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BOOK NAME: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (Dear Dumb Diary #1)
AUTHOR: Jim Benton
Yes, I am writing yet another review on a diary series, but this one is so funny, witty and heartwarming, that I just had to share it with you. Did I mention funny? Meet Jamie, a middle school girl who has a typical middle school life, yet is a unique young lady who takes pride in her artistic skills, especially her abilities at “mad glittering”. Jamie survives all the angst with her best friend Isabelle, a strange yet lovable character who wears glasses and has all older brothers. She is constantly scheming about something and it adds greatly to her mischievous character. Isabelle can be selfish, but Jamie knows that deep down she has a heart of gold.
Jamie has a rival at school; the nicest, blondest, and most popular girl at school, Angeline. To Jamie, Angeline is so sickly nice and girly-girl that she dreads seeing her every day. Besides, Hudson is “like the 9th cutest boy in the sixth grade” and Jamie has a huge crush on him. Drama ensues when Jamie suspects that Angeline might have a crush on him too. With Angeline being so perfect, Jamie wouldn’t stand a chance. Or would she?
Jim Benton is a great author to be able to think just like a twelve year old middle school girl. He captures the humor of it more than I have ever seen before. This story is awesome in itself, but then Jim Benton includes hilarious illustrations that really make this series the most special of all the diary series I have read (which is a lot). This has to be my absolute favorite! It is such a page turner that I suspect it will turn any stubborn reader into a bookworm.