October 7, 2009

Book Review: Dear Dumb Diary

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Ddd_130 Unless you’ve been living in a cave, most of you avid readers have probably heard of the Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton. (I mean, we’ve only written about it on Ink Splot, like a zillion times!) Recently, I crawled OUT of MY cave to discover this series! At first I thought, “Oh cool, another cute middle school series,” but after reading it — WOW — these books have some bite! And I am hooked.

Jamie Kelly is your average middle-schooler with an average (but evil) best friend, Isabella, and an average (but sickeningly beautiful) nemesis, Angeline. Okay, maybe I’m being dramatic, but Jamie is dramatic . . . and did I mention hilarious?

In the Dear Dumb Diary books, Jamie warns us not to read her diary in disclaimers such as, “Only a super gross person reads another person’s diary.” And, “If you are Angeline, I did NOT give you permission, so stop it.” Each book is like a mini-journal which follows something going on at the time in Jamie’s life.

Like right now, I just finished Book 4: Never Do Anything Ever in which Jamie starts collecting money for an online charity to channel her “inner beautiosity.” Which is basically because Angeline has been collecting money for charities and Jamie wants to outdo her (and attract the attention of her super-cute crush, Hudson). It backfires, thanks to Jamie’s aforementioned friend Isabella — but I can’t reveal exactly how things go wrong! You’ll just have to read it for yourself!

Besides an overall entertaining story, each of the little daily occurrences and descriptions are wickedly funny. For instance, Jamie is paired with a bunch of misfits on her team in gym class, and she refers to one guy as “That Ugly Guy Whose Name I Forget” . . . or as she calls him for short, “TUGWNIF.” You feel like you are reading something slightly naughty or mean . . . but then you remember this is someone’s “diary” and you’re not supposed to be reading it . . . and somehow it’s okay! It’s hard to describe, so I can only recommend you read the series!

And if you’ve already read any Dear Dumb Diary books, give me a shout! What are your favorite books of the series? Let me know which ones I should check out next!

— Ratha, STACKS Writer

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  1. amber

    I have been meaning to start reading this book so I started reading 2 weeks ago and I havent stoped reading it is soooooooooo good.

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  2. K.L. H

    Yes i love this series and book_worm_ you’re so right, this series is like a female version of the Diary of a Wimpy kid series. that’s exactly what i thought. and guys i’m making a new series, the first book’s called Ventura Village. it’ll probably be out in stores in mid November. please read it! I’m begging you! it’ll really help me. Thanks.=)

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  3. warrior-catgirl

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These are the best books ever!!!!!! I own all of them even the planner and journal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Waterlily5055

    I love this book!!!!!!!!!!My favorite is “The Problem With Here Is Thats Where I’m From”!I LOVE DEAR DUMB DIARY!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. book_worm_

    These books are so funny. they’re great for a bit of light reading. It’s like a female version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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  6. Jianni

    i think dear dumb diary is very funny. it has parts in it that makes you laugh for almost 3 minutes straight. the author makes the book look good because of the illustrations that she uses

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  7. Sweet_Heart13

    I. LOVE. Dear Dumb Diary. Books!!!!!!
    Gawd, they r the best. if u’re wondering which to check out, i have an one word answer. ALL!!!
    i’ve read all of them (or i’m pretty sure i did) and i loved them all! they r SO hilarious and funny. Jamie, Isabella, and Angeline are a hoot of laughs. lolz. u have just got to check them out! You know, Jim Benton made Happy Bunny, too. These books r perfect for anyone up for laughs! ;)

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  8. mila

    my favorite book is um?????????????????i forgot oh yeah its the one where the girl is looking in the mirror and her reflection is a frog in a dress could you check that one out for me thanks

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  9. stacksrlesfrevr

    OK Let me just say…THEY ARE TOTALLY FUNNY! I think if you are have trouble wth something or just want a good laugh the “Dear Dumb Diary” series is just right for you! read!

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  10. elizabeth

    I have read the Dear Dumb Diary books, and I love them! [sorry to be saying dumb,
    but I had to say the title.] I think they are hilarious, and recommend them to everybody over 6. I said over 6 because they have some really big words that I don’t think anyone six or under could read or understand. Otherwise, this is a great book!

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  11. Kiki

    Wow, I just finished that book too! I love it. I am in 5th grade and all of my friends are reading it. My friends are giving out nicknames to everyone from that book. Im Colette :D She comes in the 6th book. Well have fun reading :D

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