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The Diary of Pelly D (City Five #1)

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Toni V is a teenager working for the City Five demolition crew. While drilling through concrete he unearths a battered water can containing a parcel wrapped in faded brown paper. Though he's supposed to turn over anything he salvages, Toni V smuggles the package back to his room, unwraps it, and finds a notebook.

This is the diary of Pelly D. It's totally secret, so if you'
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Greenwillow Books (first published February 17th 2005)
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There's an old adage/cliche: "Don't judge a book by it's cover."

I think that is quite fitting for The Diary of Pelly D by LJ Adlington. First it came highly recommended by a patron, who insisted I move it to the top of my reading list. So I listened to her. And after the first few pages I was surprised that this was the book she was telling me I had to read. Pelly D is a shallow character, obsessed with money, boys, and popularity. Hmmm . . . maybe I judged this girl wrong and have been recommen
Feb 12, 2012 Cristina rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Text Summary
It is after the war and Toni V, a teenager working for City 5’s demolition crew, begins his drilling on the planet Home from Home. On this day of drilling, Toni V comes across a notebook hidden inside an old water can. The notebook turns out to be the diary of a teenager, Pelly D, who was living the privileged life before the war. However, when the war begins, a rivalry between the three “gene families” (the Atsumisi, the Galrezi, and the Mazzini) erupts, and everyone is forced to be
Marie Miura
Jul 13, 2015 Marie Miura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

Die Story mal kurz in ein paar simplen Sätzen:
Wir haben unsere Erde zugrunde gerichtet - vllt war auch die Natur/Sonne/etc; ist nicht ganz klar - und die Menschheit siedelt einen neuen Planeten an, mit dem wohlklingenden Namen "Home for Home". Allerdings nicht viele Menschen wie es scheint, weil die Bevölkerung in Reagenzgläsern gezüchtet wird. Verteilt auf 5 Cities, die Einfachheitshalber von 1 bis 5 durchnummeriert sind. Bei dieser Menschenzucht gibt es ein Gen, welches einige Mensc
Alex Wells
Sep 21, 2011 Alex Wells rated it it was amazing
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Mar 17, 2012 Riley rated it really liked it
Shelves: humanities-8-q3
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Jennifer W
Oct 09, 2012 Jennifer W rated it really liked it
In some ways, I shouldn't have liked this book. The biggest being that there are crazy amounts of holes in the story that normally I wouldn't tolerate. I don't like books that make me infer what really happened, but in this case, the way the story was told, it makes sense that I don't know everything. The story goes back and forth between the thoughts of Toni V and him reading the diary of Pelly D. Because of this format, the holes should be there. Allow me to explain: Pelly D was not among thos ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Cherry Heaven is the sequel. Gene-stamping, future, gills, racism. Etc. Can humans ever really escape from racism? Even if racism based on skin color or religion were erased, we'd find some other reason to hate people on sight. In this book, in the future, people are gene-stamped. They have a permanent stamp on their hand. This determines how they are treated, where they get to live, etc. As an interesting twist, it's not related to your parents (which makes no sense to me because it's supposed ...more
Ross Staadecker
Jan 14, 2009 Ross Staadecker rated it it was ok
I must give credit for the extremely futuristic and creative justice the author, Adlington, gave to this book. It was ingenious. However, the novel itself lacked the ability to keep my attention. I drudged through the last couple of chapters and ended stopping on page 98 of the 282. I must admit to being curious about the ending, however, I've much too much on my plate and cannot tolerate another novel that may leave me wondering why I wasted my time reading it. Therefore, if this cannot keep my ...more
J.L. Dobias
Sep 28, 2015 J.L. Dobias rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Social Science Fiction Fans of all ages
Shelves: book-shelf-08
The Diary of Pelly D by L.J. Adlington

