How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller, by Julia DeVillers
Reviewed by Melisa, age 13, Belgium
Jamie Bartlett is a normal 14 year old girl, trying to survive with school and mean girls. Trying to escape the real world, she pours all her frustrations into her diary and starts writing her own tale about a superhero called IS (Isabella). IS sends positive rays through wrist flicks to destroy her arch enemy, Myrna. Jamie intends to send her English essay to her best friend Harmony for her to print out, but sends her diary entry instead, containing the stories of IS. Jamie's teacher reads it aloud to the class and is very impressed. She says she knows a literary agent and would be interested in sending in Jamie's story. Soon enough, Jamie becomes a best-selling author and a teen celebrity, going to the hot events and parties.
I loved this book. Jamie Bartlett is totally a character that teen girls can relate to. She faces problems that every girl faces every day. Jamie explains how you should just be yourself, and not anyone else. That is in fact what IS is all about. The story kept me interested the whole time and I never wanted to put it down.
The only problem I had with this book was that the plot was quite unrealistic. I mean, she got a book published and became a #1 best selling author AND a teen celebrity in about 2 weeks? It sounds too good to be true. Everything was happening too fast and I didn't like that aspect of the book.
I would give How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller 4 out of 5 stars. One big thing I didn't like, but overall a great book. Enjoy! xoxo