Category Archives: Dear Dumb Diary

September 15, 2016

Book Review: Dear Dumb Diary

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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

September 5, 2013

Dear Dumb Diary Movie Sneak Peek

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Emily Alyn Lind in Dear Dumb Diary Movie

Whatever you do, DON’T tell Jamie that Dear Dumb Diary is now a movie musical!

Rumor has it that the one-and-only Jamie Kelly, some of her best pals, worst enemies, and awesomely dumb diary are coming to a TV near you. You heard us right. You can tune into The Hallmark Channel at 8 p.m. on September 6th to watch as your favorite book characters come to life! You don’t even need to worry about your parents complaining that you’re staying up too late—it’s airing on a Friday, after all!

Anyway, since we’re sure you’re going to be crossing off the days until September 6th, we thought we’d share a sneak peek of some totally awesome photos from the movie set. Take a look! Continue reading

August 30, 2013

Dear Dumb Diary Movie!

Emily Alyn Lind in Dear Dumb DiaryEmily Alyn Lind in the Dear Dumb Diary Movie!

You love the books. You’ve been anxiously waiting for September 6th so you can watch the movie. But more than anything, you’ve been wondering who on Earth could bring the awesomely awesome Jamie Kelly to life? Our sentiments exactly! So we sat down recently for a very special interview with Emily Alyn Lind, 11-year-old star of Dear Dumb Diary. Key takeaways? Movie stars like to read the books their movies are based on, too! Meet Emily Alyn Lind, star of Dear Dumb Diary, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie based on the Dear Dumb Diary book series!

Scholastic: What’s it like to bring a popular book character to life?
: I loved reading Jim Benton’s books, knowing that I would be portraying [Jamie]. It was almost like doing a movie based on a real story. The character already existed and it was my job to become Jamie Kelly. I really fell in love with Jamie in the books, so I couldn’t wait to play her.

Scholastic: Are you a lot like Jamie Kelly?
I didn’t think I was much like Jamie until I got to set and started to become her. I can relate to her being a little different than the other kids in school, wanting to fit in, but at the same time wanting even more badly to be herself. I think that’s what a lot of Jr. High kids go through. I think a lot of girls will relate to Jamie, whether they are the popular kids, or the not-so-popular. She’s just trying to figure out who she is.

Scholastic: Do you keep a diary of your own?
I’ve always kept a journal from the time I could write. I love to write ANYTHING, but especially my feelings. It really helps to get your emotions onto a page, then read them back. You learn so much about yourself. Also, when you read about a time that was difficult from a couple years before, sometimes you realize that it really wasn’t that bad, that you got through it! I’m not as crazy as Jamie about hiding my journals or putting padlocks on them. I pretty much tell my family everything anyway, so it’s not a big deal if they want to sit down and read about my life!

Scholastic: What do you think are Jamie’s mom’s worst food-crimes?
I love when Jamie walks into the kitchen and sees something still moving in a boiling pot of water. What I like about Jamie’s mom’s character is that she tries so hard to make her family happy. She’s a really good mom, just not a great cook! It’s OK; my family is usually so busy that we get take-out sushi almost every night. As long as we’re all eating as a family, it doesn’t matter what it is we’re eating!

Scholastic: Do you have any pets? Are they like Stinker at all?
I love when I’m asked about pets because it’s my favorite subject! My dog’s name is Georgie. She’s a 5 lb. blonde Maltipoo, and she is my life! I have so much fun when my characters own pets because it makes me think of Georgie. Georgie isn’t as stinky as Stinker, but she hangs out in my room a lot and I talk to her the same way. Next to my sisters, she’s really my best friend. Because Jamie is an only child, I think Stinker IS her best friend.

Scholastic: Who is the Isabella in your life?
It might sound kind of corny, but I’m really close to my sisters, Natalie and Aly. I tell them everything and we’re so different and alike at the same time . . . just like Isabella. We can disagree about things, but then the next day we’re laughing and best friends again. It’s so important to have a best friend, someone you can share everything with. In Isabella’s case, she may not always do the right thing, but in the end, we have each other’s backs.

Scholastic: When you’re not on set or in school, what are your favorite hobbies?
I love to sing, write music, play guitar, make music videos, anything music related! We also produce our own movies at home. We take turns writing, directing, and starring in them. We just made a horror/comedy that was actually pretty good!
Every week, we have family movie night where we rent an old movie. My mom wants us to know all of the classics. One of my faves is Airplane (rated PG), which was directed by our Executive Producer Jerry Zucker. It’s probably the funniest movie ever made!

