Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Review: Dork Diaries - TV Star by Rachel Renee Russell
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books
Format: Hardcover / eBook
Released: June 5th, 2014
Nikki and her friends are about to have their five minutes of fame! A reality TV crew is going to follow them for the whole month as they record their hit song together. But will the excitement also cause unexpected problems, now that cameras are everywhere Nikki and her friends go? Is life in the spotlight really going to be all they think it is or will it be a Dork Disaster?
TV Star is the seventh instalment in the fantastic Dork Diaries series and carries on from where Holiday Heartbreak left off. Nikki's life is actually going ok (surprise surprise!) and suddenly it's even better - she's getting her own reality TV show! Obviously it's exciting, life-changing stuff, but we all know that being followed around all day isn't all it's cracked up to be...
Nikki still has her fair share of obstacles and drama in TV Star. MacKenzie is still on the warpath, things with Brandon aren't going as well as she'd hoped and her packed schedule is exhausting. She finds out that being famous isn't the most important thing in life, and really it's friends and family that matter most.
TV Star is another excellent addition to this series that has become one of my all-time favourites. Tweens are so lucky to have an accessible series like this that is funny and honest - I wish it had existed when I was younger. Rachel Renee Russell's diary format glimpses into Nikki Maxwell's life are ones that will resonate with so many readers, young or old, and either help them with similar situations or make them think back to a time when life was somewhat simpler. We've all got a hidden dork!
As always, this book is entertaining, enjoyable and brilliantly illustrated. After seven books I now feel like Nikki, Chloe and Zoey are my friends, and I hope this series continues for a long time to come. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book already!