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October 19, 2019

AM I TOO OLD TO GO TRICK-OR-TREATING?

Dear Brandon,

Halloween is around the corner and I’m super excited! The only thing is that some of my friends think that trick-or-treating is lame and for little kids. But, I have a secret—I still LOVE trick-or-treating! I really want to go, but I also don’t want my friends to make fun of me. What should I do?

Halloween Headache

Hey Halloween Headache,

Not to be rude but, um…what’s up with your friends? You have every right to enjoy trick-or-treating if you want to. In fact, Nikki, my best bud Max Crumbly and I plan on trick-or-treating this year. A lot of high schoolers have fun going door to door for the sweet treats, too.

But seriously, I really do wonder why your friends think trick-or-treating is so lame. Is it because there are lots of little kids? Well, I’m sure they won’t care because there’s more than enough candy to go around. And as long as you’re polite, kids and parents won’t mind older kids joining in on the fun. That means no bullying, snatching candy, or smashing pumpkins. Not that you would ever do these things.☺

The thing is, people of all ages enjoy Halloween and trick-or-treating. Did you know the latest trend for Hollywood celebs is to dress up in Halloween costumes? I’m not just talking about the kids or teens—I’m talking adults all the way up to their mid-50’s (try Googling “Beyonce and daugher halloween costume,” and you’ll be amazed at what you see). And hey, a little free candy from your neighbors wouldn’t hurt, right?

So, I say get out there and rock your fav costume. Once your friends see your unshakeable confidence and how much fun you’re having, they’ll probably want to join in too. Or, you could always hide who you are with your costume so that they won’t even know it’s you showing up at their doorstep for candy. ☺

Are you planning on going trick-or-treating this year? Tell us about your costumes and plans in the comments!

October 17, 2019

Play The New Halloween Dork Maker Game!

Check out my new HALLOWEEN DORK MAKER GAME! I have EVERYTHING you could possibly need to make an ADORKABLE, SPOOKY, or TERROR-IFIC Character!

To get started, all you need to do is select your favorite costume, hair style, expression, mask, accessories and background.

Then, when you’re done hit the DOWNLOAD ARROW to either SAVE YOUR CREATION or START OVER! If you save your character, it’ll be automatically downloaded so you can share it with your friends, or you can email it or print and color it. And, once you’ve colored it, you can even upload it to my Fan Art Page so I can share your Halloween Character with Dorks all around the world!

There’s over a MILLION different combinations in my DORK MAKER game!! So, I know you’ll have a ton of fun channeling your inner DORK to create YOUR one of a kind SPOOK-TACULAR Halloween Character!

Have fun and please post your comments below. And, have a SAFE and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Click on the Dork Maker Pic below to play the game!

October 15, 2019

DORK DIARIES BOOK 14 –  SNEAK PEEK #3

OMG! In just 7 days, my new book, DORK DIARIES BOOK 14: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-BEST FRIEND FORVER will be released!

And with SNEAK PEEK #3, my BFFs and I are having a total meltdown over the Bad Boyz! Click on the pic of Chloe and you can read all about Aidan, Victor, Nicolas and Joshua. After you’ve read the sneak peek and learned practically EVERYTHING about the Bad Boyz, tell me which one is YOUR Favorite? Please post your thoughts below in the comments section!

And, don’t forget to PRE-ORDER your copy of Book 14 HERE. Tuesday, October 22nd is only 7 days away!!

Click on the photo below to read the sneak peek!

October 13, 2019

MY FRIEND ISN’T INTO DORK DIARIES!!! :(

Hey Brandon!

I don’t know how to say this but…I have a friend who DOES NOT LIKE DORK DIARIES!!! I just can’t understand it! Suddenly I don’t know if we can be friends any more! What kind of person doesn’t like Dork Diaries?!?!

What should I do?!!

Dork Diaries Dilemma

Hey Dork Diaries Dilemma,

Okay, please don’t panic! Just take a deep breath and breeeeathe.

Feeling a little better now? Great. Now, let’s talk about your friend who doesn’t like Dork Diaries.

I understand why you’re upset. We all have those things we’re crazy about. It could be a certain book series (like Dork Diaries), sports team, or TV show. Sometimes we’re SO into our interests, it’s like they’re the most important things in the world! And when other people don’t think those interests are cool, we wonder what’s wrong with them. Like your friend who’s not into Dork Diaries.

But here’s the thing: people are into different stuff. Your friend may not be into Dork Diaries, but they probably have other things they’re really into. Or maybe your friend is a more chill person who doesn’t get quite as excited about stuff, which is okay too.

