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The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  7,056 ratings  ·  643 reviews
Laura Palmer was introduced to television audiences in the opening scenes of "Twin Peaks"--as a beautiful dead girl, wrapped in plastic. Now available in print for the first time in many years (and in e-book for the very first time!), THE SECRET DIARY OF LAURA PALMER chronicles Laura's life from age 12 to her death at 17, and is filled with secrets, character references, a ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Pocket (first published 1990)
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Mar 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: teevee


Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

Read a book that was turned into a TV show (or really, based on a TV show in this case. Tomato Tomahto.)


So I went to work today after the crappiest, crappiest day yesterday and one of the waitresses runs up to me with this book and this book and told me she got drunk a few weeks ago and drunkenly ordered them for me because she knew I wanted them so bad. There are still good people on this planet! And it totally made my night. I cried. Seriously. This gift made me cry. At work. People actually mistook me for
Mar 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to A.K. by: The owels
Obviously not for Twin Peaks non-fans. Ms. Lynch isn't the most lucid writer--no shit, she's a Lynch--but WHOOOO CARES. The teenie bop pathos, weirdo sex and hints of a complicated spirituality are a bit trashy and all magic. And while the mystery of woman-child Laura Palmer was a focal point of the show, having Laura speak on Laura was satisfying. I loved loved loved that Lynch gave us Laura's realization that the people in her life project their shit onto her, and that she both gets off on this fac ...more
Gitte - Bookworm's Closet
My life is whatever the other person in the room wants it to be.
- Laura Palmer

I would recommend this book to: Fans of Twin Peaks and / or people interested in troubled teenage girls, the subconscious and horror.
The Beginning: Dear Diary, My name is Laura Palmer, and as of just three short minutes ago, I officially turned twelve years old!

I finished the Twin Peaks series a few weeks ago and loved every single episode.horror.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
So, my friend Rusty insisted that I read this after I watched Twin Peaks and admitted to him my temporary obsession with it. Rusty's the biggest Twin Peaks fan I know, so I thought he'd surely have a suggestion for a book (or series) I could love as much as Twin Peaks. I had no idea that this book existed, so I immediately downloaded it to my Kindle on his suggestion and put off watching the prequel movie to the series because he swore that I had to read this first.

I'd been trying to
Ben Loory
May 04, 2011 rated it liked it
been meaning to read this for about twenty years, and found it sitting by the register at my favorite used bookstore for 2 bucks the other day... seemed like a sign... it's actually a pretty good read, totally convincing as a young girl's diary, pretty disturbing at times, with a lot of really memorable scenes, and definitely took me right back to twin peaks and all the time i spent watching and thinking about the show. as it went on, however, it seemed to unravel a bit... got to a point where i ...more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Not recommended for the under-10 crowd. Ahem, mother? Yes, I watched Twin Peaks as a child. I also bought the book and had the t-shirt. And I'm pretty sure I was the only fifth-grader wearing a "You are a stranger here but once" shirt displaying the infamous "Welcome to Twin Peaks, population 51,201" sign. Was Lynch avant-garde in those lonely, pre-teen years? I would say so. (It's funny that not even any of the teachers confronted me about it, either. But that probably says more about our pool ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Stephanie Graves
What a fascinating, surreal, disturbing book. It's a tie in for Twin Peaks, obviously, so probably wouldn't mean much to a non-fan, but as a fan I have to say this book is really engrossing. It's Laura from Laura's POV, which you never get in the show since she is found dead "wrapped in plastic" in the first episode.

If anything, it makes everything going on with Laura even more insidious, more terrifying, especially when you know who BOB is while you are reading it. Truly haunting.
Sep 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: tv
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Laura Palmer's diary has been transcribed for your reading pleasure!

That is, it if you get pleasure from her sexual deviance, trauma, nightmares, coke binges, cruelty...

As a huge Twin Peaks fan, I thought this "diary" was authentic to Laura Palmer. It's more similar to Fire Walk With Me (the Twin Peaks film) than the series, as it traces Laura's life from her 12th birthday to a few days before her death. Interestingly, the diary was first published in 1990, right between
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
My uncle gave me this for Xmas when I was like 11 years old. Thank god he didn't read the first ten pages.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: entertainment
The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer is set in and based on characters and events appearing in the fictional town of Twin Peaks in the eponymous television show that ran on ABC for two seasons (1990-91). Where the television show mixed together generic conventions of soap opera, police and crime drama, as well as comedy and horror, The Secret Diary is primarily a work of horror (in this respect, the book much more closely resembles the 1992 prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me than it does the quirky telev ...more
Linda B
May 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for the first time when I was in grade 8. It was passed around secretly. I guess older sisters or moms wouldn't have like to see us read this book? Now I own a copy and read it in my 20s. I kinda see why it was a secret...
Apr 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Don't Ask Alice and/or The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Recommended to Nathan by: myself.
the secret diary of laura palmer, written by jennifer lynch (david lynch's daughter), follows the life of a young girl from the ages of 12 until 17 as she experiments with sex, drugs, and giving into our most base -- and sometimes worst -- impulses. laura transforms from a curious seeker of truths who loves cats and bakes cookies with her mom to a cocaine-using pet-killer who has sex with strangers. laura's relationships with her family and friends either disintegrate or get transformed into sur ...more
Victoria Watson
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ was a cult phenomenon in the 90s. It centred around the murder of all-American girl Laura Palmer and Agent Cooper’s search for her killer. As Cooper delved further into Twin Peaks, things just got weirder and weirder.

