Read It and Weep

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Read It and Weep (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“Read It and Weep” is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered in 2006. The film is based on the novel “How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller” by Julia DeVillers. It follows the story of Jamie Bartlett (played by Kay Panabaker), a shy and awkward high school student who keeps a personal journal as an outlet for her thoughts and feelings.

One day, Jamie accidentally turns in her journal as a school assignment, and to her horror, it gets published as a novel called “Isabella: Teenage Dreamer.” The book becomes a huge success, and suddenly, Jamie finds herself thrust into the spotlight as the anonymous author. However, the newfound fame comes with its challenges, and Jamie must navigate the complexities of popularity, friendships, and staying true to herself.

As “Isabella” gains popularity, Jamie’s life begins to change dramatically. She becomes popular at school and catches the attention of the most sought-after guy, Connor Kennedy (played by Jason Dolley). While her social life seems to be thriving, she also faces challenges in maintaining her relationships with her best friends, Lindsay (played by Danielle Panabaker) and Harmony (played by Alexandra Krosney).

Throughout the movie, Jamie must learn to balance her dual identities as Isabella, the confident and outgoing author, and herself, the introverted and shy teenager. She realizes that being true to herself and her friends is more important than the superficiality of popularity.

“Read It and Weep” is a heartwarming coming-of-age story that explores themes of self-discovery, friendship, and the pressures of growing up. It encourages viewers to embrace their unique voices and talents, even in the face of unexpected challenges.

The film also features musical elements, with original songs performed by Kay Panabaker and her on-screen friends. It is an entertaining and relatable movie for teenagers and young adults, reminding them that authenticity and staying true to oneself are essential on the journey to self-discovery and personal growth.

Additional Details


  • Kay Panabaker: Jamison “Jamie” Bartlett
  • Danielle Panabaker: Isabella “IS”
  • Alexandra Krosney: Harmony
  • Marquise C. Brown: Lindsay
  • Allison Scagliotti: Sawyer “Myrna” Sullivan
  • Jason Dolley: Connor Kennedy
  • Chad Broskey: Marco Vega
  • Tom Virtue: Ralph Bartlett
  • Connie Young: Peggy Bartlett
  • Robin Riker: Diana
  • Nick Whitaker: Lenny Bartlett
  • Falisha Fehoko: Jennifer #1
  • Malinda Money: Jennifer #2
  • Joyce Cohen: Miss Gallagher
  • Paisley Van Patten: Amber Tiffany


  • Director: Paul Hoen
  • Producer: Don Schain and Sheri Singer

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