Just Another Day in My Insanely Real Life

Seventh grader Cassie copes with her crazy home life by writing it up as a fantasy novel for her class’s journal assignment. But when she thinks that her mean English teacher isn’t even reading her brilliant work, just counting the number of pages she submits, Cassie rebels. After all, if your teacher isn’t paying attention, you can hand in anything, right?

Original Cover

McElderry/Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, ISBN 978-1416908616
Aladdin MIX, Paperback, ISBN 978-1416947394
Ages 9-13

“Dee makes an impressive debut with this achingly real novel. (Cassie has a) sharp sense of humor, increasing self confidence, and a spunkiness that readers will find refreshing.”



Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The dialogue is fast, funny, and tender, and the characters are drawn with real complexity.”


“Very funny…Cassie is a spunky preteen, and girls will easily relate to her awkward chats with the boy she likes, sibling spats, and occasional moments of clarity.”

School Library Journal