This, a tie-in written by Lynch’s daughter Jennifer, was re-released at the end of 2011. It is Jennifer Lynch’s imagining of what preceded Laura’s murder, detailing a back story that fans of the show would be interested in. It begins with Laura’s 12
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: media-tie-in
Confession time..
I was (and am) a Twin Peaks junkie.

When the show was on the air, I bought anything I could find associated with it; the "Access Guide", the Cooper tapes, you name it. And the complete series, of course (first on VHS(!!), then on DVD and now on Blu-Ray.)

And (though I suspect I'm in the minority), I think "Fire Walk With Me" actually added a substantial amount to the mythos of Twin Peaks.

And so we come to "The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer." And this
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I never watched the show. This book was fascinating - dark, twisted, extremely sexually graphic, drug filled, and the ending leaves you wondering what happened. I read this several times growing up and always found it interesting and well-written. You had to love the troubled and flawed protagonist, and it was clever how the book was written in a full diary style, the writing changing based on what was going on at the time.
Aug 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Laura is a teenager with a double life; she's a nice, clean and popular girl and at the same time a drug addict engaged in dangerous sexual games.. And she has a terrible secret into the bargain...

This book is a fable about the fears, obsessions and dreams of teenagers displayed in a distorted, nightmarish story. Not a masterpiece but certainly an interesting part of the Twin Peaks world.
Dec 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
I first read this when I was ten, for the sex bits, and then my mom took it away from me. I got my copy as a break-up score when I was seventeen (take that, Zach!). The best part is thinking about what might be on the ripped out pages.
Missy (myweereads)
“My life is whatever the other person in the room wants it to be.”

The Secret Diary Of Laura Palmer by Jennifer Lynch is an intimate look into the troubled life lead by Laura before her death. It takes place during the years of 12 to 17 years old, full of secrets, drugs, supernatural, sex, occult, confessions and clues to who the murderer could have been.

There is a short introduction at the beginning by Mark Frost and David Lynch which is a great addition before beginning
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I read this book when it first came out back in the 90's and I loved it. Okay I admit, my teenage self was a little obsessed with the book, the movie and the show!!! Waiting patiently each week for a new episode, to get more clues on who was BOB and who had killed Laura Palmer! Im a "little" bit older now and though the book was still a good read, it didn't hold the same excitement and interest as it did when I was 16! But id still recommend it to anyone who was a fan of the show!
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: twin-peaks
This is a lurid nightmare.

It's impossible to recommend this book to people who haven't bathed in the waters of Twin Peaks, and difficult to recommend it to those who watch the show only for the sweetness of the pie and not the bitterness of the coffee.

The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, written by David Lynch's daughter Jennifer (the post-series diary of Dale Cooper was written by Mark Frost's brother Scott; the whole saga is a family affair), is a vivid piece that covers the evolution of La/>The
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Following my obsession for Twin Peaks at the start of this year, I had to read The Secret Diary written by no other but the Master's daughter. The book serves the same purpose as the spin-off film Fire Walk With Me, that is giving you more background information on Laura Palmer herself. You'd have to wonder how Jennifer Lynch, 22 at the time, managed to impersonate Laura Palmer so well. I can't help wondering if Laura's miseries were a recurring dinner table topic in the Lynch's family. How weir ...more
I'm being a little generous here, because ultimately, this isn't a great book. It's Go Ask Alice using an established property rather than a fake anonymous author. The writing is intentionally weak, because it's supposed to be the diary of a girl between the ages of 12 and 17, but the structure and story development still leaves a lot to be desired. It relies a lot on name recognition and throwaway references to the plot of Twin Peaks, rather than trying to delve deeper into the backstory of the characters ...more
Jordan West
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Haven't read this in ages, but gets 3 stars as a reminder of my first discovery of David Lynch and his television masterpiece circa 7th grade; the thrill of watching it for the first time, on video cassettes checked out from the local library episode by episode, happily surrendering afternoons and weekends to the magic, menace, and sublime mystery of Twin Peaks. I would not finish both seasons until years later, but the memory of that initial viewing has the potential to imprison me in nostalgia ...more
May 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
i finished this in 3 hours on a rainy sunday. it was possibly one of the sleaziest things that i've read that i didn't expect to be sleazy! also disturbing. but not terribly well written. i love twin peaks, though, and i guess it is worth it to read if poring over every piece of the laura palmer puzzle is intriguing to you.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suburbia, horror, tv
Pretty much as expected, but I do feel like I understand Laura's self-loathing and bad decision-making better now.
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