Finally got a chance to read it through.
It still reminds me of Diary of a Wimpy kid, but in a good way not in the "oh that made a ton of money let me copy it way"
Emond blends the sketch book style with diary entries that carry an authentic voice and tell a good story. The middle did tend to drag a bit for me, but I think the whole was worth it. Since it was a private diary it brings up great questions about denying the truth to yourself vs. keeping secrets from others. Don't knwo if it will stand up to the books that come out through the rest of the year, but I would expect this to be on many lists come the end of the year...especially reluctant readers.