Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star by Rachel Renee RussellI never expected to go into this book in hopes of a five-star worthy read, but I thought I would like it sufficiently enough, so I bought it.
If you are reading this review, just keep in mind that I am about 1-2 years above the intended audience age, so Im a teenager reading a tween book. But still.
Okay, lets start out with something that really bothered me- basically the entire plot line. This may be a very minor spoiler, but you find it out at the very beginning basically, so it wont be too big of a shock- Nikki gets her own reality show somehow, even though shes in an amateur band that got signed after they played one song at a school talent show or something along those lines. Very realistic. If you couldnt tell, I was being sarcastic. Nikki and her band became insta-famous I guess, because they hadnt even released ONE SONG YET and this girl got her own reality show. Ugh.
Still, it wasnt all bad. There were some cute and funny moments and no matter how unrealistic the plot seems, it was still pretty creative.
But Mackenzie is always out to get Nikki, and youre never wondering who pulled off the evil prank or who is to blame for every problem. Nikki needs a new villainess- one of her friends perhaps? I know, its intense, but doesnt it sound way more I intriguing?
Okay, that aside, the grammatical choice and overused punctuation was extremely annoying. A common example, SQUEE!!!!!!!. And exactly like that, too. No joke.
And then there was the dreaded cray-cray. I have no idea if its just me, but abbreviated words that dont need abbreviated (take totes as the shortened form of totally, for example) make me shiver. Especially when the abbreviation actually MAKES IT LONGER. Who invented this, and why? I dont even know.
I counted the cray-crays. There were about three. Thats approximately one per every hundred pages. That is three too many.
Oh, and I spotted a hashtag-something-or-other in there too. I mentally (and probably physically) cringed.
Less noticeable was what accompanied the similes. It would say, Brianna was blowing kisses and posing like she was a pageant princess from Toddlers and Tiaras, but then it would add or something. It would have flowed much smoother without that, especially for all the creative similes throughout the book.
I didnt expect to not like this installment as much as the others. I think it might have been all the added exclamation marks and such, because as I looked through my other books from this series those seemed to be much less prominent. I was a little harsh on this review, but these books are always cute for when you want a light read with nice illustrations, and I like this series enough that I will probably still buy the next book.
Rachel Renee Russell's Dork Diaries series
Dork Diaries 7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star
The series, written in a diary format, uses drawings , doodles , and comic strips to chronicle the daily life of its year-old protagonist, Nikki Maxwell, in and outside of middle school. Her older daughter, Erin, helps with writing and her younger daughter, Nikki, helps with illustrations. Dork Diaries is published by Aladdin Paperbacks. Over 5 million copies of the Dork Diaries books are in print in the United States, and publishing rights have been sold in 32 countries with translation into 28 different languages. Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell is not happy when her father arranges a scholarship for her to attend a private middle school called Westchester Country Day as part of the contract for his bug extermination services. Nikki does not fit in with the wealthy, designer clad students and spends most of her time alone writing in her diary. To make matters worse, she has a locker right next to the school's most popular girl, MacKenzie Hollister.
It was released on June 3, In this book, Nikki gets an opportunity to have her own, centered, television show. Nikki is juggling a lot this month. A reality TV crew is following Nikki and her friends as they record their hit song together, plus there are voice lessons, karate practice and family problems. In the book, Nikki also joins a karate class, which has a karate teacher who is rather mean to the class and eats the entire lessons. Nikki reveals that the previous day was beyond hectic, fearing she and her friends could have been thrown in prison.