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Mortified by David Nadelberg
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Dec 22, 2008

liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2008, autobio-memoir
Recommended for: keepers of angsty journals, junior high graduates, people who need a laugh
Read in December, 2008 , read count: once

the concept behind this book is that real people allowed the editor to re-publish their youthful diary entries & other confessional writings (love letters & such forth). the result is hilariously awful. this book seriously made me laugh out loud more times than i can count. so why only a three-star rating? probably just because you can buy this book at urban outfitters, & i am reluctant to give anything with such faux-hipster cachet a terribly high rating. it's the snob in me, which was born prior to 1980. (remember last year how urban outfitters had that ad campaign that was all, "urban outfitters: 1980-2007"? like, way to make me feel ancient.) that & plus, you know, as hilarious as this book was, it's probably not the kind of thing i will re-read again & again. some of my favorite bits included: the kid who thought that mummies existed in the middle ages (along with jesters & mistrels). the exchange of letters between a kid at camp & his parents (he hated camp & relentlessly begged to be taken home, & even threatened to kill himself, which fell of deaf ears). really, there was a lot of great stuff in here--lots of angst that will be familiar to any & all who attended junior high, lots of yearning after crushes who don't know the writers are alive, lots of horrifying pop culture references (like the journal that was all about the author thinking she was going to tour with NKOTB & that joey mcintyre was going to fall in love with her on the spot, or the rudimentary duran duran fan fiction).

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Miriam The kids shopping at Urban Outfitters are supposed to be hipsters? I had no idea!

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