Thursday, September 10, 2015

Book Review: Dork Diaries 3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star (Dork Diaries, #3) by Rachel Renée Russell

Author: Rachel Renée Russell
Publisher: Aladdin
Pages: 320
Format: E-book
Published: June, 2011
Price: $10.29 -> Rp139.316 (Amazon)
Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Date started: August 9, 2015 - Date finished: August 13, 2015

Nikki Maxwell has been doing everything she can to keep everyone at school from learning the truth--that she's there on scholarship in exchange for her Dad working as the school's exterminator. The last thing Nikki needs is having her friends and--worst case scenario--her crush, Brandon, associating her with the humongous roach on top of her Dad's van! Now it looks like her secret could be about to come out, and Nikki's willing to go to any zany and wacky length to prevent that from happening. The timing seems perfect when a major talent competition is announced with a school scholarship offered as the top prize. Nikki loves to sing and dance and now she gets to have tons of fun with her friends while competing for a chance to free her Dad from his obligation! (And free herself from all that potential damage to her reputation . . .) Once again, hijinks and misunderstandings aplenty ensue, as well as more hilarious and heartwarming moments with Nikki and her friends.
*this review might contain minor spoilers

Nikki Maxwell is your run-of-the-mill girl. She likes a boy, has the greatest-most-thoughtful best friends in the world, and has an arch-nemesis that she hates with all of her guts. So, in this third installment of Dork Diaries we follow Nikki's journey as she tries to figure out a way to pay her school tuition because when her school was facing a pest problem she refuses to let her father know and to come to her school.

You see, Nikki Maxwell is able to go to Westchester Country Day because of a scholarship. The scholarship wasn't because she's smart though, it's because her father agreed to become the school's exterminator. Nikki would like nobody to know about her dad's job because her arch-nemesis already knows about it and if everyone knows about it her life would be runied. If Nikki's dad came to school and MacKenzie saw him she'll make Nikki's life a laughingstock of the whole school.

So, when Nikki got a notice from her school about her tuition she freaked! She wondered if it was all her fault because she didn't tell the principal's message to her father about the school's pest problem. She doesn't want to tell her dad so she must find another way to pay for her school tuition. When the school was about to held its annual talent show competition with a prize that could pay for her tuition she's determined to win it, but we'll never know if her plan will succeed or get ruined by MacKenzie.
“Dream big dreams, because little dreams have no magic.”
Nikki and her BFFs (Chloe and Zoey)
This was my first dork diaries book I've ever read. I haven't even read the first two books in the series, I just had the third book on my kindle and when I was looking for a light and quick read, I decided to read this book and it was quite entertaining though at times Nikki can be quite annoying.

I liked the fact that this book is very easy to read, obviously do to the fact that it is a middle grade book. As a teen I find that some aspects of the story can be quite annoying. For instance, when Nikki's band cannot perform in the talent show because she hasn't put the band's name in the registration sheet but instead she wrote another name it took her a long time, almost to the end of the book to figure out the loophole on dealing with it. Meanwhile I just immediately figured it out.

The characterization of the book is also quite good for a middle grade book. MacKenzie is the perfect bitch for this series because she's just perfectly sneaky, mean, and evil in every way I kind of want to slap her in the face. Nikki kind of reminds me of Greg Heffley in Diary of A Wimpy Kid because at times Nikki can be quite whiny and annoying. Both of those traits are what I hate about Greg and I kind of hate it on Nikki too. But besides that, Nikki is okay.

I'm interested in reading the rest of the book series to see how Nikki's character has progressed. Will she be more mature in the next books or just keep staying this way. I also would like to read the first two books to get a glimpse of how Nikki is at first. Overall, if any of you are looking for a light and quick book to read, which has some funny elements to it and some cool illustrations then I suggest you give this book series a go!

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