The Diary of A Teenage Girl

The Diary of A Teenage Girl

An Account in Words and Pictures

Book - 2015
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The turbulent life of a teenage girl portrayed through diary entries and comic strips.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : North Atlantic Books, [2015]
Edition: Revised edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781623170349
1623170346
Characteristics: xix, 310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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kwsmith
Jun 04, 2019

Based on the author's own life, this is a story about Minnie Goetze, an emotionally troubled teenage girl growing up in San Francisco during the 1970's. She has lots of creepy sex with uncaring older men (especially her mother's boyfriend), drinks often, and takes plenty of strange drugs. In one sense this is a coming-of-age book, but it's also a deep exploration of psychological damage inflicted upon a young girl's identity and how quickly that alters her perception of intimacy. I enjoyed the book, but the diary structure gets repetitive and often sends the narrative rambling around for pages. Still, the characters are very well done, and it becomes addictive to watch Minnie's life slowly spiral into disaster. This is the original source material for the 2015 Hollywood feature film of the same title.

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redtayres
May 08, 2018

Though it won't be to everyone's liking (who cares?) I thought this book was amazing. Half-way through I found myself flipping back to the introduction, trying to discern whether I was reading fact or fiction but also, having once been a 15-year old girl, fully understanding that it must be fact-based.

Phoebe Gloeckner is an amazing artist and this book, rebranded now - quite smartly - as a graphic novel (or "an account in words and pictures") is like a master class in how to interweave narrative into graphic novel format and back again. The story made me recall feelings I hadn't experienced or thought of in decades. Simply amazing!

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CupertinoJay
Jul 02, 2016

the movie is outstanding. caught the book afterwards, expecting it to be even better. but, no, it's waay too dark.

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mclarjh
Apr 01, 2016

Terrific powerful, finally a graphic novel suitable for adults.

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msp_pier
Sep 14, 2015

this is the first novel/graphic novel i have ever read, and i absolutely loved it. completely unapologetic, this story was so raw and real. really looking forward to the movie.

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bella2016
Aug 08, 2015

Love Phoebe Gloeckner! Gritty yet wildly enjoyable, a great coming of age in the 1970's

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Persnickety77
Nov 20, 2014

I am so so glad i am not 15 anymore. What a chaotic age. This book captures the angst of that age very well

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hulagirl1
Oct 09, 2016

hulagirl1 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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