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Leslie's Journal

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  377 ratings  ·  61 reviews
A gripping story about the dark side of a first love.

Awards for the previous edition:
American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
The Best, Notable and Recommended List, Teacher Librarian Magazine

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Paperback, 172 pages
Published September 2nd 2000 by Annick Press
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Allan Stratton
Jan 08, 2010 Allan Stratton added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the author of Leslie's Journals. I love meeting readers, so if you have a question for me, feel free to email me through this website or my own website: www.allanstratton.com

Leslie's Journal is a thriller/suspense about a fifteen-year girl, Leslie, who is mad at the world., Her parents are splitting up, she'd losing her best friend to a clique that tries to exclude her, her marks are dropping, she's acting out -- and all of a sudden the apparently charming, devoted senior enters her life....more
I read this a couple of years ago and when I saw it in the library, I decided to re-read it.

I give it 4 stars. I'm sure a lot of people would read this book and probably be annoyed with the main character or just not like the book. I just like it because it really seems possible.

It's creepy and disturbing. The girl in the book seems to be really focused on how her peers perceive her and she gets caught in a very horrible situation.

I don't think the author wanted a quiet/shy-girl type of chara...more
Mar 12, 2010 Amanda rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People looking for a fast, leisure read not really caring for 'good book elements'
Recommended to Amanda by: My Mother
Leslie's Journal Fails to Impress

Leslie Philips can only be described by one word. “Trouble” (Stratton 12). She constantly rebels against her mother and teachers, experiments with drugs and alcohol and when it comes to school, if she decides to show up, her grades are less than satisfactory. With her parent’s recent divorce and her new “cute, perky, overgrown cheerleader” (Stratton 21) stepmom in the picture, it seems as though Leslie’s world is falling apart, until she meets Jason, the hunky he...more
Jul 25, 2011 Tori added it
2004- I'll admit I didn't have the highest hopes for this story about Leslie, a daughter of divorced parents, who starts to write her most personal thoughts in a journal assigned to her by her English teacher. It seems like Leslie's only outlet, and since her teacher promised never to read it, what's the harm in putting down personal stuff, like the fact she likes Jason? Jason isn't exactly your average boyfriend however. His first ""date"" with Leslie involves too much alcohol and it isn't unti...more
Billed as this generation's Go Ask Alice, I had great hopes for this book. It was so-so. Teen girls will like the journal format and the fact that Leslie is troubled. The story deals with date rape which leads to an abusive relationshi. (Mom and dad recently divorced and Leslie's bff is finding new friends so Leslie feels left out.)

Leslie's voice is fairly authentic, but the entire story is so rushed - everything happens so quickly, and there isn't much depth to any of it.

In the author's afterw...more
This is the kind of book that you pick up every time a moment of free time presents itself. Once the book gets to a certain point-which doesn't take long-it is almost impossible to put down.

That said, I'm not sure whether I actually enjoyed it or not. The read, yes. The story...meh. Leslie annoyed me, to be frank. And the book definitely doesn't read like a series of journal entries; it reads like a typical book written in first person.
Shara Weiss
Have you ever been in a controlling relationship? Have you ever been fearful for your safety? This gripping novel is about a relationship gone bad.
Very good book.
this book was crazy
Leslie’s Journal is a cautioning story about teenage love gone drastically wrong. It all starts with Leslie, an angry, confused, rebellious girl in need of support, and love. Her days in school are numbered, she has problems at home, and her behavior just may push away the only friend she has. But just when things couldn't possibly get any worse, she meets Jason… the totally handsome, totally cool new kid on campus. And when he suddenly kisses her in front of her friends, she's the envy of all h...more
Sydney Miller
Oct 08, 2009 Sydney Miller rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone that reads
Shelves: comfort-books
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Jennifer Castaneda
I feel that the book was ok when I started to read the book I felled that it was kind of boring but one of my friends told me to keep on reading. She told me that the book will get better after a few pages and she was right I read the first 5-8 pages and I was like this book ain’t for me I like book with action. Leslie’s journal is not a book with action but it is a book with a nice meaning. Well am berly in page 45 the book is alright so far because it talks about the girl’s life. And everythin...more
Bianca Martinez
I think the book was good, but it wasn’t the best book I ever read. I really liked the whole story and the idea of the book like Leslies whole relationship problems. What I didn’t like was that the beginning didn’t have much back ground information on the character. I would of like it more if told you more about Leslie because she’s the main character and I think there should be more info on her. The reason I think this would have been useful to the reader is because you would of related her mor...more
Leslie’s Journal by Allan Stratton is about a highschool freshman, girl named Leslie. She has recently had to watch her parents go through a divorce. As if that wasn’t enough, Leslie’s dad quickly found a new woman named Brenda and soon had no time for his daughter anymore. Leslie felt betrayed and was mad at him because this betrayal led to Leslie having to live with her mother. Of course she loves her mom but her mom was too controlling and didn’t understand anything about Leslie. Her mom was...more
Leslie Esquivel
Leslie's Journal by Allan Stratton is about a young 15 year old highschool freshman girl. Leslie goes through so many struggle's in her life. She had to watch her parents get divorced which made her life miserable and effecting her in many horrible ways. Leslie was so angry, confused, her life was a mess, she almost lost her best friend, and then a guy enters her life.
The story was well put together. I do recommend people to read this especially teenagers because what this girl Leslie was goin...more
I can usually judge a book by the first two chapters. If they aren't adequate, I move on to another book. After reading the first two chapters of Leslie's Journal, I was so close to moving on to my next library book. It struck me as an immature book about "teenage rebellion" for attention. Ick. Boring. This is where my "thank God for Goodreads" opinion gets involved. What I did was, I looked at the book's rating on Goodreads and I read some reviews. I figured, hey, so many people like it, so it...more
Cieli Godinez
What I think about this book Leslie’s Journal is that it’s a really good book to read its interesting but it has a lot of action to what happen to this girl about her rape. This author tells you exactly what happens in the rape so it could be too much for some people but for me it’s good because I love how they explain it with details. I recommend this book to you guys it has a lot of details that make u think about if that could happen to you. It makes you feel sad and scared at the same time b...more
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This was a great book but hard to read. Leslie Phillips is not your ordinary girl she’s a rebel and proud of it she a classy side and a trashy side doesn’t care what others think has a best friend Katie since she’s moved here from settle when she was seven years old the only person she felt she’s had. Since her mom and dad had gotten and divorced. Leslie and her mom live in a 2 bedroom apartment downtown, her dad left her mom for his asst. name Brenda; may I remind you Leslie hates her.
The jour...more
Stacey sterne
Leslie's Journal

