Catie Conrad: How to become the most (un) popular girl in middle school

Review of Catie Conrad: How to Become the Most (un)Popular Girl in Middle School 


After reading and reviewing Angie Spady’s first book in the Desperate Diva Diaries series, Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on book two.

Book Overview:

Catie Conrad is a middle school student, who like most, loves fashion. The big difference is that Catie is actually quite good at designing, sketching, and sewing her own designs. Living with her parents and younger brother, Jeremy, who she calls “The Germ,” she spends all her spare time creating the latest, greatest fashions, knowing that one day she will be living in Paris truly designing her own line. Written in the form of a dairy, Catie Conrad: How to become the most (un) popular girl in middle school is a true treat for the eyes. 

“Josh stared at me like I was a total weirdo. He’d probably heard I flunked that quiz on the periodic table, which should have been easy-easy for anyone but ME.” p 59


After reading the first book in the Diva Diaries series, I just knew this one was going to be good too. I was wrong; it was fantastic! It has everything a young tween would want in a book series: best friends, fashions, school drama, a younger pest of a brother, and a cute boy who Catie has a secret crush on. But more than that, it has everything a parent would want their child to be reading. I love that through the daily angst of being a tween, Catie still finds time to write all her secrets thoughts in her diary. Along with her fashion sketches, she also includes daily Bible verses, prayer requests, and recalls the ways her parents help her cope with life problems, including introducing her and her brother to Compassion International, even encouraging them to give part of their allowance to sponsor a child. 

I love this book series, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for Catie in the future. Normally I don’t make suggestions in my reviews, but I can’t help but think how awesome it would be if B&H would create an actual diary to sell with this series. Kids would love following along with Catie, creating fashion sketches, and writing down their favorite Bible verses and prayer requests.

“Sophie always reminds me of Ephesians 4:32 whenever I’m upset with Miranda. I think I need to read it again and remind myself that it applies to brothers too.”
p 124

Book Details

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Series: Desperate Diva Diaries Series
Paperback: 297 pages
Publisher: B&H Kids (May 1, 2015)

You can find Catie Conrad:  on AmazonBarnes and Noble 




Meet the author 

Angie Spady is an award-winning educator and curriculum author who resides in New Mexico with her husband Steve. She is also the author of the popular Channing O’Banning series and notable speaker on the topic of art as a form of self-expression among elementary school children. Her passion is to address the desperate need for good reading materials that both promote self-expression in young children and aims to challenge kids creatively and intellectually.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Shelton Interactive for review purposes.



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