I mean, everybody has their own opinion, no matter how out in left field it may seem. If you visit a review website, like Goodreads for books or RottenTomatoes for movies, you can look up books or movies you LOVE and you’ll inevitably find people who hate them. Likewise, you can look up books you HATE and you’ll find people who LOVE them. It doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with these people who have different views. In fact, I think it’s important to have friends with views that are different from yours. Because if you’re only friends with people who are just like you, how boring would that be?!

If you think about it from the other direction, you probably wouldn’t want anyone dropping you as a friend BECAUSE you like Dork Diaries, right? Or because you don’t like something they’re into.

Also make sure that your friend is nice and respectful to you even though they may not like what you like, because if they constantly trash talk you or your opinion, then they’re not being a very good friend. And, like you said, it may be time to end the friendship and find friends who are more mature.

So I say, if your friend hasn’t really given Dork Diaries a try, it’s totally okay to share why you love it. It makes sense to want to share things we love with people we love. BUT if they’ve given it a try and just aren’t into it, don’t give them a hard time for it. That would be annoying, and even more importantly, it would be disrespecting their opinion. Try to find common ground, or things you do agree on and celebrate those things together.

Hey, I’m pretty sure you’ve got other friends who DO love Dork Diaries, and you can squee with them about all things DD!

But if they’re just not into Dork Diaries, maybe they’ll like the book series about my best bud, Max. It’s called The Misadventures Of Max Crumbly. ☺

Do you have friends who aren’t into your favorite things? Are you not into what your friends love? How do you strike some common ground with them? Tell us about it in the comments!

October 9, 2019

RACHEL AND NIKKI WILL BE IN NEW JERSEY!

HANG OUT WITH RACHEL AND NIKKI AS THEY CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF THEIR LATEST BOOK!

Dork Diaries Book 14: Tales from a Not-So-Best Friend Forever

Get your FREE swag like posters, stickers, and bookmarks while supplies last! Your favorite Dork Diaries and Max Crumbly books will also be available for purchase and autograph.

What: Book Release
Where: Indigo – The Mall at Short Hills
1200 Morris Turnpike
Short Hills, New Jersey 07078
When: Sunday, November 3, 2019 – 12:00pm (noon)
*** Park at the Teal Parking Deck
Indigo is located on the lower level of the mall near Bloomingdale’s.
For more information call Indigo Short Hills at (973) 315-9696

I’M A SUPER PICKY EATER!!!

Hi Nikki! 

I’m a SUPER PICKY eater. There are a lot of things I really don’t like to eat, and that would be fine except my family makes jokes about me! It makes me feel really bad! I don’t mean to hurt my parents’ feelings when I don’t want to eat what they cook, and I want to eat healthy things, but my pickiness always gets the best of me. What do I do?!

Particular Picky Princess

Hi Particular Picky Princess,

Oh boy, I can totally relate! The other night my mom made a broccoli tuna casserole and I thought I was going to BARF! And that was just from the smell!! 🙁

I wouldn’t say I’m a super picky eater, but there are definitely some things I don’t like. I wish my parents wouldn’t make them, but I guess it’s not fair to expect them to change the entire family’s menu just because of me. And if there are a LOT of things you don’t like, it sounds like it would really limit your family’s options.

As far as your parents’ feelings, I think it would be very helpful for you to tell them how grateful you are for the food they’ve made, and always make an effort to try a tiny bite of something. But your feelings matter too! Explain to them that you don’t want to be picky, but you can’t help how your taste buds react to things, and it only makes mealtimes harder for you (and then everyone else) when they make jokes.

If you want to eat healthy things, try eating snacks and meals that include different food groups like: 

  • Grains (which include bread, pasta, and cereal, to list a few) 
  • Vegetables (carrots, broccoli, and spinach)
  • Fruits (apples, bananas, and grapes)
  • Dairy (cheese, milk, and yogurt)
  • Proteins (meat, nuts, and eggs)

Remember, the more fruits and veggies you eat, the better. Maybe you don’t like lots of veggies, but there are probably some that you DO like. Or you might like them if they were cooked instead of raw. 

Also—and this can be tricky if you LOVE junk food like me—try to limit how much junk food you eat. Yes, that includes chips, candy, pizza, soda pop and ice cream! So, instead of reaching for a bag of Skittles or M&Ms, try grapes or a granola bar instead. And rather than that sugary sweet soda pop, go for a bottled water or some fresh-squeezed fruit juice. Hey, it’s not so bad once you give it a try and discover healthy food you actually like! 🙂

Talk to whoever prepares the meals in your family and see if there might be ways to add more of what you do like onto the menu. Maybe you can learn to prepare some things so you’re not making extra work for your mom, dad, or whoever does the cooking. And when your family sees you making an effort, hopefully they’ll stop teasing you! 