Scholastic: What are you reading right now?
I’m actually finishing up the Dear Dumb Diary book series right now! I was given all the books but only got through the first half during production. I love seeing where Jamie is heading. She’s such a funny and unpredictable character. I feel so lucky to be playing her. I can’t wait to see what she’s up to next!

Dear Dumb Diary airs on the Hallmark Channel Friday, September 6th at 8 p.m. Watch the trailer now!

June 6, 2012

Dear Dumb Diary Year 2!

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Ddd_130Dear Dumb Diary Year 2!

Dear Dumb Diary fans know that Jamie Kelly is in Year 2 of writing her dumb diary (which you do NOT have permission to read)! But you might be interested to know that the next book, titled The Super-Nice Are Super-Annoying, is out. (Steal a sneak peek at the first chapter here.)

PS. If you haven’t already seen how awesome Jim Benton is, then you should also watch this random, hilarious pancake love story video. Just watch it. That’s all I’m sayin’.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

April 26, 2011

Dear Dumb Diary Scavenger Hunt Answers

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Ddd_130 Last week I posted a Dear Dumb Diary Scavenger Hunt. You may have noticed that here at THE STACKS, we love Dear Dumb Diary. We’ve got a bunch of blog posts on it including reviews of the books, and even a video with the author.

But now without further ado, here are the official Jamie Kelly approved Scavenger Hunt answers!

  1. How many dumb diaries does Jamie Kelly have so far?
    ANSWER: Eleven! Although #12 is coming out soon. Check them all out here.
  2. Name the person who is NOT allowed to read Jamie’s diaries?
    ANSWER: Angeline.
  3. What is Jamie’s popularity level on a scale of 1-10? (that she gives herself!) Hint: Check out the “It’s All About Me” section.
    ANSWER: 7 (but should be 8).
  4. According to Stinker’s Collectible Card, what disease did the dog have?
    ANSWER: Frantic Itchy Butt Disease. Luckily, it cleared up.
  5. Under “Dumb Fun” create your own diary entry! What is your nickname?
    ANSWER: Depends on your answers. Mine is chocolate girl.
  6. According to The Author section when he interviews Jamie, what is her favorite lipgloss flavor?
    ANSWER: Triple Berry Fiesta. But she sort of ate part of it, which made her sick. She doesn’t have it anymore.
  7. In the “It’s All About Me” section when you click on the So Who is This Guy? icon. . . who is that guy?
    ANSWER: Jim Kelly, the author of the Dear Dumb Diary series.

Are you guys fans of the Dear Dumb Diary series? Do you keep your own diary? Drop a line and let us know in the Comments below!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

April 19, 2011

Dear Dumb Diary Scavenger Hunt

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Ddd_130 If you can't get enough of the hilarious, embarrassing, relatable (and sometimes mean) diaries of Jamie Kelly. . . then you should see her website! The first time I read a Dear Dumb Diary book I really couldn't put it down. From her warning not to continue reading, to her descriptions of the evil beautifully blonde Angeline, to her recounts of her dog passionately kissing his favorite toy Grossnasty – this is one of the most popular and lol-inducing series around. So if you aren't already familiar with it, scavenge around the Dear Dumb Diary site for the answers to this week's Scavenger Hunt. Begin!

  1. How many dumb diaries does Jamie Kelly have so far?
  2. Name the person who is NOT allowed to read Jamie's diaries.
  3. What is Jamie's popularity level on a scale of 1-10? (that she gives herself!) Hint: Check out the "It's All About Me" section.
  4. According to Stinker's Collectible Card, what disease did the dog have?
  5. Under "Dumb Fun" create your own diary entry! What is your nickname?
  6. According to The Author section when he interviews Jamie, what is her favorite lipgloss flavor?
  7. In the "It's All About Me" section when you click on the So Who is This Guy? icon. . . who is that guy? 

Check back next week for answers!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

January 21, 2010

Dear Dumb Diary Sneak Peek: Take Three

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Ddd9_130 It’s getting harder and harder to get a hold of these top-secret diary entries — Jamie Kelly is catching on! — so this may be the last one for a while. It’s juicy, though: Jamie, Isabella, and Angeline are becoming BFFs? Not if Jamie has anything to say about it.

(Just between us, you can find Jamie’s latest complete diary, Dear Dumb Diary #9: That’s What Friends Aren’t For, in stores now . . . but don’t tell her that!)

