Rachel Russell's Dork Diaries is an entertaining read for upper elementary and middle school students. Many readers will easily connect with the protagonist Nikki Maxwell. Nikki is an eighth grade girl going through all kinds of typical middle school scenarios; however, her biggest problem is MacKenzie Hollister...the most popular girl in eighth grade.
Russell does a great job of integrating current pop culture into the book...current musical artists and YA authors, tattoos, TV shows, and more.
The storyline here is be yourself, a universal theme that many teenagers need to hear over and over.
Fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will also enjoy this book.
Personally, I found it a fun read, and the illustrations complimented the text well. I would recommend this book.