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The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  2,492 ratings  ·  219 reviews
Laura Palmer was introduced to television audiences in the opening scenes of "Twin Peaks"--as a beautiful dead girl, wrapped in plastic. Now available in print for the first time in many years (and in e-book for the very first time!), THE SECRET DIARY OF LAURA PALMER chronicles Laura's life from age 12 to her death at 17, and is filled with secrets, character references, a ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Pocket (first published January 1st 1990)
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A.K.
Dec 22, 2008 A.K. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to A.K. by: The owels
Obviously not for Twin Peaks non-fans. Ms. Lynch isn't the most lucid writer (no shit, she's a Lynch) but WHOOOO CARES. The teenie bop pathos, weirdo sex and hints of a complicated spirituality are a bit trashy and all magic. And while the mystery of this woman-child Laura Palmer was a focal point of the show, having Laura speak on Laura was satisfying. I loved loved loved that included was her realization that the people in her life project all their shit onto her, and that she both gets off on ...more
Mike Lester
Such a dangerous thing diaries are. They sit in dresser drawers like a loaded weapon, a mine waiting to explode at the slightest touch. Some of my most horrible moments have been connected to diaries, things written and read, and because of this, I will never keep one. Jennifer Lynch has perfectly captured the spirit of Laura Palmer in these pages. The entries range from teenage innocence at one moment, to the jaded, worldly girl/woman Laura was. A fun read that actually enhances the Twin Peaks ...more
Ben Loory
been meaning to read this for about twenty years, and found it sitting by the register at my favorite used bookstore for 2 bucks the other day... seemed like a sign... it's actually a pretty good read, totally convincing as a young girl's diary, pretty disturbing at times, with a lot of really memorable scenes, and definitely took me right back to twin peaks and all the time i spent watching and thinking about the show. as it went on, however, it seemed to unravel a bit... got to a point where i ...more
Brianne
Not recommended for the under-10 crowd. Ahem, mother? Yes, I watched Twin Peaks as a child. I also bought the book and had the t-shirt. And I'm pretty sure I was the only fifth-grader wearing a "You are a stranger here but once" shirt displaying the infamous "Welcome to Twin Peaks, population 51,201" sign. Was Lynch avant-garde in those lonely, pre-teen years? I would say so. (It's funny that not even any of the teachers confronted me about it, either. But that probably says more about our pool ...more
Mel
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Sammy
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Nathan
May 03, 2008 Nathan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Don't Ask Alice and/or The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Recommended to Nathan by: myself.
the secret diary of laura palmer, written by jennifer lynch (david lynch's daughter), follows the life of a young girl from the ages of 12 until 17 as she experiments with sex, drugs, and giving into our most base -- and sometimes worst -- impulses. laura transforms from a curious seeker of truths who loves cats and bakes cookies with her mom to a cocaine-using pet-killer who has sex with strangers. laura's relationships with her family and friends either disintegrate or get transformed into sur ...more
Rozonda
Laura is a teenager with a double life; she's a nice, clean and popular girl and at the same time a drug addict engaged in dangerous sexual games.. And she has a terrible secret into the bargain...

This book is a fable about the fears, obsessions and dreams of teenagers displayed in a distorted, nightmarish story. Not a masterpiece but certainly an interesting part of the Twin Peaks world.
Karen
I read this book for the first time when I was in grade 8. It was passed around secretly. I guess older sisters or moms wouldn't have like to see us read this book? Now I own a copy and read it in my 20s. I kinda see why it was a secret...
Gitte
My life is whatever the other person in the room wants it to be.
- Laura Palmer


I would recommend this book to: Fans of Twin Peaks and / or people interested in troubled teenage girls, the subconscious and horror.
The Beginning: Dear Diary, My name is Laura Palmer, and as of just three short minutes ago, I officially turned twelve years old!

I finished the Twin Peaks series a few weeks ago and loved every single episode. Imagine how intrigued I was to learn that there was a Laura Palmer diary writ
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Linda B
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Victoria Watson
David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ was a cult phenomenon in the 90s. It centred around the murder of all-American girl Laura Palmer and Agent Cooper’s search for her killer. As Cooper delved further into Twin Peaks, things just got weirder and weirder.

This, a tie-in written by Lynch’s daughter Jennifer, was re-released at the end of 2011. It is Jennifer Lynch’s imagining of what preceded Laura’s murder, detailing a back story that fans of the show would be interested in. It begins with Laura’s 12th birt
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Moira
Following my obsession for Twin Peaks at the start of this year, I had to read The Secret Diary written by no other but the Master's daughter. The book serves the same purpose as the spin-off film Fire Walk With Me, that is giving you more background information on Laura Palmer herself. You'd have to wonder how Jennifer Lynch, 22 at the time, managed to impersonate Laura Palmer so well. I can't help wondering if Laura's miseries were a recurring dinner table topic in the Lynch's family. How weir ...more
Amy
So, my friend Rusty insisted that I read this after I watched Twin Peaks and admitted to him my temporary obsession with it. Rusty's the biggest Twin Peaks fan I know, so I thought he'd surely have a suggestion for a book (or series) I could love as much as Twin Peaks. I had no idea that this book existed, so I immediately downloaded it to my Kindle on his suggestion and put off watching the prequel movie to the series because he swore that I had to read this first.

I'd been trying to figure out
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Amy
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Xio
The show/film were fascinating. Practically the only interesting thing going on after Cheers ended, guffaw, chortle.

No, wait. This is not, in my opinion, Lynch's finest work. But I adore 'Mulholland Drive' and 'Wild At Heart' and 'Eraserhead' and 'The Elephant Man' and oh wait, it'd be easier to say what I didn't enjoy.