I was doing my semi annual purchase of paper books from Amazon, so usually I have a full list of possibilities in my wish list. This time I was a bit scarce to making my numbers and knowing that at least three of the novels I was ordering were going to be epic fiction I thought I'd check a few that looked a bit light and that's how The Diary of Pelly D managed to get on my list. That and the excellent bargain Amazon let me have it for. I was a bit concerned
Miriam Hernandez
Jun 18, 2014 Miriam Hernandez rated it it was ok
This book had a promising plot but it just fell too short.
So, there is a construction worker named Toni V who finds a diary while drilling. And the whole book is about him reading this diary that belonged to an owner named Pelly D. In the diary, Pelly D talked about how popular she is, how rich she is and how boys want her. But fear not, she also mentioned a bit of background. Now, I want you guys to know that what I’m about to tell you could had been misinterpreted from the book (at times, it
Michelle Kelley
Feb 11, 2016 Michelle Kelley rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, dystopian, sci-fi
When Tony V discovers the buried diary of Pelly D, we enter Pelly D’s world which is at once familiar (teen girls obsessed with shopping, boys, and popularity), but strange details (why does everyone go by their last initial and why ARE they always swimming?) hint at a very different reality. The novel is fun to read as you quickly begin to pick up the clues and put together the truth behind Pelly D’s world. Then things take a dark turn as history repeats itself in a way humanity promised it nev ...more
Jan 02, 2016 Jasbr rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopie
Da ich momentan im Dystopie-Fieber bin, schnappte ich mir dieses Buch. Erst später merkte ich, dass diese Dystopie schon relativ "alt" ist, immerhin schon 10 Jahre. Aber egal, los gings.
Am Anfang war ich ziemlich irritiert, denn dieses Buch lässt so ziemlich alles vermissen, was man aus Äquivalenten wie Tribute oder ähnliches kennt: Keine halb-tragische Liebesgeschichte, kein personifizierter, böser Unterdrücker. Auch die Erzählweise des Buches ist etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig:
Toni V., selbst noch
Krista Stevens
This is the third of three futuristic books I've read this week ("The 5th Wave" and "Rush") and although this is the only one that does not take place on Earth, it is the most realistic one in that a small group of teenagers is not going to save the day here.

Toni V. is a teenager who stumbles upon a diary written by Pelly D. She is rich, sheltered, snobby, self-obsessed, whiny and, in spite of all that, likeable (she's a very real teenager) - that's good writing. Her life is the polar extreme o
Courtney Johnson
Jan 21, 2016 Courtney Johnson rated it it was ok
This was a pretty fast read; I read it in one day. It was a little tricky getting into because of the abbreviations used (cd/shd), the fact that it is not on Earth, and that people have gills. I kind of wanted to know more about the genes thing and how they came to be on this planet. Pelly talks a few times about her parents bringing her home from the lab, so I was intrigued by that. The story basically tells the slow obliteration of all G gene members. I did want to know what color/gene Toni ha ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Dramapuppy rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-recs
I read this book when I was younger and I remember loving it. Recently, I found out there was a companion novel. Having always wanted more books in this world, I was immediately interested. I decided to reread this book first, to see if it held up to what I remembered.

Yes. Yes, it did.

This is how you write a fake apocalypse diary. (I'm looking at you, The Carbon Diaries 2015.) The language sounds enough like a teenager to set the tone, but not enough to be distracting or annoying. The character
Edna Honig
Mar 30, 2016 Edna Honig rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I wanted to love this book so much! the premise sounded fascinating. A diary hidden in the rubble, with the clue "dig everywhere" on the cover.

I liked Pelly D, the character in the diary. She starts off as a spoiled, self-centered rich kid, and gradually becomes somebody you could root for. The other main character, Tony V, the guy who digs up her diary, was also interesting. A teenager who has never questioned his life, authority, or his role as a demolition man. Finding the diary changes all o
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Haley Mathiot
Jul 20, 2009 Haley Mathiot rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-bookshelf
I found this book while browsing at my local library. i tried reading it once, and it seemed so trivial and unimportant. i returned it and forgot about it.

a year later, i saw it again and thought "what every happened to Pelly D after she got kicked out of her holo-pool and lost her street-side friend?" so i borrowed it again and read it through in a few hours.

i got a lot more out of it the second time, i'll say that much right away.

this book has a lot of hidden messages in it, and it's not somet
Aug 03, 2011 Rose rated it did not like it
I think the problem with this book was that all the parts in it felt as if they were only half way finished. it felt like reading a draft with a few good ideas, but without the rest of what a book needs. The lead character petty much stays a nobody all the way through, and you don't really feel like you get under the skin of Pelly D either. that might have been okay, if the focus, as it tends to be in the science fiction genre, was on the futuristic universe of the novel. But that wasn't the cas ...more
Isabelle Sanchez
Sep 07, 2009 Isabelle Sanchez rated it it was amazing
This book is a book that has to do in two different worlds and with different characters. In the first chapter Pelly D would be writing in her diary. While in the next chapter you would be reading what a boy thinks about the diary entries. At first when I read this book, I was confused and bored at the same time because it just talked about this young boy working and swimming in the pool. But then when i realized that there were two places I was surprised.

