First released in 2002, this provocative, critically acclaimed novel is now a major motion picture starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, and Alexander Skarsgård.
“I don't remember being born. I was a very ugly child. My appearance has not improved so I guess it was a lucky break when he was attracted by my youthfulness.” So begins the wrenching diary of Minnie Goetze, a fifteen-year-old girl longing for love and acceptance and struggling with her own precocious sexuality. After losing her virginity to her mother's boyfriend, Minnie pursues a string of sexual encounters (with both boys and girls) while experimenting with drugs and developing her talents as an artist. Unsupervised and unguided by her aloof and narcissistic mother, Minnie plunges into a defenseless, yet fearless adolescence.
While set in the libertine atmosphere of 1970s San Francisco, Minnie's journey to understand herself and her world is universal: this is the story of a young woman troubled by the discontinuity between what she thinks and feels and what she observes in those around her. Acclaimed cartoonist and author Phoebe Gloeckner serves up a deft blend of visual and verbal narrative in her complex presentation of a pivotal year in a girl's life, recounted in diary pages and illustrations, with full narrative sequences in comics form. The Diary of a Teenage Girl offers a searing comment on adult society as seen though the eyes of a young woman on the verge of joining it.
This edition has been updated by the author with an introduction reflecting on the book's critical reception and value as diary or novel, historical document or work of art. Also included in this revised edition are supplementary photographs and illustrations from the author's childhood, including some of her own diary entries.
"Phoebe Gloeckner... is creating some of the edgiest work about young women's lives in any medium."—The New York Times
"One of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender and beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America."—Salon
"It's the most honest depiction of sexuality in a long, long time; as a meditation on adolescence, it picks up a literary ball that's been only fitfully carried after Salinger."—Nerve.com
|Publisher:||North Atlantic Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
PHOEBE GLOECKNER's comics first appeared in underground publications when she was in her teens. She is the author of the critically acclaimed works A Child's Life and Other Stories and The Diary of a Teenage Girl, as well as the illustrator of the annotated edition of J. G. Ballard's The Atrocity Exhibition. The recipient of an Inkpot Award (2000) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008), Gloeckner currently teaches at the University of Michigan's School of Art & Design.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My mother bought this for me without -- I'm sure -- ever glancing inside it. This book is a story about an absolutely ordinary teenage girl who experiments with drugs, sex, and life in general. Never once in this book did I ever dislike Minnie -- in fact, I found so much of myself in her that it was eerie. I read this book in one day without pausing. Filled with wonderful comics and a wonderful story, it's a great read. I recommend it to people between the ages of 13 and 17.
This book was very sexy, bold, true, and something that nobody else would have the guts to write about. This book had a few good laughs and shocks. I've never read a book like it. It's more explicit than most teenage books you read today. The comic strips are very good. Gloeckner is a great artist! I'm glad Poebe Glockner wrote this book, other wise I would be bored out of my mind. This book is basically about a girl named Minnie trying to fit in with everyone, but she can't seem to and while she's trying to fit in she's looking for love. Minnie hits a lot of rough spots but everything turns out very surprising.
I read this book, thinking, Oh, GOD, to be in high school again. She really cuts to the chase, and although a little too strangely sexual, it was really good read and I personally finished the book in one afternoon because I just couldn't put it down. I read it and was stunned at how silly, stupid and amazing 15-year-old girls really are.
its a very good book. i couldent put it down. i would recomend this book to anyone.
Diary of a Teenage Girl is the brst book I've read in a long, long time. It is inspiring and realistic. I loved this book and I would recommend it to ANYONE - especiall those who love art (and Frisco)