Thursday, 9 June 2011
Review: Dork Diaries - Pop Star by Rachel Renee Russell
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Released: June 9th, 2011
Grade rating: B+/A-
Ever since she started at her posh private school Nikki Maxwell has been doing everything she can to keep everyone from learning the truth - that she's there on scholarship in exchange for her Dad working as the school's exterminator. But now it looks like her secret might be about to come out and Nikki's willing to go to any zany and wacky length to prevent that from happening. And when a major talent competition is announced with a school scholarship being the top prize the timing seems perfect! But as usual for Nikki nothing is ever as simple as it seems...
Dork Diaries is one of those series that seems to get better with each book. Pop Star might just be my favourite so far, and as usual I read it in one go. Once I start reading these, I just can't stop - they're so fun and addictive!
In Pop Star, Nikki Maxwell's life starts to fall apart (at least that's what it seems like to her). Her school scholarship is in jeopardy, and there's only one thing to do: compete to win one in the school talent show. Her arch-nemesis, McKenzie, is of course entering too, which leads to a friend-stealing, underhanded head-to-head challenge for the winning title.
As always, Nikki deals with her unfortunate luck in the only way she can: by writing witty, melodramatic diary entries that Britain's very own fictional drama queen, Georgia Nicolson, would no doubt be proud of. Nikki does what needs to be done, often with cringeworthingly embarrassing results. I mean, being seen singing in front of everyone with your little sister at a pizza joint isn't something you want your crush to see on YouTube, is it?! No, I thought not! Rather than emigrate when this happens, Nikki does the only think she can: puts her singing talent to good use!
I'm so glad this series will be continuing for at least another couple of books, and I'm convinced it should be as popular as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Middle grade girls will love Nikki and her friends, and I'm looking forward to seeing what she gets herself into next. Love it!