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How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller

Formerly ordinary fourteen-year-old Jamie Bartlett isn't so ordinary anymore. Ever since she wrote a story about Isabella (aka IS), the stereotype-defying, popular-girl-crushing super teen, Jamie's life hasn't been the same. Suddenly she's doing interviews and book signings, flying to L.A. to hang out with celebrities, and dating Marco Vega, the hottest guy in school!

But will all of this attention go to Jamie's head? Or will she take a lesson from IS and remember that there's more to life than popularity?

USA Today Review:

DeVillers, author of the non-fiction Girlwise: How to Be Confident, Cool and in Control, has created a winning, fictional girl-power tale. It's tailor-made for tweens dealing with the often cruel popularity contest junior and senior high school can be. Jamie Bartlett's personal musings about a superheroine who stands up to mean popular girls who bully her are mistakenly turned in as English homework. Her teacher, a publisher and then teen girls everywhere make Jamie a best-selling author and heroine in her own right. But unlike some teen novels, Journal doesn't sugarcoat the difficulty Jamie faces in trying to stand up to her tormentor at school.

 

Read It and Weep

How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller was adapted into the Disney Channel Original Movie Read it and Weep, starring Kay Panabaker and Danielle Panabaker! Here's how Disney describes the film:

Jamie transforms from regular girl to media darling after her journal is accidentally turned in for a writing contest and becomes a best-selling book. With the help of her true friends, she learns some major lessons about the importance of being yourself.