This book is about a girl called Pelly D
Jan 03, 2012 Madeline rated it liked it
As L.J. Adlington's author biography states, her first novel, The Diary of Pelly D, is based on her long time interest in war diaries. The novel is told from the point of view of Tony V, a teenager working on the Citry Five demolition screw. During his work, he discovers the pure fluff of the diary of Pelly D, buried in the old city plaza. The people have already left Earth, and have moved on to a different planet. Technology has increased in remarkable ways, and we have fabricated gills. Pelly ...more
Brandi Rae
Toni V knows that he should turn it over, that’s what the Rules and Regulations state. He doesn’t even want to think about the trouble he could get in for taking something from the Demo Site. But his curiosity gets the better of him, and he smuggles it back to his room in the block and hiding it under his pillow where no one else can see it. Reading snippets when no one else is looking.

The Diary of Pelly D.

At first, Toni V thinks Pelly D seems a bit shallow and petty (but, he decides, most likel
Apr 07, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
i read this book a while ago as an assigned read in english and because i've always loved reading, i - unlike everyone else in the class - actually read it... and despite my first thoughts i really liked it.

this is an interesting take on the future and how no matter what, as a whole, our values stay the same and we cannot eradicate racism or war, it'll always be there as society takes over and sets about a hierarchy. in this book it consists of: the Atsumisi (at the top), then the Mazzini, and a
Sep 23, 2011 Martina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, sogar für ein postapokalyptisches YA-Buch war das hier emotional starker Tobak.

Ich musste ja früher zwei Schicksalsbücher über den Holocaust lesen, "Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank" und "Damals war es Friedrich" - und genau diesen Stoff greift das Buch auf.

Jedem Deutschlehrer würde ich dieses Buch für die Leseliste empfehlen, denn es ist ansprechend und gut zu diskutieren, finde ich.

Was etwas mühsam war, war der Schreibstil ("&", dieses Zeichen hat einfach meinen Lesefluss gestört) und dass
Apr 08, 2011 Chalse rated it it was amazing
03/28 "This book is alright so far, but very confusing and I feel out of the loop. They dont tell me about the genetics or the city or the politics that she keeps ranting about so the book is extremely hard to follow, which would only change if Tony would elaborate. But, so far, so alright..."

04/02 "My Computer crashed and I was not able to dcument that I finished this book. argh. But anyways, with my awed tech savvy, I was able to save most of my files and fix it. But anyways, this book was gre
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Kristi Smith
Jul 16, 2012 Kristi Smith rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
Young adult literature - an excellent book for a discussion on the Holocaust. The novel is framed by the diary of Pelly D, interspersed with the life and reflections of Tony V, the young man who finds it.

From Amazon: A young driller breaking up rubble in war-devastated City Five unearths an old water can with a diary inside and then breaks Rules and Regulations by keeping it, rather than surrendering it to the authorities. So begins Toni V's relationship with the diarist, Pelly D, a teen who, be
Jan 21, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teenagers who want to try sci-fi for the first time.
Recommended to Lauren by: School Library
This story and it's sequel, Cherry Heaven, was the first true sci-fi I ever read, and was pretty powerful in the sense that it was character driven, not driven by the ideas of the author of what the future would be like.
The clearest analogy of what this book is is The Diary of Anne Frank, post humanity leaving Earth.
It is however clearly a YA novel; the use of invisible genetic differences becoming the basis for discrimination could feel a bit on the nose for older readers. Even so the futuris
Jul 06, 2008 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Shelves: teen, sci-fi
Wow! What a good book! It sat on my shelf for awhile, but once I picked it up I could hardly put it down!!! Matter of fact, after I finished it, I picked up the sequel and am having problems pulling myself away from it!

On the surface, this book is a sci-fi story that has been told over and over. People emigrate from earth to start a new community where war is a non-issue and peace thrives. There will be minimal pollution, the people will be carefully adapted to the land, and everyone will be tre
Nov 05, 2010 Brigid rated it liked it
Recommends it for: High schoolers and up
Recommended to Brigid by: VB Reads
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I write YA fiction, including The Diary of Pelly D, Burning Mountain and Night Witches. My new novel The Red Ribbon is just finished & snapped up by HotKey Books - look out for it in autumn 2017
I also write about costume history - Great War Fashion, and Stitches in Time are two of my titles
AND I give presentations on costume history - such a fabulous job.
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