Treacherous Love: The Diary of an Anonymous Teenager
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Treacherous Love: The Diary of an Anonymous Teenager

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Fourteen-year-old Jennie's life is turning upside down. Her father has walked out, and her anguished mother seeks solace in pills. Her best friend practically abandons her to be with a boyfriend. It seems like Jennie's real best friend is her diary. Then she meets Mr. Johnstone, the substitute math teacher. Jennie has never met such a charismatic teacher. She feels honored...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 31st 2000 by HarperTeen
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Eva Leger
Jun 20, 2009 Eva Leger rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Eva by: ugh....
Wow-de-wow! Like, this is the most totally awesome book I've like, EVER read! When I was reading, like, all the liquid in my like, body, like TOTALLY CARBONATED!
Stupid me, how DUMB and babyish can I BE all the time? Get OVER IT! GROW UP for once! Like, it's JUST a book!

There- you can basically say you've read this book now. You're welcome.


Anina
Jun 26, 2009 Anina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
There's a whole bunch of these Beatrice Sparks PhD books...in each one something (or, actually, a ton of random) horrible things happen to a teenage girl. The plot of this one involves a decline into boinking the math teacher and vicodin addction after the main character's parents get divorced. The series is told in "based on a real diary" form, and here is where I think I should mention that the author's claim to fame is that she was the "editor" of Go Ask Alice. Now, I really like Go Ask Alice...more
Kristal
Aug 20, 2012 Kristal rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA lovers
Shelves: young-adult
This book disappointed me. I was expecting a Young Adult novel that dealt with the serious issue of child sexual abuse, but the majority of the book was mainly about Jennie's friend problems. Also, I know this wasn't actually written by a 14 year old-it's quite obvious in the writing style.
Audrey
I felt that the pacing of this book was slow, for it being about a girl who gets involved with her teacher a lot of it was spent talking about her friends and family, and the amount that dealt with her teacher was surprisingly small. For a good portion of the book, her teacher isn't even a character.

I didn't feel that this protagonist was as realistic as the protagonist in Go Ask Alice and I didn't much like her. She uses a lot of words I feel like a 14 year old wouldn't know [and states herself...more
Laurie
So I won't really write a real review because I picked this book up when I was sixteen and had just fallen head over heels for my history teacher. I even hid it in my room because I was sure if my mom found this book she would be on to me.

I obviously then was not so into the cautionary tale that this book obviously truly was (yes, at 16, I was expecting a romance like a dense fool). So I wasn't that into it.

Now as a teacher and an adult woman, I am glad that a book like this exists, even if I...more
Annie
This book was unlike any of the other books I have read before because this one was a diary of a fourteen year old girl, who talks about her life and how it has changed. It started out with her talking about her best friend and how she felt neglected by her once she has a boyfriend. Then she describes her problems at home, when her father decides to leave her and her mother. Towards the middle and end of the book though, she starts obsessing about her substitute teacher, Mr. J. She talks about h...more
Carrie
Eh. I know this is supposed to be the anonymous diary of a teen, and sometimes the writing and topics were SO juvenile, it was completely believable. But other times, I just had a hard time believing this was a real diary written by a real junior high student; it felt more like a cautionary tale written by an adult behind a typewriter somewhere imagining what a teen in this situation would say and do.
I am most certainly not trying to belittle the teen who went through this experience or minim...more
Dina
This book has probably been the most relatable and realistic book i have read in awhile. It is a true story about a teenage girl's life and all the twists and turns it has taken. She talks about a variety of issues, from her relationship with her bestfriend after she got a boyfriend to her relationship with her substitute teacher. I really thought that the author did a really good job setting the mood of this book. She really did a great job making the reader uncomfortable when talking about the...more
Alea
I would like to start off by saying I loved this book. The reason I decided to read Treacherous Love was not only because it was a nonfiction book but because I read the back of it and was instantly pulled in. “I just woke up with a cold spooky feeling running through me” (Sparks 1).
With this book, Visualizing/Connecting was easy. I think everyone has had a crush on one of their teachers before. We have all thought our parents fighting was our fault at some point in our lives. “I got to help Mr....more
Shyene Clemens
Strategy 1 Preview: This book shows that it is possibly about a woman or young woman that is going through tough times and her writing in her diary. This is because on the cover of the book a girl is standing and is partially blurred out because of rain running down a window and she is behind it.
Strategy 2 Set a purpose: I am reading this book because I had no idea what to read and I went through tough times when I was younger also. Not like these but I thought it would be interesting to read...more
Emily Young
I found this novel pretty boring. Although the idea that it was a true story does add some substance to the novel, I felt like this novel was not based on any real topic, and had no real plot.
Megan Pohl
Treacherous Love wasnt the best book i have ever read but only because it was a little disturbing. We met a girl named Jennie who never was the most popular kid in school and was just starting to get used to high school. Her friends where kind of on and off because her bestfriend got a boyfriend and kind of lost intrest in Jennie. I know how that feels my friends do the same at times. Jennie was in class one day and a substitute teacher walked in and she found herself thinking about how nice loo...more
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
This book was alright.

