This book by: Angie Spady and illustrated by: Channing Everidge is the second in The (Desperate) Diva Diaries which is a Christian alternative to the Dork Diaries. It portrays a Christian girl in public middle school (6th grade) who has to deal with the ups and downs of being a tween. Catie Conrad writes in her diary about all of the drama in her life. In this book, Catie’s family’s mission in this book is to adopt a child through Compassion International. They decide as a family which child they will support as a family. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Catie is constantly nervous around the boy she has a crush on. She is still struggling with her feelings and actions towards her brother, Jeremy. But when “the Germ” breaks his leg, Catie learns how to serve him with compassion. She gives him advice on how to deal with the boys at school who tease him. She sees the value in her own advice when she has to deal with the school bully, Miranda Maroni, who does everything she can to rile up Catie. Thank God for BFF, Sophie, and the rest of her friends who stand up for her!
After reviewing the first book in this series, Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters! I was excited when asked to read and review book 2! I like how real the storyline is. I feel like I am back in the ups and downs of Middle School. Catie shares her true feelings even if they are not always the best but then shares how she decides to do the right thing by recalling scripture, sermons, or parental & friend advice. While the Christian perspective is scattered throughout the book, the salvation message was not as strong as the first book. Still the message of showing compassion and love towards enemies and those who we dislike is definitely woven throughout the book. I really like these books and know that my daughters will like them as well. I have caught my 8 year old reading portions of it along side of me while I was reading. I still feel like my 8 year old is a little young for some of the content (the crush on boys and popular girl trying to get boys to notice her) but she is able to read the book well from a reading level perspective. She loves the drawings throughout the book (see photos in my review for book 1) which actually goes right along with her personality since she always carries around a notebook for writing and drawing. I think that this book is an easy read and would appeal to tween girls. Parents will love the wholesome storyline and that Catie works through her drama from a Christian perspective.
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Catie Conrad: How to Become the Most (un)Popular Girl in Middle School By Angie Spady & Channing Everidge / B&H Kids
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Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters By Angie Spady / B&H Kids