on my copy of this book it has a rat lying dead on top of a pile of books that is labeled PRIVATE , but it wasnt he cover that grabbed me , it was the title i know Leslie's journal sound kinda stupid but it intrigued me. I picked it up in a thrift store and i read the back


i immediately ran to my mother and asked her to buy it for me :3. in 30 minutes i had read the book and i cried , and s...more
Leslie's Journal it was an amazing book becouse it was very interesting book. It made me feel a little bit depressed becouse Leslie is a bad girl that she only causing a lot of trouble at school and with her seperation of her parents. The best part I like is when Leslie's tries to get all the girls jealous when shes with Jason at school. I didnt like a part when Jason tries to treated so badly to Leslie.

I feel about the characters so badly becouse they were acting with bunch of problems with Le...more
Bekah Crozier
This book is about a teenager named Leslie who is forced to begin writing in a journal during her English class. As much as she dislikes the idea - she goes along with it and begins recording everything going on in her life - particularly documenting her first relationship with a new boy at school. Although this teenage love starts out romantically things take a turn for the worse shortly thereafter. Leslie isn't sure who she can turn to for help... and in the end.... it turns out that the journ...more
this book is very interesting but it is meant for an older audience. This book contains ns vet interesting and does contain some graphic material. That's why it's meant for an older audience. This book is meant for people that like a book that keeps you guessing. A book that you never know what is going to happen and keeps putting you unaware of what's going to happen next. This book has every type of characters. Like the crazy out of control teen and the quite innocent girl. The strict and craz...more
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Anina Ertel
Fake paranoia journal is my favorite genre, but this is the bootiest one I have ever read. Leslie isn't compelling at all from a female perspective, and is actually borderline offensive. I feel like only someone who doesn't like teenagers would come up with this character.

The slang is hilarious. I can't tell what time period or place we are supposed to be in at all. It's very clearly written by a male of a certain age and that is the best part. If you are into that sort of thing. Sorry Mr. Stra...more
Kathleen Garber
"This could be the Go Ask Alice of the millennium...." - School Library Journal

I think I might just agree with that. Although it's been many years since I read Go Ask Alice, I do remember the gist of it and how gripping and upsetting it was. Leslie's Journal is very similar. I believe it's just a work of fiction but it certainly sounds like it could have been a real girl's journal. Reading it brought back memories of cliques and teasing from my high school years.

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Jun 05, 2011 Kat rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: teens and adults
Recommended to Kat by: librarian
Umm despite my friend, who's incite and opinion I usually agree with, telling me that this book was not very good I liked it.

But I didn't love it. IT took a lot of convincing for me to pick up this book. and I really did like the ability to see into the mind of Leslie but personally nothing stood out too much to me.

It was a really good read but for me it's one of those books that has too much hype.

IT's still a really great book, and definately worth your time. I'm just saying it's not going do...more
Shavanna Muir
Jul 27, 2009 Shavanna Muir rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Teenage girls in abusive relationships
Recommended to Shavanna by: My Cousin
This book is about a teenage girl in an abusive relationship with a psychopath that goes to her school. When she wants out, things between them get out of hand and he begins to torure her. She records all this in a journal. To make a long story short, she presses charges, the guy goes to juvie and the rest is history. At times I had to force myself to read on because of Leslie's stupidity. I was a bit mad at the author for making her so unbelievably dumb and moronic but i guess it all worked out...more
CAUTION: There is a rape in this book.

The rape scene is not graphic. The main character passes out from drinking too much Scotch and when she comes to, she figures out what happened.

I only read the first 53 pages of this book. The writing was only mediocre and the story was less than riveting. After the rape happened, I figured I didn't really want to read any more.

I am trying to learn to give up sooner on books I am not enjoying and move on to books I am more likely to enjoy.
Very powerful and emotional. I would recommend this book for a sophomore level (or higher) lit circle. There are some difficult and challenging topics in this novel so make sure your readers are prepared for mature discussions.

This updated version incorporates more technology that a modern teen would use. I think YA readers will definitely make some sort of connection to this story. The writing is relatable and they will enjoy the journal concept.
Whitney Perez
So far i realy do like this book a whole lot. at first i didnt think i wuld but i am really turning out to like it. It is very intesteing and has so secrets comming out i huess yu can say. The cover wonders me though becaus ei dont understand why there is a rat on the cover? Maybe it rep. JAson and how she wants to killl him or something for what he did.

Howw this book has to be one of my favorites!!

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ALLAN STRATTON is the internationally acclaimed author of CHANDA'S SECRETS, winner of the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Honor Book, the Children's Africana Book Award, and ALA Booklist's Editor's Choice among others. His first YA novel was the ALA Best Book LESLIE'S JOURNAL. His latest, CHANDA'S WARS, a Junior Library Guild selection, won the Canadian Library Association's Young...more
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