Its about a 14 year old girl, Jennie, whose parents are going through a divorce and she becomes the victim of teacher abuse. The book is told in diary form.

I didn't really like Jennie. Her writing was very annoying and it seemed unreal. No 14 year old kid would write the way she did. It seemed babyish. Most of it was all rainbows and butterflies and unicorns. with a dab of depression and crying in between. She uses words like lovely and wonderful too often to be believable...more
Lavelle Mitchell
The main character of this book is a 14 year old girl named Jennie. At 14 Jennie has to deal with her parents fighting all the time and when they fight she feel like it's her fault. Her parents fighting leads to them seperating and her mother abuse of pills. Although Jennie has nothing to do with her parents seperation she blames herself. Her parents try to illuminate the situation and let her know it is not her fault that they are seperating but she thinks differently. With Jennie's mother abus...more
Joanna Rocano
Jun 12, 2012 Joanna Rocano is currently reading it
Treacherous Love by Beatrice Sparks is the diary of a fourteen year old girl named Jennie that happens to fall in love with her teacher Mr. Johnstone. Jennie's life begins to go through rough situations and she believes she can only rely on her diary, she believes her is diary is the only way she can express herself.Jennie has to go through many struggles first, she has to deal with her parents divorce, and to make things worst she begins to fall in love with her math substitute. Mr. Johnstone h...more
Wan Yu( Stephanie)
I think this book isn't as interest as other books I had read. But it does shows big and important themes. Family and love are the two main ideas in this book. Jennie had separated from her father since a little. But after 15 years, her father came back but got divorced with her mother. this new drove her mother crazy. therefore, her life turning upside down. At this point, she met Mr. Johnstone, he's the subtitude math teacher of Jennie. She loved him and started their treacherous love. She thi...more
Julie
Treaterous love is based on a real diary from a girl that has her many obstacles and problems. At first, she falls in love with her teacher. She is all happy and all and feels as though she found the most important and best man on earth. They share problems and tells each other many things. But as time passes, weird things start to happen. The way the teacher treats her is different and the things they talk about. It seems as though he no longer wants her. From a whole different world in her dia...more
Rhea
Jennie, yang dalam keadaan kalut, mendapat perhatian yang besar dari JJ seakan membuat dirinya sangat-sangat tersanjung dan dia menjadi menghormati JJ.

Membaca buku ini, seakan emosiku ikut meledak. Betapa lihainya JJ dalam merayu korbannya. Seorang guru yang lemah lembut, baik hati, perhatian dan pengertian. Siapa yang tidak akan suka terhadap guru berkarakter seperti itu.

Ini sebuah buku harian Jennie, berumur 14 tahun, yang hanya menjelaskan tentang perasaannya terhadap keluarganya, sahabatnya...more
Sofia Dominguez
When I saw this book during the summer, it caught my eye when I saw it said "Soon their friendship moves far beyond the classroom," WHITH HER OWN SUB!!
In the beginning, we see how wonderful her life is. Then we see a change in her life. She blames her self for the problems happening around her. She thinks Mr.Johnstone and her are In love. They do illegal thing together.
This is a story told by a 14 year old, Jennie, and what happened to her might happen to anyone.
I can connect to something'...more
Jennifer Spires
I go back an forth on whether I feel this book deserves a 3 star or 4 star rating, so I guess it really should be a 3.5 star rating.

