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"That's a wicked idea"

– Zoey about Chloe's tattoo plan in Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life


Zoeysha "Zoey" Ebony Franklin is Nikki Maxwell's best friend, along with Chloe Garcia. She is currently 14 years old. Zoey is Nikki’s BFF, partner in crime, and a human Wikipedia. She’s brainy, mature, and a loyal friend who enjoys reading self-help books and spouting off zany quotes from famous people. She’s funny, creative and bails Nikki out of trouble on a daily basis. She can always go to Zoey for homework help or a quick therapy session.


Zoey works in the school library with Nikki and Chloe as LSAs (library shelving assistants). Her mother is a lawyer and her father is a record executive. They are divorced. Zoey is labeled as the "third most unpopular girl" in the school in the series. She is described to be a 14-year old Dr. Phil in lip gloss and hoop earrings. Zoey has met every worldwide pop star and is said that she and Chloe both care about Nikki more than themselves. In the first book, she and Chloe let Nikki do all the work on their book donation/tattoo project. Zoey says that her real name is Zoeysha and she has three mother figures; her grandma, stepmom and mom.


Zoey is kind, fierce, and loyal. She always stands up for Nikki, along with Chloe, when people pick on her. They seem to be great friends, albeit they are dubbed the "unpopulars". She is understanding and could also be brutally honest. Like her friend Chloe, she can be sassy and refuse to join Nikki's sulking party. She is a great friend to Nikki and Chloe.


Zoey has straight black hair that curves at her shoulders with bangs parted to the sides. She sometimes puts her hair in pigtails (shown in photo), and is mentioned to wear lip gloss.  She usually wears blouses, jeans, and a few accessories much like her friends. She may have brown eyes. She is revealed to be African-American in the second book due to her resemblance to Beyoncé .



Zoey tells Nikki in the first book that she is working to live with three "mother figures" in her life; her mom, her grandma, and her stepmom. Her family is not mentioned again in the books, but in the fifth book, Nikki states that Zoey and her family lives near MacKenzie Hollister.

In this blog, Zoey's mother was mentioned.

Because her dad is a record executive she got to meet "Rainbow Cortez'' in person at the Westchester Music Festival.



Zoey's friends include Nikki Maxwell, Chloe Garcia, Brandon Roberts, Marcy Simms, Marcus, and Theodore L. Swagmirea . They all go to the same school and are very fond of each other. Her best friends are Chloe and Nikki, whom she worked in the library with.

Love Interest

Zoey's romance has been mentioned multiple times throughout the series. She had a crush on Jason Feldman. They danced, but her heart was broken when Jason asked a cheerleader to the Halloween dance. In the sixth book, however, she asked Theodore L. Swagmire III to the Sweetheart Dance, obviously showing that she liked him.

They held hands, slow-danced, and may have kissed at the dance. In early blog posts, a boy named Paul Preston had a crush on her, but it's unknown how Zoey felt about him. She may also have a crush on Max Crumbly, due to the way the flirted with him in Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter.


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