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Dear Diary
     

Dear Diary

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by Lesley Arfin
 

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A collection of a girl's funniest diary entries from 12 to 25 years old. She updates each entry by tracking down the people involved and asking awkward questions like, "Do you remember when I tried to beat you up?" Sometimes old friends apologize. Sometimes they become new enemies. No matter who she talks to about the days we all discovered sex, drugs, and rock 'n

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A collection of a girl's funniest diary entries from 12 to 25 years old. She updates each entry by tracking down the people involved and asking awkward questions like, "Do you remember when I tried to beat you up?" Sometimes old friends apologize. Sometimes they become new enemies. No matter who she talks to about the days we all discovered sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Boys are totally immature.

"Here's your chance to have all the benefits of a tortured adolescence without the shitty childhood. Congradulations!"
—Sarah Silverman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576873830
Publisher:
powerHouse Books
Publication date:
06/01/2007
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
643,095
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 7.38(h) x 0.80(d)

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The year I was cool September 1990 (Age 11) DEAR DIARY, Tomorrow is the first day of 6th grade!! I am so nervous. I don 't know what to wear but I feel like every year on the first day of school I blow it. I really don 't want to get lost. That is the number one thing I am afraid of. Number two is not having any friends in my lunch. UPDATE I had two really good friends in 5th grade (Tiffany Solomon and Alexis Grucela) but I wanted to hang out with the cool kids in 6th grade so I pretended Tiffany and Alexis didn't exist. The way you break up with friends on the first day of Junior High is: you don 't sit with them at lunch, which is what I did. I walked right by them and we never spoke again. I don 't feel bad about it. Not even today, 17 years later. It 's a rite of passage, like in "Freaks and Geeks " or "My So Called Life. " The next ten years went: popular and cool, then persona non grata, then slut, then punk rock chick, then raver, then heroin addict, then clean, then writing this book... But I 'm getting ahead of myself. I was popular and cool for most of 6th grade and I didn 't write in my diary very much until April 18th, 1991 when, overnight, I basically turned into Dawn Weiner from "Welcome to the Dollhouse. "

Meet the Author

Lesley Arfin was born in Long Island, New York, in 1978. After a few botched attemps at academia she settled on writing, or, more specifically, writing a regular "Dear Diary" column for Vice Magazine beginning in 2002. The column was an instant success, giving Vice a much needed "chick angle," and launching Arfin's writing carreer. She has since gone on to write for a variety of other magazines including Jane, Nylon, and i-D. Dear Diary is her first book.

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Dear Diary 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I disagree with most of the reviews on here. This book was interesting and very insightful. Any person stupid enough to think this book was boring obviously has no idea what it's like to go through any kind of addiction. First of all, the reason she brings up "old crap from the past" is because it's necessary in the process of dealing with her emotions as an adult. I personally love the way her writing allows all of her ideas to transcend through time from being a teenager to an adult. And second of all, clearly she sees harm in doing drugs...it's why she wrote the book in the first place. The writer had to be harsh and real in order to get her point across. All in all, I loved this book and recommend it to anyone, with or without a drug history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lesley's experience with the ups and downs of drug addiction makes for a real page-turner. It seems that the author writes as she speaks, which includes lots of foul language-which ads to the writing being honest, real, and comical. At the same time there are many descriptions of that are poetically descriptive. This book is the most relevant, contemporary look at a girls life growing up in North America right now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that could have been good and I like the concept of getting thoughts from people in the writers past. My problem is that the author still acts 13. She still sees nothing wrong in her drug use and all of her friend's drug use. She still sees her drug use as a badge of honor or just something teens do as a right of passage. I felt sick to my stomach reading it and figuring out that the girl has not remorse for all the crap she did and what her friends did. And to top it off, she wants to blame silly middle school drama on her life problems. I would have rather her give some helpful message to others about the danger of drug use.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
amazing - both funny and sad at the same time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started this book, thinking it was going to be funny, and something most teens could relate to. I quit thr book, because it was very harsh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scary to think that the author is my age and created nonsense such as this. Good grief. There are snippets of things from her "diary" from when she was twelve and after each snippet she makes a comment about what had happened at the time of that entry then proceeds to "interview" people that had affected her in that entry as adults. What the hell? It was a bit confusing at first because you're trying to figure out who the hell she's addressing in these "interviews" and then have to wonder why in the hell she's even bothering to bring up old crap from the past. I mean seriously? The entries, for all I know, could be made up or embellished. It's ho-hum boring, I did touchy feely, sexual things, drugs, hated my parents, hated my friends...just typical angst. I mean really? Funny? Not. Why didn't she just right a memoir instead? Or even better...not write at all. I think the only good thing that came out of this...book....is that you know that Vice Books will publish crappy work.