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Dear Diary

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  1,820 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
A collection of a girl's funniest diary entries from 12 to 25 years old. She updates each entry by tracking down the people involved and asking awkward questions like, "Do you remember when I tried to beat you up?" Sometimes old friends apologize. Sometimes they become new enemies. No matter who she talks to about the days we all discovered sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll, on ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by VICE Books
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Feb 05, 2008 Pilouetta rated it did not like it
Recommended to Pilouetta by: tema
maybe it's just me. maybe we got off to a bad start when she said she was punk in 1993 at the age of 14 (i thought it DIED when i was 15 in 1983). and maybe i can't relate to a 27 year old whose parents supported her so she could go to hampshire college, and become a heroin addict. i found her book boring and self indulgent which, i think, is exactly what a diary is, interesting to arfin and her friends ONLY. her fucking isn't that hot, her writing is ... well, she's no anais nin. her best line: ...more
Sep 10, 2007 Valerie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who aren't interested in drugs
ah gahd heroin heroin heroin. being a girl. feeling like shit. terrible horrible wonderful. yes yes yes.

i stayed up all night reading this horrible shit. i'm tired and pissed and i want drugs now. it's really good.

i've been keeping diaries as long as this chick and mine are way more interesting. way.
Liza Miller
Apr 30, 2015 Liza Miller rated it liked it
Full disclosure: There is a lot (A LOT) in Lesley Arfin’s “Diary” to which I straight-up cannot relate. I don’t know what it’s like to do heroin (is that how you say it? “do heroin?”). I’ve never been to rehab. I never had a raver phase. (Should I be upset about that?) But I do remember what it’s like to write in my diary as a pre-adolescent girl about how terrifying and strange it felt to start 6th grade. And, unlike Arfin, I never want to show my diaries to anyone, let alone publish them for t ...more
matt. singer.
Nov 03, 2007 matt. singer. rated it it was ok
Lesley Arfin is not an extraordinary girl. She grew up a Jewish American Princess in Long Island, endured the same cattiness and extreme self-consciousness all teenagers suffer through, became a punk, then a raver, then went off to college — and became a full-blown junkie.

How does someone go from kick line and crushes and mosh pits to Ecstasy and crystal meth and heroin? That’s what Arfin, now 28 and “straightedge,” would like to know. "Dear Diary" is an extension of the column she writes for hi
Sep 17, 2008 Kelly rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult, nonfiction
I was looking through the bookstore purchasing materials for my vacation (rare treat to self) when this book on display jumped out at me. Recommendations on the back made it seem like it would be enjoyable, funny, and a speedy read.

Well it was speedy.

In this book Arfin takes diary entries from elementary school up to the present and pokes fun at them. She also goes back to talk to people she wrote about to find out if they're still jerks or whether they've mended their ways.

The problem is that A
Oct 26, 2015 Phyllis rated it it was ok
Do people still hate Lesley Arfin? This was a pretty tedious read, and the only thing I liked about it was the Vanessa Davis illustrations. I just don't think there's any way you can make your teenage diary interesting, even with lengthy annotations and interviews with former friends. Sometimes there's tiny sparks of self-awareness and legit insight, but they're quickly extinguished by the endless sludge tide of dissecting stupid fights the author had when she was 16 years old. Why do so many wr ...more
Feb 17, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I'm on the edge with this one and it's not of glory either. (Lady Gaga fans put your paws up!)

I liked the format a lot. I liked that she took the entries straight out of her personal diaries and then reflected upon it from her older self and interviewed the people involved with those entries. That was what made me stick with it and read it to the very end because Lesley Arfin has some big cajones for airing her personal laundry for all to see and read.

But (and it's a big one) I didn't l
Jun 28, 2008 Naomi rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one....
Oh where do I begin...

I guess I will begin with I was very disappointed with this book. I read reviews that compares this book to "Go Ask Alice"... ha. Whoever wrote that needs to re-read that book and then re-read "Dear Diary".

