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Leslie's Journal

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  558 Ratings  ·  79 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, 176 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:

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.
Oct 19, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alexis Figueroa
Apr 07, 2016 Alexis Figueroa rated it really liked it
Full Review of Leslie's Journal
Physical,mental,and verbal abuse all play a significant part in a girl's life named, Leslie. Leslie is sixteen years old ans a sophomore in High School. She has some serious problems in her life dealing with Her life at this point is all over the place. Things are about to get worse when she meets a boy named, Jason. This book should be read by people fourteen years and older because this book has a ot of innappropiate language and harsh graphics to imagine will
Apr 05, 2016 MissLoveReadingBooks rated it it was amazing
I remember seeing this book on a shelf and thinking "I have to read this!" This is when I was obsessed with reading journals & diaries. I had read `Go ask Alice` `Annie's Baby` `It happened to Nancy` and other books.
This book is powerful, gripping and has a little humor in it.
Leslie is a lonely student who's parents divorced and she only has one geeky friend named Katie, Leslie pretends to be popular and lies to her school mates saying she has plenty of boyfriend's when she doesn't. Then Jas
Mar 12, 2010 Amanda rated it it was ok
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
Jorge Alejandre
Do you want to read a compalling book? If you do check out Leslie's Junal. A girl not lisenng to her mother,dates a guy that is popular an abuses from his girlfriends. His name is Jason. Leslie also would oes through isues with drugs and alchol at a young age. A certin age recomended for this would be 12 and older. I think that is good agebecause young teens could learn what is good and also what is bad for them. Peolple reading this should me intrested in the consequencesof young peolple. Kids ...more
Susana Calderon
Apr 07, 2016 Susana Calderon rated it it was amazing
Leslie is a girl with a crazy life. She meets a boy named Jason that she thinks is good from her. Little does she know how bad he actually is. People that are 13 or oldershould read this book because it has swearing words talks about abuse and dating violence, which may be hard for people that are younger to understand. People who are intrested in realistic fiction should read this. Challenges with reading thisvbook is the wordsvmaybe hard to understand.
Sage Maldonado
Apr 07, 2016 Sage Maldonado rated it really liked it
Leslie's Journal is about a girl named Leslie who is having problems with her boyfriend and parents. So she has to make big decisions on what to do. Will she listen to the people around her or will she go on her own? This book is for ages 14 and up. This is because this novel has lots of sensitive topics such as rape, dating violence, and drug abuse. People interested in dating violence will like this novel because they could be going through a similar situation. There are lots of serious topics ...more
Apr 07, 2016 Dloher added it
Leslie is having a really bad time in life, with her mom and exspeally with her "boyfriend" Jason. She lives a life of bad influence and crime. She also does stuff that causes her and her mom to fight. This book is for ages through 14 and up because its not appropiate for young childern because theres violence and crime. People that like to read about crime and violence would think this book is interesting. Also some challenges in this book are alot of big and complacated words and the way the b ...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
Nicole Romero
Apr 07, 2016 Nicole Romero rated it did not like it
Leslie is scared of losing her friends . She also struggles with the life problems she has and the way she feels . No matter what leslie does she is always scared of the comeback . 13-18 year olds coukd be intersted in this novel so they understand it better because its in there age group . People could be intersted in the drama of topics they have or the romantic scenceenthey have . Challenges are trying to understand the topics or the vocabulary of the book .
Emily Quintana
Apr 25, 2016 Emily Quintana rated it really liked it
"I don't want to expand my circle of friends." Jason is the one that everybody wants.Lelise is scared of losing the one she loves.Teacher who get in your privacy.friends/parents who try to help you.teens who are rebels. I recommond this to ages 14-18 will read this book because some like books that talk about depression,drugs,and fall in loved.people may be intersted in this book if they like romace ,friction,and violence.
Angel Ladera
Apr 07, 2016 Angel Ladera rated it it was amazing
''He falls back,howls. Charges again stabs the jagged cue end to the table . (Die bitch) but i've squirmed away". Leslie has gone through so much in her life that led her to this event. Jason, a two face guy,leads leslie down this path.I would recocomend this to teens 14+ because at this age teens get in to relationships really tough problems and also teens look more at their soroundings.
Kory Bootsma
Mar 21, 2015 Kory Bootsma rated it it was amazing
Leslie's Journal is a fictional reality, high low book. Leslie is a teenager who struggles with a lot of internal issues which causes inner turmoil and bouts of anger. Her last friend is ready to drop Leslie as a companion. Yet in walks Jason McCready, a new comer to the school and the new pursuer of Leslie's heart. Rich and handsome, he is soon the target of every girl in school but it's Leslie with whom he wants. But Jason has a dark side that's too dark for any woman. Rape, manipulation, drug ...more
Oct 14, 2010 Alienne rated it liked it
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.
Porsha Butler
Jun 05, 2014 Porsha Butler rated it really liked it
Leslie’s Journal by Allan Stratton

Leslie’s Journal is about a 16 year old named Leslie, who went through a lot of creepy drama. She moved from Seattle to another state. Once she transferred to her new high school things started to get uncomfortable. Later, she meets a senior boy named Jason who keeps flirting with her . Them their relationship began to increase. Jason starts taking her out to late night parties and giving her sweet roses and cards. They were deeply in love up until darkness appe
Jay G
May 26, 2015 Jay G rated it it was ok
Leslie Phillips hates everyone and everything. Since her parents separation she's been mad at the world. The only person she can trust is her best friend, Katie. That is until the new senior, Jason comes to town. Jason quickly becomes the centre of Leslie's world, but when she wants out of their relationship Jason isn't having it.

This book was very creepy and disturbing. I read it in one day and was unable to put it down. The major issue I had with the book was Leslie. I found her to be very nai
Dillon Schramm
Apr 07, 2016 Dillon Schramm rated it did not like it
Jason and lesliy love each other or do they really? Find out when and jason fight a lot more then reguler pepole.leslies is not sure if she should even tell any body. She feels like she can,however,tell her jornal.The ages that should read this novelis around like 10 to 90 because they whould like to now how they can learn how to stop it before it happens.Pepole that are intrested in this are go around pepole how try to avoid sexural assult abbuse or getting salked.The challanges with reading th ...more
Jun 10, 2016 Manca rated it liked it
A very interesting book, scary on some parts but the ending was fine. I also loved how the characters developed and the message of the story is great.
Jun 10, 2015 Rosie rated it it was amazing
Leslie woke up on the floor not knowing what happened, she was in pain. She was cold and realized there was blood all over her, she was scared trying to remember what happened. This novel is about how Leslie feels and how throughout the story she ends up realizing some things. This novel should be read at ages 15+ because this book is for teens in high school who might of experienced this type of problem and are mature, such as females who would like it more than males because it's based on how ...more
Jessica Bautista
Jun 10, 2015 Jessica Bautista rated it really liked it
Leslie woke up on the floor not knowing what happened, she was in pain. She was cold and realized there was blood all over her, she was scared trying to remember what happened. This novel is about how Leslie feels and how throughout the story she ends up realizing some things. This novel should be read at ages 15+ because this book is for teens in high school who might of experienced this type of problem and are mature, such as females who would like it more than males because it's based on how ...more
Shara Weiss
Feb 04, 2009 Shara Weiss rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 26, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Very good book.
Nov 17, 2010 Chandra rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 01, 2013 Celia rated it really liked it
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
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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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“Life doesn’t make sense. It’s against the law for somebody to steal your bike but apparently it doesn’t matter if somebody tries to steal your best friend. Well you can always get a new bike. But how do you replace a best friend” 7 likes
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