…the Diaries has received harsh reviews from fans. Much criticism has gone towards Nancy becoming more passive or timid, and Nancy’s reluctance to solve a mystery in several stories. There has also been criticism in the uneven quality of the series.
Now I’ve really only read two Nancy Drew books (well…l read one and listened to another) before this one and the last was a tie-in to the CW show which presented Nancy as strong and suspicious whereas here at the beginning, Nancy comes off as a bit mousy.
I did listen to an audiobook version of this book and that is how Nancy came off, which is not what I would’ve expected from Nancy.