Roxy's Rules (The Doggy Divas #1)

Roxy's Rules (The Doggy Divas #1)
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October 01, 2010
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Roxy Davis is in the dog house. Big time. After kissing her BFF's crush over summer break, Roxy finds herself banished to the company of Monroe Middle School misfits Georgia and Kim. And when things can't get any worse, the town dog walkers go on strike. Dogs are running wild, giving Roxy the bright idea to recruit her fellow outcasts to start their very own dog walking business. Roxy soon learns that pampering pooches will not only earn her points for cleaning up the neighborhood, but will also teach her a thing or two about friendship.

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Reader reviewed by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, The Original H.I.R. (Historical Investigative Reporter)

Having problems with your BFF? Exiled from the in girls? If you answered yes, youre in good company!

In, Doggy Divas, by Lauren Brown, Roxie Davis is going through the same nightmare. Roxie is all ready to start the first day of school as co-Queen Bee of the 7th grade. That is until her former BFF, Liz Craft, accuses her of kissing her boyfriend. Roxie did kiss him, although it didn't happen the way Liz thinks, but Liz is too furious to listen to reason. In an instant, Roxie loses Lizs friendship, her school status, and even the coveted Fashion Biblethe wonderful fashion journal that Roxie and the popular girls use to coordinate their wardrobes. Poor Roxie is stripped of everything popular and sent packing to find a new set of friends.

Thus begins an awkward friendship with 7th grade misfits Kim and Georgia, two girls Roxie once gossiped about and laughed at. Because there's a dog walkers strike going on, the three girls go into business as the Doggy Divas, a group of dog-lovers who earn money and admiration as groomers, trainers and doggy fashionistas.

I found the "Doggy Diva" plot inspirational for other teens who might be thinking of going into business. The pacing was adequate and the doggy confessionals were clever, but I would have loved to see more flesh on the characters. I never fully understood the unforgiving, hard-as-nails Liz Craft, or even the outcast girls, Kim and Georgia, who forgave Roxie a bit too quickly to be believable. And I never figured out what Roxie truly wanted: to be with her new friends, or to be back with her old clique.

That being said, I believe young readers just experiencing the highs and lows of pre-teen life will easily identify with this book. After all, it's about friendships, misunderstandings, and everything that goes along with being in 7th gradeincluding Queen Bee drama, and who doesn't love to read about that?
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