This is the edited diary of fourteen year old Jennie, who, after her parents' divorce and other teenage trials, becomes enamored by a substitute teacher and, eventually, engages in an intimate relationship with him. It ends with his trial and resolution between Jennie and her parents.

Because it was written by a fourteen year old, the language can be difficult to get...more
Jenna
creepy to say the least........ the main character was stupid, naive, whiny, and annoying. The actual writing style was also distracting from the story. I dont know if there was a specific reason for the capitalized letters and italicized phrases randomly thrown in the middle of sentences, but it definitely made the book less enjoyable. It is also clear that despite the claim that that this a real girl's diary, it is completely fake. Maybe the story line actually happened to a girl and maybe the...more
7706cloe
This book was pretty good.
It is about a girl called Jennie in the book and she faces many struggles as her dad leaves her and her mom-while her mom becomes addicted to pills that make her feel nothing. Jennie meets a teacher she loves... a little more than outside of the classroom.
I liked this book because it was complicated in a good way and made me feel like i was Jennie. I didnt love this book because i had some higher expectations since it was "by" the same editor of Go Ask Alice (one of my...more
Hp Tan
It was ... surprising how much the writing reminded me of my own past diary entries. Though that made me feel like Jennie should be ten or so, not fourteen instead. The writing was obviously, not in anyway spectacular since it's supposed to be gushing entries of a fourteen-year-old, but it was definitely.. genuine and certainly spoke to me. The teacher (was his name Johnson? Can't remember, sorry) was made a pretty one-dimensional creep so it wasn't a big problem hating him. It's not really a te...more
Breezy Rex
Defenitly dissapointing. I feel bad for Jennie though.
Kristen
oh. my. gosh. I feel stupider for reading this.
Xiao Wen
I like this book, because I like the journal-liked writing, it ends every short story very fast, and it is not easy to get comfuse. I think Jennie is an anthomaniac person, because when Mr. Johnstone does something, she always thinks that those things are related to her. Also, I think that Jennie is a good writer, because for some of her journals, even though she said that is a boring day or long day or some boring things, but she still can come up with a lot of things to write about, that is on...more
Polly
Jennie the protagonist is suffering from her father’s walk out, her mother’s addiction in pills. As well as her friends chose boyfriend over her. As time goes by she falls in loved with her substitute math teacher, Mr. Johnstone. She thinks he is funny, supportive and buys her gifts. Slowly their relationship moved beyond school and Jennie records her loneliness, insecurity and confusion about Mr. Johnstone in her diary. Jennie’s relationship between Mr. Johnstone is can treacherous love because...more
Yingping
I thought this book was okay. I've read a smilar book liek this last year, I forget the name, where it was about this girl who thought her boyfriend was her true love but he ended up just abusing her. This book was liek that as well. Jennie thinks her teacher is the man for her but he does things likee takes her pictures without her knowing and he also gives her alcohol. She's writes all of this in a diary. I've read a lot of booksliek this, so it wasn't really a thrill.
puty  geny
Jennie ...
Seorang anak yang kesepian, dimana orangtuanya bercerai, sehingga membuat ibunya mencari ketenangan dengan minum obat-obatan dan sahabat satu-satunya yang mengacuhkannya karena telah memiliki kekasih. Sebenarnya banyak yang menyayanginya tetapi dia tidak menyadarinya dan akhirnya terjerumus dalam pelecehan seksual, yang dilakukan oleh gurunya sendiri. Buku ini bagus untuk pengetahuan, agar generasi muda tetap waspada terhadap pelecehan seksual. ^__^
Alexis
This book is so messed up, but is so good. I couldn't put the book down and read it in one day. It was disgusting, but interesting. The only issue that I had with the book was that Jennie was too moralistic. She would say something about herself and then say how horrible that is and how she should say good stuff about herself. I don't mind that I think like that too, but she would do it every entry. But a very good book overall.
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Beatrice Sparks was an American therapist and Mormon youth counselor who was known for producing books purporting to be the 'real diaries' of troubled teenagers. The books deal with topical issues such as drug abuse, Satanism, teenage pregnancy or AIDS, and are presented as cautionary tales. Although Sparks always presented herself as merely the discoverer and editor of the diaries, records at the...more
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