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Book Review: Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters!

Middle school was so awkward.

Clearly I made it through middle school without experiencing that awkward phase. Clearly.

Ahem. As I was saying, middle school was awkward. You’re going through lots of changes, thrown into a bigger environment with more people, and you have tougher classes. That’s just the tip of the iceberg too. I shudder to think about all of the social pressure in middle school. You’ve got to make sure that you have a good group of friends and that you don’t embarrass yourself. No wonder tweens can have such attitudes sometimes! šŸ˜‰

It’s been a few years since I’ve been in middle school, so I had blocked out forgotten some of the aspects of middle school. If I really want to remember those years, I have some diariesĀ from that time period, but I would rather not revisit those! Thankfully, I don’t have to reread my old diaries to relive middle school because I can read book one of the Desperate Diva Diaries Series calledĀ Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters!Ā 

Written by Angie Spady and illustrated by Channing Everidge, the book follows the story of sixth grader Catie Conrad. Catie’s dad gave her a journal, which she did NOT want at all, but decides to use as a prayer journal and place to put her fashion sketches since she dreams of becoming a famous fashion designer. Throughout the book, readers meet Catie’s family (including her brother’s pet skunk, Rosey), Catie’s best friend Sophie, crush Josh, and the middle school mean girl, Miranda. We get to read about Catie’s embarrassing moments, daily struggles, and her journey as she grows in faith, especially after a family mission trip to a reservation in Arizona.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There were a few times that I felt like Catie’s “voice” didn’t sound like a sixth grader, but for the most part, I found all of the characters believable and easy to relate to. I felt like there were a lot of good messages in the book too, particularly concerning friendship, empathy, and staying focused on God. If you have a tween daughter, then I would definitely recommend this book to her. I’m donating my copy to my local library, so if you live in my area and would like to read this book, check it out!

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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