After reading Anna Staniszsewski's "My Very Unfairy Tale Life" series, I was much looking forward to reading her next book, "The Dirt Diary". And I had a good experience with it.
Original Title: The Dirt Diary
Author: Anna Staniszewski
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Release Date: January 7th, 2014
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Genre: Middle Grade
WANTED: Maid for the most popular kids in 8th grade.
Cleaning up after the in-crowd gets Rachel all the best dirt.
Rachel can't believe she has to give up her Saturdays to scrubbing other people's toilets. So. Gross. But she kinda, sorta stole $287.22 from her college fund that she's got to pay back ASAP or her mom will ground her for life. Which is even worse than working for her mother's new cleaning business. Maybe. After all, becoming a maid is definitely not going to help her already loserish reputation.
But Rachel picks up more than smell socks on the job. As maid to some of the most popular kids in school, Rachel suddenly has all the dirt on the 8th grade in-crowd. Her formerly boring diary is now filled with juicy secrets. And when her crush offers to pay her to spy on his girlfriend, Rachel has to decide if she's willing to get her hands dirty...
This is the story about a girl trying to cope with her parents' separation. Rachel, who is trying to get her normal life back, is trying to save money to get a plane ticket to her dad and explain him to come back home. For that, she agrees to help her mom with her house cleaning business. The problem is she is going to clean the houses of the popular girls at her class, who already think she is a freak.
Rachel is extremely shy; but this cleaning business has not made her life any easier. She is cleaning the evil queen, Brianna's house along with many others. She does a lot of bad things in order to save money for the plane ticket. And, that makes her lose her friendship with her only BFF. But, Rachel is learning her life lessons and the author has said it in a humor-filled middle-grade drama.
And did I mention that Rachel loves to bake? For everything..in her happiness, in her anger, in her sadness..she bakes to forget everything and be herself.
Then there were other kids. Evan is cute. I love him for his smartness and honesty.
A simple middle grade fun and nothing more!