Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Review: Dork Diaries - Party Time by Rachel Renee Russell
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Released: August 5th, 2010
Grade rating: B+
Nikki is finally starting to adjust to life at her new school and things are looking up. She's made some real friends and her major crush, Brandon, even asks her to be his lab partner in science, Hello! Seriously awesome development! But when Nikki overhears mean girl Mackenzie bragging that Brandon's going to take her to the Halloween dance, a bummed Nikki agrees to spend Halloween at a kids' party for her little sister Brianna. It's only after she makes the commitment that she finds out Mackenzie was lying and that her dream of going to the party with Brandon could be a reality. Now she's got two parties to juggle, what's a girl to do?
Those of you who read my Dork Diaries review will remember how much I enjoyed it, and how much I've been looking forward to Party Time. I'm glad to say that this second instalment is just as fun as the first, and is the perfect book for readers of around nine years and older.
Nikki Maxwell is back, and this time she has a major problem: she's over-booked! Not only is she supposed to be at a ballet class Halloween party, but she's also supposed to be organising the school dance and hanging out with two different groups of people. All at the same time. Nothing is ever easy or quiet for Nikki, and how she juggles this night of epicness is both hilarious and stressful. I won't say whether she pulls it off or not - you'll just have to read it and find out!
As with Dork Diaries, Party Time is funny, realistic and visually appealing. The illustrations add so much to the story, and I'm not just talking about an extra laugh or two when you see Nikki almost get her eye poked out by little sister Brianna. They really add an extra element of enjoyment to the book, and I can just imagine how much I would have loved to read these when I was 9.
The Dork Diaries series is fast becoming my favourite for younger readers, and I really hope there are more dorky stories living in Rachel Renee Russell's head. I'm sure Nikki has many more embarrassing moments just waiting to happen, as well as lots of gossip to share about her crush on Brandon. More please!