I think this book may have been able to be something great, well expect that Arfin lacks any seriously writing ability. And that fact this junkie lived off of her parents money for years... I mean you can't hate on someone for that, shit that would be the life. But then t
Aug 02, 2007 Colleen rated it it was ok
self-indulgent to say the least.

i found a lot of it rather boring and the quality of writing was poor. [does she really think it's okay to publish a book using abbreviated forms of words such as "btw" and "jk?"-i get it. and it makes me embarassed for this aging hipster.]

i won't say that i disliked it though. i'm a pop-culturist and this is pop-culture at it's best. the author is only a few years older than me so it was nice little trip down memory lane. a fun, quick read but i don't think it w
Apr 22, 2012 Brisbride13 rated it did not like it
Simply did not like this book and wish I could give it less than a whole star. When I picked it up at the library, I didnt know anything about it, I was just attracted to it because I have always been a huge journal keeper. I didnt care for the cover too much, but just assumed it was there because the author was still so young and immature. The original diary entries just didnt strike me as genuine; there was something that didnt feel right about them. But then when I was a teenager struggling w ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Amelia rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle
I came across this book at a really cool bookstore in Baltimore where John Waters apparently picks up his fan mail. I'd not heard of Lesley Arfin, but apparently she writes for Rookie and I adore Rookie and the aforementioned bookstore was also selling copies of Rookie Yearbook One.

So I said, "What the hell" and decided to read it.

And what a goddamned waste of time it was.

Maybe I'm missing something. Maybe I'm boring. Maybe I had the world's most uneventful adolescence. But this book pissed me o
Norae Lebowski
Jan 30, 2017 Norae Lebowski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mi-colección
Este libro es tan insoportable como su narradora, que se dedica a recordar entradas de su diario desde que era adolescente hasta que llega a la adultez y luego «reflexionar» sobre las anécdotas, así como entrevistar muy de pasada y sin ninguna relevancia a las personas a las que hace referencia en ellas. Vamos, que es una oda a mira lo guay y rebelde que he sido en mi juventud y probablemente sea una lectura interesante para ella misma y poco más. Una absoluta pérdida de tiempo que solo muestra ...more
Jun 16, 2012 Christine rated it did not like it
I'm sorry to say this, because I thought I would like this book, but it sucked. Even though it is based on real diary entries, none of it felt very genuine or reflective in a meaningful way. There is something about rich girls whose parents pay for their college, multiple rehab stints, and apartments in Alphabet City that I will always find unappealing. Maybe if they actually had to work for something (besides sobriety), they wouldn't be so smug and self-obsessed. Like, am I supposed to care tha ...more
Sep 21, 2010 MariNaomi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic
This book gave me a peek into what it might have been like, had I run rampant with my adolescent/early adulthood drug use. Oh, and had I not been terrified of needles. Lesley Arfin's journal entries (and especially her observations from an older age) really rang true to me, capturing the insecurities and desperation to please that I think all young girls go through. This book felt honest, thoughtful, and her writing style made me laugh aloud numerous times. Special excitement bonus points for th ...more
Lila Dobbs
my cuz wrote this !
Julie - Book Hooked Blog
Dec 29, 2010 Julie - Book Hooked Blog rated it did not like it
Shelves: humor
I picked this one up at McKays because the cover reminded me a lot of Mortified (edited by David Nagel), which I enjoyed. I also needed a book for a quarterly challenge my NBC girls do that is in diary form and the premise for this book sounded hilarious. The book is made up of entries from the author's diary from middle school through her post-college years. She also includes updated commentary on her diary entries and interviews some of the people she wrote about. The back cover blurbs all tal ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Renee rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiftyfifty
if you do not understand irony, please do not read this book. this 'memoir' (can you really write a memoir when you're 27 and the only life experience you have is going to college and doing copious amounts of drugs?) has aspects that kept me reading- blatant juiciness and bad-girl behavior written in a straightforward manner that makes you feel like you're having a conversation with your (pretty annoying) friend.

arfin is obsessed with cool vs. lame which makes me think she is perpetually thirte
Aug 13, 2010 courtney rated it really liked it
i have a "thing" for diary-type books. either real of fictionalized, even if they are schlocky airport fare i can never say no. luckliy, this book isn't - lesley writes this memoir that is half diary entries from her personal journals and half commentary on those entries and where she was in her life when she wrote them like a letter to an old friend from back home. it helps that she has led an interesting and adventurous life thus far- and dear diary reflects that in its smart yet snarky recoll ...more
Monica Fastenau
May 31, 2016 Monica Fastenau rated it it was ok
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The concept of this book is fantastic: Lesley inserts an old diary entry from her teen or young adult years, and then writes an update or interviews the people mentioned in it. When I think about all the ridiculous things that are probably written in my own childhood diary entries, I can’t help wondering what kind of updates I’d end up inserting.

