Friday, 18 January 2013
Review: Dear Dork by Rachel Renee Russell
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's
Released: October 11th, 2012
When Nikki Maxwell discovers that her arch-nemesis, Mackenzie, has started writing a gossip column for the school newspaper she's worried that Mackenzie might be about to reveal some secret info about Nikki's crush, Brandon, that she knows he won't want the whole school to find out about. To keep an eye on what Mackenzie's up to, Nikki decides to join the newspaper too, and somehow ends up working as the advice columnist, Miss Know-It-All. At first it's fun to answer all the letters from the kids at school, but when Miss Know-It-All's inbox is suddenly overflowing with pleas for guidance, Nikki feels in need of some help herself. Fortunately she has BFFs Chloe and Zoey on her side ...and at her keyboard!
Dear Dork is fifth book in the Dork Diaries series and is just as good as the previous four instalments. It dives straight back into Nikki Maxwell's life and is funnier than ever!
Dear Dork chronicles the month of January in Nikki's life (quite appropriate that I read it then, too) and her troubles with the horrid, calculating Mackenzie. Add to that Nikki's ever-growing crush on Brandon, a stint as a chocolate bar seller and her first toilet-papering, and her life is as crazy as always!
Nikki gets a job of sorts in this book, working on the school newspaper. She becomes the advice columnist Miss Know-It-All, doling out advice like its going out of fashion. The letters and her replies are so fun to read, and I can imagine it actually happening in schools. In fact, I'm sure it's given a few people some good ideas for their own extra-curricular activities!
As always, Dear Dork is brilliantly illustrated and is so much fun to read. This series is still one of my favourites for the 9-12 age group and is definitely my number one recommendation for girls of that age. I can't wait to see what sticky situations Nikki gets herself into next!