{review} The (Desperate) Diva Diaries book 2

I’m constantly searching for new, fun books for my tween & teenage daughters. In January, we reviewed Book 1 of The (Desperate) Diva diaries by Angie Spady. My daughters loved it so much that they asked me to find out when the next book was being released. You can imagine how happy they were when I got an email asking if we wanted to review book 2!

diva1The (Desperate) Diva Diaries Book 2 – Catie Conrad: How to Become the Most UNPopular Girl in Middle School picks up with the same fun, graphic manner as Book 1. Here’s a bit more about it from the publisher:

Just when Catie Conrad’s life can’t get any crazier, it does thanks to Miranda Maroni, the class snob. From accusing Catie of cheating in class, to making fun of her latest fashion project, life in middle school totally STINKS! How could Catie’s secret crush ever fall for her when the whole school thinks she’s nothing but a FAKE?! But when Catie is asked to be a sub on the academic team, her popularity and future as a fashion diva is really put to the test. Why would the Crusaders want an art kid on the team, anyway? Combine the school drama with the Germ’s pet sitting nightmare, Catie is positive that her dreams of being popular in middle school are O-V-E-R.

Luckily things get put into perspective as Catie Conrad finds that with faith in God, ALL things are possible.

The author, Angie Spady, and the illustrator, Channing Everidge, have done a great job creating a character and style that is interesting for tweens to read, while also encouraging them to focus their eyes on God.

IMG_0151One thing I really like about this book is that the story line is real. Catie has a crush on a boy and she is awkward around him. She panics about what to wear and what to say. Catie’s brother irritates her and makes her angry. Her parents are embarrassing some times. Catie struggles with praying for her enemy. She stresses about tests at school and what people will think of her.  In short — she’s normal.

But along with every normal girl struggle are some great examples of Christian girl responses. Writing Miranda’s (the school brat) name on her prayer list, along with her annoying little brother and some bullies at her school. Being a part of a special church event that welcomed home a family that had adopted a baby from overseas. Realizing that she loves her brother. Mulling over the lessons in her Sunday School class. It maybe fiction, but Catie Conrad is a great example for my daughters.

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So yes, Catie has a crush. Why not let our daughters see how a Christian girl handles that situation rather than ignoring that it happens? She calls her brother names. She rolls her eyes at her parents. But in the end, Catie strives to learn more about how to follow God.

We love The (Desperate) Diva Diaries and I hope Angie keeps writing them! I highly recommend them for girls ages 11-13. The graphic style is appealing to them and the strong message to follow Jesus is appealing to me. It’s available on May 1, but some online retailers already have it in stock. This is a definite must for your daughter’s summer reading list!

{We received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Shelton Interactive. No guarantees were made and all opinions are my own.}

 


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