Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The sixth book of the Dork Diaries series, Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker, continues the daily chronicles of eighth grade student Nikki Maxwell at her new private school. The book is about the big Sweetheart's Dance at school where girls have to ask guys to be their date.
Nikki is preparing to ask her long-time crush Brandon to the Valentine's Day Dance, but something or someone is preventing this from happening. While her friends Chloe and Zoey have already asked their dates to the dance, Brandon seems to be giving Nikki mixed messages.
Initially Nikki and Brandon set up times they can hang out, yet none of their plans are successful. Nikki uses advice from a magazine column to determine that Brandon is not interested in her unless he makes a change. Eventually Nikki gets the courage to ask Brandon to the dance, and he says yes. Nikki becomes distraught when she finds out he can't attend due to a sudden illness on the day of the dance. After Chloe and Zoey convince Nikki to go to the dance Nikki is shocked and furious to find out that Brandon is there. Brandon is confused about the whole situation and follows Nikki into the girls bathroom to figure out what is going on. When they talk face to face they find out that MacKenzie Hollister, Nikki's worst enemy, is responsible for the miscommunication between the couple by using Brandon's missing phone. Brandon and Nikki make up and dance together for the rest of the night along with Chloe and Zoey and their dates.