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Maggie is the third book in the California Diaries series and takes the form of a diary written by Vista Private School student Maggie Blume.

Back Cover Summary[]

What is happening to me? I'm useless. I can't sing. I can't keep up my grades.

And I'm a liar.

Summary[]

Maggie Blume does everything right. She gets straight A’s, is a talented pianist and was just named the youngest poetry editor of the school’s literary magazine, Inner Vistas. She makes the life of a successful thirteen-year-old look easy.

For Maggie’s father, nothing but perfect will do. Not only is he obsessed with his job as a studio executive, he expects Maggie to have a detailed plan for her life, which unfortunately leaves no room for her true passion: music.

Once Maggie’s friends learn about her talent, they help her land a spot as the lead singer for Vanish, the band managed by her friend Amalia.

Maggie could never share this news with her dad, so when she has to choose between going to his movie opening and the battle of the bands, she takes a huge risk to make sure she’s able to do it all: perfectly.

Characters[]

Maggie's Family

Teenagers

  • Marina Kodaly, Justin Randall, Cece - students at Vista
  • Amethyst and 19 other girls - people who auditioned for Vanish

Adults

  • Ms. Newell - eighth grade English teacher
  • Ms. Sevekow - eighth grade math teacher
  • Ms. Knusden - Maggie's piano teacher

Locations[]

Pop Culture and Real Life References[]

  • Pierce Brosnan, Harrison Ford, Dustin Hoffman (actors)
  • Aretha Franklin
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Preston Sturges and his movie Hail the Conquering Hero
  • Yo Yo Ma (celloist)
  • Madonna
  • Nancy Drew
  • Beethoven, Bach, Brahms (composers)
  • The Beatles

Continuity and Inconsistencies[]

Continuity

Inconsistencies

Trivia[]

  • Maggie wants a new look that she describes as punk, grunge, or retro. In The Baby-Sitters Club books, Maggie's look is already described as that. This is referenced as a phase later in the book.
  • This book starts with a song Maggie wrote.
  • If Maggie wouldn't become a veterinarian she'd be an editor.
  • Maggie says that Sunny Winslow is a high maintenance friend.
  • Maggie's weird hair and funky clothes was a phase that she went through.
  • Maggie's house has intercoms in every room, infrared burglar sensors, and a pool.
  • Among their friend group, Dawn is the peacemaker.
  • Mrs. Knudsen is Maggie's private piano teacher.
  • Maggie's dad had a five year plan when he was in school and went to UCLA.
  • A woman named Pilar works for the Blume's doing housekeeping work and she quits.
  • This is the first introduction of Zeke Blume in the series.
  • This is the first appearance of Vanish.
  • Sunny has been staying with Dawn a lot lately.
  • After the events of Sunny (California Diaries), Sunny has sworn off of boys.
  • This book mentions the We ♥️ Kids Club.
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