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

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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