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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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  • auntieb
    auntiebMonday, July 23, 2018 at 7:21 pm33 stars
    Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life Is a book about a girl named Nikki Russel who starts a private school because she gets a scholarship from her dad working on the schools' bug problems, and how her locker is next to the most popular girl in school.
    • strawberry1234
      strawberry1234Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 3:22 pm44 stars
      I dont really enjoy dork diary that mcuh but this was proably one of the best books I have ever read in that series. It had more humor and it was really fun to read to any siblings or cousins I really enojed this book hope more come out soon.
      • idzi_ellie
        idzi_ellieWednesday, July 18, 2018 at 4:28 pm33 stars
        This book is a pretty funny book. I don't recommend this for older children, this is a better book for 3-5ish graders. But I do have to say it isn't all that bad.
        • jso6
          jso6Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm22 stars
          Nikki Maxwell is a typical cliche teen. She begs her mom for an iPhone, but gets a diary instead. She starts in a new school, has a crush, and tries to stay away from the mean girl. I didn't really like this book, and I probably wouldn't recommend it.
          • coolgirlintown
            coolgirlintownSaturday, July 14, 2018 at 9:52 am22 stars
            Not my favorite book, that's for sure. Nikki was just a cliche teen. And I thought she was kinda sassy as well. If you like dork diaries, you would probably like this book, but i didn't.
            • midnightluna
              midnightlunaTuesday, July 10, 2018 at 3:25 pm44 stars
              Dork Diaries is a pretty good series. It's protagonist is a very typical dork, and her love interest is a typical floppy hair boy. The mean girl is easy to dislike and Nikki's friends are the sidekicks of most stories. But it's entertaining enough to keep you interested.
              • unicornlollipop
                unicornlollipopMonday, July 9, 2018 at 2:05 pm55 stars
                I like this book because the main character's life is funny and the things that she does is also funny.Also it sometimes relates to my life.
                • bookwormilg
                  bookwormilgMonday, July 9, 2018 at 8:03 am
                  Read this book, (along with the entire Dork Diaries series) and loved them! Humorous, fun, and realistic. Whether from first crush issues, to fitting in at a knew school, to escaping Mackenzie's evil plans, I can totally understand Nikki! Great book with a plot that most tween girls can relate to.
                  • soyster
                    soysterSaturday, July 7, 2018 at 12:31 pm55 stars
                    I actually liked this book. I've never read one of those books before, but now I probably will. Nikki deals with all these crazy twists and turns in her life. I found myself really wanting to read the other books.
                    • Cupcake Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 6:12 am
                      This book and the whole series has got to be one of my favorite series of my childhood! It's hilarious, drama filled, and a perfect read for kids! It also gives insight to how a new kid feels when he/she moves to a new school, which can help kids. It's also super relatable, and who doesn't love a book that you can personally relate to? I read this book in first grade, which was definitely a little too young, so I recommend reading this book in 3rd grade+ :)) Happy reading!

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