Review of Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters (The Desperate Diva Diaries Series)
By: Angie Spady Illustrations By: Channing Everidge
After reading and reviewing Angie Spady’s first book series, Channing O’Banning, I was very excited to discover she had written another series called The (Desperate) Diva Diaries. I was even more blown away when I found out this series was written from the perspective of young tween, Catie Conrad, who in the midst of all her pre-teen angst, still chooses to keep God front and center.
“I know dad was trying to make me feel better, but sometimes he just doesn’t get it. I did take his advice, though, and read Jeremiah 32:27. I have no choice but to have faith and hang on to God’s Word. Hopefully everyone won’t look at me tomorrow and run for cover.” p 151
Catie Conrad is a young girl 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 she will one day have her own clothing line. Written in the form of a dairy, Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disaster is the Christian book series answer to the popular books, Dork Diaries and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Catie is no wimp though, just an ordinary girl trying to survive middle school with the help of her best friend Sophie, family and God.
“How perfectly convenient it is that today is April Fools’ Day! I feel like the BIGGEST JOKE EVER. I can only imagine what it’s going to be like at school today…I’m so upset that I’m writing in my diary before school. Yeah, it’s that BAD.” p 153
This book didn’t just meet my expectations, it blew them away. I was immensely pleased with how Catie tackled her daily problems with prayer, Bible verses, and laughter. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. I’ve finally found a book series I can introduce to my nine year old niece Sarah without worrying over what she might be exposed to. Author Angie Spady has a hit on her hands with Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters and I can’t wait to read more.
“Then something SUPER SURPRISING happened. At the end of the day, while I was putting my books back into my locker, Tyler came up and started talking to me. WEIRD. WEIRD. WEIRD.” p 269
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Series: Desperate Diva Diaries Series
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: B&H Kids (September 1, 2014)
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Channing Everidge is a high school senior, children’s book illustrator, and daughter to award-winning author Angie Spady. She currently resides in Kentucky where she is a member of Hindman Student Ministries and where she is president of the Art and Cultural Enrichment Club at her school. Honored to join the B&H Kids family, Desperate Diva Diaries is Channing’s first illustrated book series, designed to reach young kids for the glory of Christ.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book from B&H Publishing Group for review purposes.
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