Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life

Book 1 of 13 in the Dork Diaries Books Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 7n/a5.429745

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
1386 Book Reviews
  • lala8910
    lala89104 months
    Chase I'm a dork and I think it gives me inspiration🤗
    • emmy10o
      emmy10o6 months33 stars
      I'm just bot this one . I love to read this book.
      • crystalwind13
        crystalwind139 months55 stars
        The book was kinda relatable but not really at the same time. It was really good. Too bad I started reading the series toward the end of primary. Now im too old and cant borrow those books cuz im in sedondary. My main point - READ IT CUZ FUNNY!
        • kenialicy
          kenialicy9 months55 stars
          It was SOO good for the first book I wonder what will be in all the others and if they will be the same good or better!
          • karatehedgehog4
            karatehedgehog49 months22 stars
            Okay. There's a lot to say here. I got this book at the library cuz I wanted something new to read, and this seemed interesting. I was SO wrong. So the girl, nikki, is like REALLY dramatic and is always like, OMG this, OMG that. OmgOmgOmg!!!! Unless you like all that weird stuff, I don't recommend you reading this. The art is okay, though. But otherwise, sorry if you were gonna read this, but..... yeah. I think I've said enough.
            • weirdisgood2023
              weirdisgood20239 months33 stars
              3 stars--I know this is a popular book, so I was SUPER excited when I saw it at the library. I immediately wanted to read Dork Diaries because the amazing art style captivated me. However, once I started reading, I had...mixed feelings about this book. --The Bad Stuff about Dork Diaries: I HATED Nikki, the main character. I know hate is a strong word, but there's no other way to describe my immense dislike of her. She's whiny, melodramatic, annoying, self-centered, insecure, hypocritical...the list goes on. She's constantly whining about how her life SUCKS because OMG, she doesn't have a phone! And she got a DIARY for her birthday! *gasps* Poor, poor Nikki! (BTW, I'm being sarcastic). Girl, just because you didn't get a phone and your mom gave you a diary instead doesn't mean it's the end of the world. Another thing I didn't like was how Nikki overreacts about every. Single. Freaking. Thing. Mean Girl MacKenzie insults her at school? Meltdown time! Brandon, her crush, smiles at her? Let's have a heart-eyed meltdown! Nikki's father waves at her? MORTIFIED MELTDOWN! Lastly, Nikki is a hypocrite--she constantly complains about how mean MacKenzie is while saying mean things about EVERYBODY behind their backs and tormenting her little sister, Brianna. NOT COOL. I could probably write a five page essay talking about why I hate Nikki. --The Good Stuff about Dork Diaries: You're probably wondering why I gave this book 3 stars if I dislike the main character so much. The answer to that is: I HEART THE ART!!! Seriously, the drawing style is AMAZING. As someone who appreciates art, I enjoyed looking at the pictures in this graphic novel. I also liked the character of Brianna (she's weird but hilarious). So, overall, I didn't love Dork Diaries, but I didn't hate it, either. I'll probably read the rest of the series, though...if only the local library wasn't ten miles away from my house :(.
              • fashionmazta
                fashionmazta4 months
                This book is excellent! Don't mind sunshine rainbow! Unlike her name, she is not sunshine or rainbows. You shouldn't say bad things about things you don't, like. You wrote so much negative stuff! Gosh, if you don't like it, don't read it! It's people like you that are badly influencing this genaration.
                • kenialicy
                  kenialicy9 months55 stars
                  Please read the WHOLE series before you wright comments like this and make other people mad/sad (Like me)
                  • foreverregancorn
                    foreverregancorn9 months55 stars
                    i have to dissagree if you read the rest, it gets better eac book you'll see im sory our libray is 10 miles away( vitual hug) :(
                  • foreverregancorn
                    foreverregancorn9 months55 starsFeatured
                    Nikki Russel just got a scholarship to a new school, that is, because her dad is an EXTERMINATOR!!!!! On her first day f school, Nikki hopes to get a iPhone, but instead she gets a DIARY!!!!! Nikki's locker is by you know who Makenzie Hollister, the leader of the ccp group and the mean girl. Since she knows no one, Makenzie makes fun of her outfits, like HELLO I"M NOT RICH LIKE THESE SNOBS!!!!! An incident in the lunch room humilliates Nikki on the day she met sophi and chloe. Just great. thinks can't seem to get worse, but they do. The picture of Nikki on the lunchroom floor makes the front page of the school nrewspaper, Makenzie cant seem to stop makeing fun of her. Later on Nikki learns to embrace her dorkiness and lean to have fun with it. "What can i say, im such a dork!:) If you like dorky middle school drama, and loves funny friendsships, boyfriend disasters, and so much more. Check out all 15 of Rachel Renee russel's dork diaries!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  • anty485
                    anty4859 months55 stars
                    this is good book right
                  • foreverregancorn
                    foreverregancorn10 months55 stars
                    this is really good nikki is youre average dork who transferred to a new school. while she wants a cell phone, nikki actually gets a diary. if you love crazy adventures and girl power, i reccomend the whole seriess
                    • hafifyjycoto
                      hafifyjycoto10 months44 stars
                      Dork Diaries a comic book by Rachel Renee Russel Nikki Maxwell is a girl in middle school who hates school, Mostly because a mean girl Makenzie won’t stop bragging to Nikki about how pretty she is. Then it was lunchtime Nikki was walking to her table when Makenzie tripped her! But a boy named Brandon came to the rescue and gave her a towel thatś was the boy she likes. After that, it was P.E time they were playing volleyball when a ball came crashing down on two gossip girls and of course, they lost the round and had to hit the showers. Nikki overheard the two gossip girls talking about how they hate hitting the showers two so the two gossip girls and Nikki talked and became friends. I recommend this book to people who like comics and funny books.