In any event, this was a useful and clever bit of cross marketing before that had gone all that far beyond Happy Meal toys, remember?
Stephanie
What a fascinating, surreal, disturbing book. It's a tie in for Twin Peaks, obviously, so probably wouldn't mean much to a non-fan, but as a fan I have to say this book is really engrossing. It's Laura from Laura's POV, which you never get in the show since she is found dead "wrapped in plastic" in the first episode.

If anything, it makes everything going on with Laura even more insidious, more terrifying, especially when you know who BOB is while you are reading it. Truly haunting.
Carrie
I'm being a little generous here, because ultimately, this isn't a great book. It's Go Ask Alice using an established property rather than a fake anonymous author. The writing is intentionally weak, because it's supposed to be the diary of a girl between the ages of 12 and 17, but the structure and story development still leaves a lot to be desired. It relies a lot on name recognition and throwaway references to the plot of Twin Peaks, rather than trying to delve deeper into the backstory of the ...more
Michelle
i finished this in 3 hours on a rainy sunday. it was possibly one of the sleaziest things that i've read that i didn't expect to be sleazy! also disturbing. but not terribly well written. i love twin peaks, though, and i guess it is worth it to read if poring over every piece of the laura palmer puzzle is intriguing to you.
Melissa
I first read this when I was ten, for the sex bits, and then my mom took it away from me. I got my copy as a break-up score when I was seventeen (take that, Zach!). The best part is thinking about what might be on the ripped out pages.
Zach
My uncle gave me this for Xmas when I was like 11 years old. Thank god he didn't read the first ten pages.
Joana Monteiro
I've been obsessing over Twin Peaks for quite a while now. I started by watching the TV series, which took me quite a bit to get into but could not get enough after some time. After watching the series I saw the movie, which I had bought sometime before for a bargain. I did not enjoy it that much because I kind of was expecting something that would explain some plot holes left by the series. It just didn't do it for me, so I figured I needed to read some books about it. I had wanted to buy this ...more
Sean Kennedy
(2.5 / 5)

It pains me to give this a poor review as there is so little Twin Peaks merchandise out there, but in the end this isn't a very good book even for the lovers of what is possibly the best television show ever made.

I think the biggest problem here (and is also one that affects the series prequel, Fire Walk With Me) is that Laura Palmer is such an enigma, and such a metaphor for the dark underbelly of suburban life, is that when that mystery is removed it can never live up to your expectat
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Geoff Sebesta
Adds some important background detail, though nothing shattering. It's mostly about Laura's lonely fight with Bob, which was elaborated upon in FWIW but finds few contradictions here (the drug deal that went wrong with Bobby and Laura is a bit different here but whatevez).

If you need to know everything there is to know about Twin Peaks, then you'll have to read this book and not much else, because there just isn't a lot more. If you're looking for a symbolic masterpiece to provide the key to the
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Caroline
As I am a HUGE Twin Peaks fan, and have a slight obsession with Laura Palmer, I think the diary is a great addition to the world of Twin Peaks. Although some of the scenes in the diary were quite unrealistic, some just didn't make sense, I think the reason I like this book so much is it gives the reader the true essence of Laura, this mysterious, tragically beautiful figure. Jennifer Lynch did a great job portraying Laura, even if some of the details in the diary weren't exactly true to how they ...more
Vicky
I have always been a big Twin Peaks Freak. I've even visited Snoqualmie Falls, ate some cherry pie and had some damn fine coffee at the Mar-T Diner (aka the Double R). So, whenever I need a quick Twin Peaks fix to satisfy my craving, I get out my gold box definitive DVD collection and Laura Palmer's Secret Diary and it hits the spot.

This book is really only for Twin Peak's fans. I'm not sure anyone else would get past Laura's salacious diary entries or try to understand her strange and disturbi
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Allison
Nov 18, 2007 Allison rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: twin peaks fans or dark poetry lovers
You probably have to be a hard-core twin peaks fan to really appreciate this book, otherwise, it will just seem twisted. It is twisted but along with the tv show, it takes on a very dark beauty and becomes a necessary piece of the twin peaks puzzle. My copy has passages that are highlighted because so many of the diary entries read like poetry. Yes, it is supposedly "written" by a troubled teen-age girl, but it doesn't read like that, it goes way beyond while maintaining the illusion.
Jennifer
I am revisting all the Twin peaks on Netflix. I am totally sucked in again. This book gave a lot of background and confirmed some details that I suspected about what Laura was mixed up with. She had tons of crazy dangerous sex and wrote their initials in her diary. There were some that I expected to see but didn't and plenty I have no idea who they are. I admit had nightmares a few nights that I was in Twin Peaks and BOB and Leo were after me. I needed a "nice" book after this.
Maria
After watching Twin Peaks for the first time decades after it aired on television, I wanted to learn more about the central figure who never got to speak for herself. Beginning about 5 years before her murder, this diary chronicles the transformation of a young girl already tormented by BOB (who is never really explained) to someone who's gone off the deep-end of drugs and sex into a place so dark she calls for death. Like the show, this book is ambiguous and leaves the reader with almost as man ...more
Stephanie Garrett
Overall, I think this fit with the show and stayed true to Lynch and Frost's vision of Laura. It was depressing, dark, and pretty well written. Jennifer Lynch isn't the absolute best writer; however, she writes a believable diary from the perspective of a 12-16 year old. Some the descriptions are genuinely beautiful and/or heartbreaking, while others just nail specific feelings, etc. spot on. I also loved the poems. There were two things that bugged me: 1) The pony, Troy, is never mentioned in t ...more
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