crew arrives at their home to film. Her mother lacks volume control at the best of times, so this is truly a reality tv nightmare - with no escape for Polly!


My Totally Secret Diary: Reality TV Nightmare is a quick read that will really appeal to younger readers who like their books to be a little more interactive. It's filled with eccentric characters, quirky drawings and real photographs depicting people and places mentioned in the story.

My favourite character was Vanilla, Polly's mum's crazy life coach. She was really into astrology and tarot, and wow did she talk some cosmic rubbish! If I was Polly, I would have been seriously miffed at the prospect of sharing a house with this woman, so all things considered, I think she handled it very well. If I ever see a lady resembling Vanilla, I'll be running in the opposite direction, that's for sure.

I occasionally had a bit of trouble with the layout of the pages, as they're very busy, with a lot going on. Having to stop and check I'd caught everything briefly disrupted my flow of reading, and proved to be a bit of a distraction. I'm sure younger readers will have no problem with it at all, and will highly approve of the packed pages.

The story itself was a bit far-fetched, but I think that added to the humour and tone of the book. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong, and poor Polly is left to avoid being teased by older boys and being humiliated in front of her peers. It's not an easy life, but then being a teenager never is. Dee Shulman has a created a book that is fast and fun, and is guaranteed to be a hit with fans of the diary-and-drawing format.


Luisa at Chicklish said...

I really love the sound of these books! Great review - thank you!

Nina said...

I dont think this book is for me, but I am sure that my niece will love this one. Just look at that cover, it's so fun!

Becky said...

This is definitely not my kind of thing but I'm thinking it might appeal to younger girls so yet another addition to the schol library.

Andrea said...

It looks interesting, maybe not for me though.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really loved the format of this book, though I agree that the plot was quite far fetched. Great review!

Sasha said...

I really enjoyed this book which I think is a tad embarrasing seeing as it is a bit young for me lol x