I bet you’re not the only picky eater out there! Who else can admit to being picky when it comes to food? How do you eat healthy? How do you deal with family members that get on your case at mealtime? Tell us in the comments! 

October 8, 2019

DORK DIARIES BOOK 14 – ANOTHER SNEAK PEEK!

Thanks for all of your comments after reading your first sneak peek! I can’t believe in just 2 weeks my new book, DORK DIARIES BOOK 14: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-BEST FRIEND FOREVER comes out!

Now you have a chance to see SNEAK PEEK #2! Just click on the pic of me wearing one of my cool glam outfits from the Bad Boyz tour.

Also, please don’t forget to PRE-ORDER your copy of Book 14 HERE and post your comments below.  I can’t wait until Tuesday, October 22nd!!

Click on the photo below to read the sneak peek!

September 30, 2019

EXCITING NEWS ABOUT MY NEW DIARY!

Hey everyone! Great news!!! My new book, DORK DIARIES BOOK 14: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-BEST FRIEND FOREVER comes out on Tuesday, October 22nd. SQUEEEE!!

OMG! I had the most exciting summer, EVER!!

My bandmates and I FINALLY went on tour as the opening act for the world-famous Bad Boyz! It was a DREAM COME TRUE!!!

Everything was PERFECT until my DREAM turned into a NIGHTMARE! You will NOT believe what happened!!

Hey! Would you guys like to see a SNEAK PEEK of my new book, like right NOW? If so, click on the pic of me and my BFFs, Chloe and Zoey.  Brandon took this photo during one of our rehearsals.

Also, please don’t forget to PRE-ORDER your copy of Book 14 HERE so it will be waiting for you when you get home from school on Tuesday, October 22nd.

And, I’ll be posting TWO more sneak peeks over the next two weeks. 🙂

After you’ve read the sneak peek, TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE NEXT CHAPTER? Please post your thoughts below in the comments section!

Click on the photo below to read the sneak peek!

September 27, 2019

Dork Diaries 14: book trailer


Nikki and her bandmates are looking forward to an AWESOME summer on tour as the opening act for the world famous Bad Boyz! Nikki is a little worried when her frenemy, MacKenzie Hollister, weasels her way into a social media intern position with the tour. But she has a total MELTDOWN when she learns that MacKenzie is her new roommate! Will Nikki survive her dream tour as it quickly goes from AWESOME to AWFUL?!

September 25, 2019

MY FRIENDS ARE SO MEAN!!!

Dear Nikki,

My friends are kind of CCPs. They want me to act “normal” so they tell me to have “better” clothes, hair, and interests. One time they pranked me by locking me in the bathroom. Sometimes they come to my house and they snoop through my stuff! Not only that, but they insult me for having video games and Barbie dolls. One time my friends almost broke my console… on purpose!! CAN YOU HELP ME, NIKKI?

Bullied By Besties

Hi Bullied By Besties,

Okay, I’m going to be real with you. This might be hard to hear. But based on what you’re describing? These people are NOT your friends! 🙁

Like, if you’d just written to me about one of these issues, I might tell you to stand up for yourself and communicate with them about how they’re hurting your feelings, maybe you have different senses of humor, etc. But this whole list of things all together? These are NOT friends.

I do wonder if they all pick on YOU and you alone, or if they’re kind of always nasty to each other. One is not a better situation than the other, really. But especially if you’re the main target of all this behavior, this is bad. And you deserve friends who love and support you for who you are. Friends who would stand up for you AGAINST people like this!

I know it probably sounds really scary to just get out of an entire friend group. Maybe you feel stuck, like they’re your only option. If they’re NOT your only option, just get out now. You can tell them you don’t like how they treat you, or you can just ghost them (that means to abruptly end the friendship without warning or explanation). Whatever feels more comfortable to you.

If you do feel sort of stuck and like you’ll be friendless if you get out of that group, let’s brainstorm… Is there anyone in the group who isn’t so hard on you? Like maybe there’s someone who doesn’t stick up for you, but doesn’t join in on the teasing? Maybe they look kind of uncomfortable when the others are being mean? Maybe you can form a bit more of an alliance with them. Have them over and try to develop your friendship with them. If you know someone has your back, it might help.

Also, open your mind to who might be friend possibilities. You said these girls are CCPs. I wonder if the reason why you’ve stuck with them is that being a part of the CCP group is cool. But if you’re getting bullied within that group, it’s definitely NOT cool. Some friends down the social ladder who are into what you’re into and accept you for who you are would be WAY more cool! 🙂

Believe in yourself and either stick up for who you are, or get out and find real real friends!

Have you ever been bullied by people who are supposed to be your friends? How did you handle it? Tell us in the comments!