August 2010, Simon and Schuster
304 pages, Paperback
Themes: school life, being terrorised by the mean girl, the trouble and consequences of keeping secrets, disasters, party mania, speedy costume changing, little children fall in love with Nikki, cute and annoying baby sister, lots of humour, very mild teen romance
Summary from Simon and Schuster
Nikki is finally starting to adjust to life at her new school and things are looking up. She's made some real friends and her major crush, Brandon, even asks her to be his lab partner in science, Hello! Seriously awesome development! But when Nikki overhears mean girl Mackenzie bragging that Brandon's going to take her to the Halloween dance, a bummed Nikki agrees to spend Halloween at a kids' party for her little sister Brianna. It's only after she makes the commitment that she finds out Mackenzie was lying and that her dream of going to the party with Brandon could be a reality. Now she's got two parties to juggle, what's a girl to do?
Poor Nikki. McKemzie's aim in life is really to torture Nikki and get her embarrassed in front of everyone at school. Well the plan eventually backfires, but it causes Nikki a lot of issues. She isn't used to being the centre of attention or having being an event organiser. I was so proud of how everyone eventually rallied round after major panicking. I love her exhuberant nqture, and how by trying to do the right thing she manages to do the wrong thing in this brilliant read.
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