Thursday, 13 June 2013

Review: Dork Diaries - Holiday Heartbreak by Rachel Renee Russell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's
Format: Hardcover
Released: June 6th, 2012
Rating: 9/10

Amazon summary:

It's the biggest dance of the year and Nikki Maxwell is hoping her crush, Brandon, wants to be her date. But time is running out. What if he doesn't want to go with her? Or worse - what if he ends up going with Mackenzie?!!


Holiday Heartbreak is the sixth (yes, sixth!) book in the excellent Dork Diaries series. I'm not sure where the time's gone since book one was published, but Nikki's now getting very grown up and things finally seem to be progressing with her crush, Brandon. Yay!

In this book, Nikki is getting mixed messages from Brandon and, thanks to a not-so-handy magazine article, she thinks he doesn't like her. Of course, Queen Bee Mackenzie is interfering as per usual, leaving Nikki a bit confused. There's also a school dance where the girls have to ask the boys, which causes all kinds of anxiety among the students. Ah, adolescence; how I never wish to go back there!

Usually I find that after six books a series can become somewhat repetitive, but thankfully that isn't the case here. Each Dork Diaries book seems to be even better than the last one, with more drama and laughs than expected. I think Holiday Heartbreak is actually my favourite of the series so far, and if I had the next book I would have read it straight away!

Aimed at the 9+ age range, the Dork Diaries series is easily the best available for girls of that age. I really do love it and would have absolutely adored it when I was younger - funny books have always been a favourite of mine and they still are now. Dork Diaries is effortlessly entertaining, includes lots of drawings to compliment the text and should be on every girl's book shelf. Really, I think they should just be mandatory reading - Nikki Maxwell is a great character to read about and is the best Dork around!

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