Within only several months of its release, this highly acclaimed title reached thousands of readers who sparked enthusiastic discussions on MySpace Books, was co...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
arfin is obsessed with cool vs. lame which makes me think she is perpetually thirte...more
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,...more
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.
What I like...more
When I first picked up Dear Diary from a stack of vacation reading, I thought it was going to be a funny read. The idea/gimmick is that the author goes through the diary she kept through her teen years, comments on the entries, and tries to track down the people she knew at the time to get their perspective on things.
Once I got a better look at the book, I realized that it was not just for laughs or nostalgia: the author descended into heroin addiction during her teen years, and she uses the dia...more
Mostly, it was confusing. She names multitudes of people she's come in contact with over the span of fifteen years, but all the names s...more
if you are in your punk phase: you will probably find it very close to your own experience, which may either excite you or disappoint you, depending on what emotional price you put on considering yourself unique in the world
if you are post-punk: you will like it because it reminds you of people that you know or were,...more
I was a total nerd as a kid and never messed around w/ drugs, drinking or sex, but I could relate to the mean girls syndrome in jr. high, the wanting wanting wanting a bf more than anything, the self-deprecation and...more
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.