I do like the format, the emoticons that tell us how Tad feels during that day, and I liked that he wrote something every day, even if it was just a short little part. Not many kids would keep it up like he did, most would just give up, or end up just doing a few days and forgetting to do it every day.
But while this is all nice, it does get a bit boring, and his reviews/thoughts on movies or games or books tend to get a bit bleh, and instead of laughing, I was just wondering how the hell he thought up those things, and why anyone would think this.
I also wondered about Tad’s intelligence, at times he seemed quite a bright boy, but sorry, at times I was seriously wondering if he was actually 12/13-years old, or if he was more like 7 or 8-years old. The stuff he says or does, he wasn’t always nice to his sister (though I have to say he was honest about stuff).
The book is also just another one in the category: Boy or girl aged 11 to 14 decides to write diary, telling us about everything that happens there, about girls or boys, about games/movies. Typically for that kind of book it also has illustrations. It seems there is quite a market for these kind of books as there are quite a few out there and I keep seeing new books popping up with the same formula. Maybe I am just getting a bit bored with this kind of book, maybe I have my belly full with the same kind of formula. I also don’t like how the main characters generally think they are dorks/losers. And sure, they aren’t popular or anything, but it isn’t bad to be a dork or nerd, and you don’t need to feel like a loser or like you need to impress someone, just enjoy your time in school with the friends you have.
I didn’t entirely like the parents (didn’t like how they bribed their way through stuff) or Sophie (the sister, who was (typically) highly annoying).
The illustrations were really nice, I do like them and they added something extra to the story, at times it also got more funny because of them.
Would I recommend this book? Only if you are not full yet about this kind of subject, and don’t mind lame humour or stupidity, then try this book out.