I still don't know.
I have a number of girls who really seem to love these books.
There are some laugh out loud moments, but there are also a number of cringe-worthy issues: girls who spend all their time worrying about getting a boy's attention, who could care less about school and their poor grades, and obsession about whatever the latest clothing or lip gloss or shoe fad is. I hated the fat shaming. I really didn't like the cattiness between the main character and the seemingly more popular girl.
And then I found out the author is a male.
...and I was horrified that he had so many girls so pegged....kind of like looking in the mirror and realizing you have a huge zit on your face....and it's bleeding...and everyone noticed.
I will have a hard time recommending this one. There are so many good books in this world. I can't really say this is one.
Maybe lots of people will disagree with me. I just have a hard time with this one.