Dear Dumb Diary,

So now I’m friends with Angeline. This is an Automatic Friendship, and I have to just accept it and make the best of things.

See, if I objected, then Aunt Carol might divorce Angeline’s uncle, sending both of them tumbling into a deep pit of depression for the rest of their lives, and Angeline could wind up feeling so guilty that she would have to go be locked up in an old dirty insane asylum for years and years, and Stinker’s puppies would grow up not knowing both their parents — and I couldn’t live with myself for doing something like that to a puppy. 

I’ve talked to Isabella about the Angeline thing, since she’s my BFF. That’s what best friends are for, after all. But she seems to think that we should be friends with Angeline, and that if I’m having a problem with Angeline, we should just hug it out.

You know, maybe that would help. When you think about it, choking is just a hug that your hands give to a throat.

Isabella says that Angeline thinks of the three of us like BFFs. I could have pointed out to Isabella that, last time I counted, there are only two Fs in BFF. And there’s a reason for that. If you get too many Fs, it doesn’t look like Best Friends Forever anymore. It looks like you’re trying to spell the sound a fart makes. Observe: BFFFFFFFFFFFF.

But I didn’t say that, because we’re all automatically such terribly good friends now. Terribly, terribly, good friends. Terribly, terribly.


January 14, 2010

Dear Dumb Diary Sneak Peek: Take Two

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Ddd9_130 A few days ago, you got a peek at one of Jamie Kelly’s brand-new diary entries from Dear Dumb Diary #9: That’s What Friends Aren’t For. We’ve managed to get our hands on another one, all about blondwad Angeline — check it out below! But Jamie Kelly has no idea that you or anybody is reading her diaries. So please, please, please don’t tell her.

Dear Dumb Diary,

And speaking of shooting somebody out of a cannon, I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this girl to you before, Diary — her name is Angeline?

First, before we discuss Angeline, let’s take a moment to discuss AUTOMATIC FRIENDSHIPS. Automatic Friendships occur like this: Let’s say you and a person from your school who you only kind of know both show up at the same beach one day and there’s nobody else to hang around with. BAM — you’re automatic friends. Maybe only for a day, but still. It’s just the Way the Universe Does Things.

Or let’s say you go to prison. You committed some cool crime like stealing the weapon of somebody who was going to blast an endangered baby orphan koala in the face. Still, the judge says that stealing is stealing, and he sends you to prison for it. And in prison, you meet somebody who is in for the same kind of crime, but for her it was like an endangered baby orphan panda or just an endangered baby orphan. BAZOOM — now you two are automatic friends.

Ever since Angeline’s Uncle Dan (my school’s assistant principal) married my Aunt Carol, AND Angeline’s dog married my dog and they had puppies together, I’m automatically friends with Angeline. No beach, no orphan koalas, just KABLAM — automatic friends.

You’ll notice that it’s not because I like her. It’s just how things work. It’s like math: Poor little Two got plussed with Three.


January 11, 2010

Sneak Peek: Dear Dumb Diary #9

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Ddd9_130 Everyone’s favorite middle-schooler, Jamie Kelly, is back — with an all-new, all-funny diary! A lot has been happening at Mackerel Middle School, and Jamie is documenting every minute of it. Check out this special peek at Dear Dumb Diary #9: That’s What Friends Aren’t For! Jamie promises that everything she writes is true . . . or at least as true as it needs to be.

Dear Dumb Diary,

We’ve entered that part of the school year where you begin to wonder if maybe even the teachers are beginning to lose interest in education. We study something — like igneous rocks, or spit molecules, or one of those countries that looks like where they are going to build a country one day — we glue-stick a bunch of things about it to a piece of poster board, they get hung up in the hallway, and then we never talk about them again.

So toward the end of the year, just to keep things interesting. the school has lots of events like an Art Show, a Talent Show, and Bingo Night, which features a game that was developed long ago so that we’d have something to do until fun was invented. 
If I ever become a teacher, I’m going to jazz it up a bit. Maybe I’ll glue-stick the actual students up in the hallway, and when you walk up to one, he’ll have to tell you what he knows about spit molecules or whatever.

Also, I’m going to make it so that if a kid bothers me, I can legally shoot her out of a cannon. I really may have psychic powers, because I think I’ve read the mind of teacher who was thinking that exact thing one time when Mike Pinsetti got almost all of a crayon stuck in his ear.