Dear Diary

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Elizabeth Wurtzel meets Sarah Silverman in this darkly humorous look back on adolescence and young adulthood from the popular Vice Magazine columnist. Juxtaposing more than ten years of diary entries against updates and interviews with the subjects of the entries-from former best friends to enemies, crushes to boyfriends-Lesley Arfin comes to realize maybe her life wasn't exactly as she had written it. When she wrote about Cynthia Karacas (it's funny how you remember everyone's first and last name like that) ...
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Overview

Elizabeth Wurtzel meets Sarah Silverman in this darkly humorous look back on adolescence and young adulthood from the popular Vice Magazine columnist. Juxtaposing more than ten years of diary entries against updates and interviews with the subjects of the entries-from former best friends to enemies, crushes to boyfriends-Lesley Arfin comes to realize maybe her life wasn't exactly as she had written it. When she wrote about Cynthia Karacas (it's funny how you remember everyone's first and last name like that) making her feel "retarded" in 10th grade, the world was a dark, lonely place and she could see no light at the end of the tunnel. When she discovered heroin things got even worse. Today, with the perspective that only rock bottom can give you, Lesley looks back at the apocalypse that was adolescence and asks, "What the hell was I talking about?" Lesley's hilarious updates remind us how heavy it all seemed back then and how irrelevant it all really is in the face of adulthood. When she digs up all her old friends and enemies to get their take on each entry, a whole new perspective is added. Some are eager to apologize while others are still mad because, "Let's face it, you were a loser." No matter who she talks to about the days we all discovered sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll, one thing is abundantly clear: we were ridiculous.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576873830
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 567,034
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 7.38 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lesley Arfin was born in Long Island, New York, in 1978. After a few botched attempts 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 career. 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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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. "
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Table of Contents


Foreword   Chloe Sevigny     viii
Preface     xvi
Junior High: Age 12-14     2
High School: Age 14-18     44
College: Age 18-22     130
Grown-Up: Age 22-28     186
Afterword     229
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2009

    One of the best books i've ever read

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2007

    entertaining, funny, insightful, and dark

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2009

    Boring

    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.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    A drug addict who sees no harm in doing drugs

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2009

    wow

    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

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2009

    dear diary

    amazing - both funny and sad at the same time

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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