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Meet Nikki Maxwell! She’s starting eighth grade at a new school—and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in this SUPER SQUEE updated edition of Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!

Nikki confesses all in her first diary ever: her epic battle with her mom for an iPhone, meeting her new soon-to-be BFFs Chloe and Zoey, falling for adorably sweet crush Brandon, dealing with her zany little sister Brianna’s antics—and the immediate clashes with mean girl Mackenzie, who becomes Nikki’s rival in a schoolwide art competition.

Nearly 30 million books in print worldwide!

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on June 2, 2009 by Aladdin
ISBN-10: 1416980067
ISBN-13: 9781416980063
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  • LaylaWednesday, July 4, 2018 at 1:34 am
    I like it when Dork"s phone rang in her locker.So funny!!!!!
    • kenziegirl2008
      kenziegirl2008Monday, July 2, 2018 at 2:02 pm33 stars
      This book is about a girl named Nikki who struggles in middle school, with a mean bully that has a locker next to yours, a super cute dude, oh and don`t forget the homework, things can get a bit hectic. This book was not my favorite but I am sure some people out there love it!!
      • wiccanbat666
        wiccanbat666Monday, July 2, 2018 at 12:24 am55 stars
        This book is great. I relate to it, which is one of the reasons why I like it. This series is also great and I can't wait to finish it.
        • candyexpress
          candyexpressSunday, July 1, 2018 at 9:48 pm55 starsFeatured
          Dork Diaries has been another staple book series as a child. The humor in this book, and the series in general, never failed to amuse me. The main character, Nikki, was genuinely one of the most lovable characters ever to be created is extremely relatable and exciting to follow around in her journey of middle school. Assisting characters like her friends, her parents and her sister (BRIANNA IS THE CUTEST) were also nicely developed with depth, personality, and serve a purpose in moving the story forward. Plotlines were extremely adorable and fit the humorous vibes the book radiates with. The drawings are also applaudable. I still remember spending hours trying to recreate the characters on my own. It never worked, but the drawings never failed to captivate me with their incredible details. Highly recommend for a good laugh.
          • ajg15
            ajg15Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 7:47 pm44 stars
            *Spoilers Ahead* Nikki Maxwell is now attending a new private school because her dad got a big extermination contract and so they have a scholarship to Nikki, but little does she know this new school will bring Two new BFF's, a crush 😍 and mean girls while dealing with that at school at home she has an annoying little sister and a crazy mom & dad. Nikki and her bffs do all sorts of crazy things like a ballet of zombies even a business with tattoos & books! So overall this a great book. It's the first in the dork diaries series. Thanks for reading -ajg15
            • pizzagirl7
              pizzagirl7Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm44 stars
              Dork diaries is definitely a one of a kind book I love these books I have read this book like 10 times lol I love the beginning "sometimes I wonder if my mom is brain dead "lol Rachel Renee Russel did a WONDERFUL job on this book ... So Nikki is the new girl at her school and she feels like a dork especially with the mean girl Mackenzie breathing down her back and there's and boy she likes Brandon (😘) anyways a wonderful book I suggest ages 10 to 15 I rate this 4 stars!😝😝😝
              • katiebug37
                katiebug37Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 2:17 pm44 stars
                This kind of reminded me of a girl version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It was a very fast and easy read for me, but even then it was really funny to read about all of her issues that she has to go through.
                • demigod3000
                  demigod3000Friday, June 29, 2018 at 4:26 pm55 stars
                  This is a wonderful book about Nikki Maxwell, who is going into 8th grade. It is all about her and her middle school experiences. During the school year, she meets Mackenzie Hollister, the "mean girl." Mackenzie is constantly doing things out of spite to Nikki, which makes reading this book a real pleasure. Nikki also finds the crush of her dreams; Brandon, so she is always trying to hang out with him. Written in the format of her diary, this relatable book tells you all about the life of an eighth grader in middle school.
                  • turtlenicole
                    turtlenicoleWednesday, June 27, 2018 at 3:21 pm33 stars
                    The story is told from the perspective of middle schooler Nikki Maxwell, the only normal person in her family. Her wild family includes her dad, mom, and annoying sister Brianna. Her father is a bug exterminator who has to take care of a private middle school called Westchester Country Day School. Because of this contract, Nikki is arranged to attend the school on a scholarship. However, the school is filled with preppy students who are full of themselves. One girl that is especially self-absorbed is Mackenzie Hollister. She's the most popular girl in school and treats Nikki unfairly. Although there are mean people in the school, Nikki's two best friends Chloe and Zoey always have her back. She also notices a boy named Brandon and develops a crush on him. Overall, the diary entries of Nikki Maxwell are interesting because it is relatable to the lives of middle-schoolers. I recommend for a short, fun read!
                    • callie_b
                      callie_bMonday, June 25, 2018 at 6:49 pm44 stars
                      Nikki Maxwell is your average girl trying to make it through life with her diary to help her! Read her entertaining and funny diary entries about her daily struggles at school and at home, with annoying little sisters, mean girls, and cute boys highlighting her stories! I personally liked this book because it’s like a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, but different and interesting in its own way at the same time. I love Nikki’s reactions and description to the events in her life. They are hilarious! For anyone looking for a quick, fun read, check out this entertaining book! I give it 4/5 stars and recommend it for ages 7+!