But the main thing that happens in Lesley’s life at this point is her addiction to dr
Katy Graham
May 17, 2013 Katy Graham rated it it was amazing
In this book with Diary pages that have dirty secrets that come funny and clever talk about Lesley’s life story and everything she likes and does in her teen and young adult stages. She talks about just everything possible you could imagine and things that would be way out of your mind to think about. The main focus in Dear Diary is talking about how Lesleys repeated mistakes lead her into drugs and how her drug addiction got stronger, she ended up going to rehab twice. Lesley’s main point for e ...more
Jan 14, 2016 S rated it did not like it
This book was terrible...just...terrible. Really.

I found it in my housing association laundry room library... maybe one day I will learn that usually free books are pretty bad. I am soon going to be a librarian, but I got up from reading the last page of this book, walked straight over to my bin and chucked it in.
I *did* fish it out but only because I remembered it wasn't mine to throw away.
Dull, inane, self absorbed, badly written drivel. Don't believe the hype and reviews on the dust jacket.

Aug 26, 2009 Eliza rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
I was so intrigued by this book - it has the dramatic trifecta: sex, drugs, and rock and roll - that it's hard to believe how bored I was reading it. Even with all of the crazy things that were going on it wasn't fun to read. Lesley is hard to relate to. I felt like she was trying to impress us. I guess it comes down to the fact that I don't know her and she didn't manage to make me care about her story. I couldn't even finish the book.
The author is shallow and full of herself....basically, she's the person who just wants to go on and on and on because she likes hearing herself speak.

There is nothing useful or helpful here, the writing is weak, undeveloped, and juvenile; the author seems very proud of herself for what she was involved in--and what info there is of that is very sketchy. Even as I was reading this five-minute story, I found myself wondering why this book had been published at all.
Leonard Pierce
Jun 07, 2008 Leonard Pierce rated it did not like it
Shelves: biography
Why does Vice keep sending me books? I do not like them and sometimes, like this one, they have the word "frenemy" in them. And yet they keep showing up in my mailbox.
Jan 05, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing
Rating this highly because of its importance to me & my nostalgic view (totally bias), not because of the quality! Haha still great & worth a read!
Mar 28, 2016 Katrina rated it liked it
A glimpse into a tortured soul's struggle with addiction.
Katy Jane
Dec 20, 2016 Katy Jane rated it liked it
1. I was 6 in 1991, so I wasn't familiar with every early 90s reference. There was so much pop culture in this book, which I appreciated on one hand, but there were so many references that I had to look up that I felt like the book needed a dictionary with pictures. I have an idea of what she was talking about but if a teenager was reading it today, they might get a little lost.
2. I was "ousted" in about 5th grade. Literally no one spoke to me for a few weeks. I don't remember any of the details
Apr 06, 2015 Julia rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
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Apr 01, 2013 Megan rated it really liked it
I give the memoir, Dear Diary by Lesley Arfin 4 out of 5 stars.

Arfin takes us deep into her life from 6th grade to present day with extraordinary detail, showing us the ups and downs of drug use, being cool, and teenage phases. She explains how horribly great it is to be a teenager, even if like her, you are a little lost.

I am in love with the way Arfin writes this no nonsense piece of text with wit, humor and a good attitude about her past. Arfin makes it real for the reader, not some made up,
Shay Carolan
May 17, 2013 Shay Carolan rated it liked it
My rating for Dear Diary by Lesley Arfin is a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Lesley started a diary when she was 12 years old and continued writing in it until she was 25. She later used those entries to write this book showing what she wrote. She also got in contacts with people that she wrote about and did a little catching up and asked them questions about things she wrote in her diary. This book also tells about the troubles that she went through and got into as a young teen to her twenties.

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Lesley Arfin has been writing professionally since 2001. She graduated from Hampshire College and immediately started an internship at Vice magazine, where she then went on to write a number of articles, as well as her own column, "Dear Diary."

In 2007 her book, Dear Diary, based on the column, was published by Vice Books/MTV Press. The introduction to the book was written by Chloe Sevigny.

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