Review of Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters (The Desperate Diva Diaries Series)

And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. – James 2:23


For those of you who may not know her, I would like for you to meet my daughter, Carissa. She is 11 years old. She is loving and quick-witted and funny. You can read more about her here

And this?


Well, this is Carissa’s new BFF, Catie. I was given a complimentary copy of this book from B&H Publishing Group for review purposes. From the moment it arrived in the mail, Carissa’s eyes lit up and she hasn’t been separated from it since. I had planned on a giveaway, but this is a friend she will visit over and over, and I cannot bear to part them. 

Carissa hugs this book. She tells everyone she knows about it. She talks about Catie as if she were a real person, and always tells me the different ways she’s discovering that Catie is just like her. Do you want to know the best part? Catie is a Christian girl with Godly parents and a functional home. She respects her parents and loves her brother and looks to God for answers and advice. I am almost more in love with Catie than Carissa is… almost…


Meet, Catie Conrad – a typical, tween, Christian girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. And if it isn’t bad enough that no one seems to understand the social pressures of being the greatest at everything, donning the latest fashions, and carrying the trendiest technology, Catie’s dad is about to uproot her and her family to an Indian reservation during spring break for his job. Throw in a school dance, a major art contest, and an arch nemesis known only as Miranda Maroni and there’s bound to be an epic meltdown of biblical proportions. Or, maybe not?

Catie is a voice in the tween genre that is relatable and humorous for girls aged 9 to 12 by author Angie Spady. The first book in the Desperate Diva Diaries series, Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters chronicles both the small triumphs and general mishaps of sixth-grade Christian want-to-be diva, Catie Conrad. While her Christian journalist father is often a co-conspirator to making Catie’s life interesting with mission trips and church projects, Catie never ceases to realize God’s hand in all situations.

Book Details

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Series: Desperate Diva Diaries Series
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: B&H Kids (September 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1433684608

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4 Comments on “Review of Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters (The Desperate Diva Diaries Series)

  1. Thank you so much for doing this review. I’m sure the author is going to appreciate it and I’m so happy Carissa liked it as much as she did. Hugs!

    • This has been a real pleasure, getting to know this author and this character! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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