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The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  4,847 Ratings  ·  465 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 January 1st 1990)
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karen
Mar 31, 2008 karen rated it liked it
Shelves: teevee


ONLY TWO MORE HOURS, GUYS!!

TWELVE HOURS UNTIL NEW TWIN PEAKSES!!!
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.)

PRE REVIEW

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
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A.K.
Mar 31, 2008 A.K. 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 thi ...more
Mike Lester
Apr 11, 2012 Mike Lester rated it really liked it
Such a dangerous thing diaries are. They sit in dresser drawers like a loaded weapon, a mine waiting to explode at the slightest touch. Some of my most horrible moments have been connected to diaries, things written and read, and because of this, I will never keep one. Jennifer Lynch has perfectly captured the spirit of Laura Palmer in these pages. The entries range from teenage innocence at one moment, to the jaded, worldly girl/woman Laura was. A fun read that actually enhances the Twin Peaks ...more
Gitte
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. Imagine how intrigued I was to learn that there was a Laura Palmer diary wri
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Dora Santos Marques
May 06, 2016 Dora Santos Marques rated it it was amazing
A minha opinião em vídeo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFAO7...

Foi a série que mais me marcou e a melhor de sempre, na minha opinião.
Não vale a pena ler este livro, sem ter visto a série "Twin Peaks" pois não vão entender nada.
Este livro são os 7 dias antes do assassinato da Laura Palmer.
Amy
Mar 13, 2013 Amy 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 figure out
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Mel
Dec 11, 2012 Mel rated it it was amazing
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Ben Loory
May 04, 2011 Ben Loory 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
Brianne
Nov 29, 2011 Brianne 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
Rachel
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 the show's two seasons.
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Sammy
Sep 21, 2010 Sammy rated it liked it
Shelves: twin-peaks
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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.
Karen
Feb 05, 2011 Karen 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...
Melissa
Dec 08, 2007 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ladies-writin
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.
Carla
Nov 23, 2016 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: minha-estante
Zach
May 27, 2010 Zach 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.
Bárbara Moura
Dec 04, 2016 Bárbara Moura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
4,5*

Opinião originalmente publicada aqui.

Ao começar a folhear o livro, antes mesmo dos prefácio de Mark Frost e David Lynch, deparamo-nos com uma reprodução em tons de cinzento da fotografia do baile de finalistas de Laura Palmer. Atrevo-me a dizer que esta tem mais impacto sobre qualquer Peakie que o rosto sem vida de Laura na capa do livro. O sorriso doce da jovem de 17 anos camufla toda a dor e toda a escuridão que Jennifer Lynch reproduz nas páginas deste livro.

Devo começar por dizer que ach
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Nathan
Apr 12, 2008 Nathan 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
Shadowdenizen
Jul 29, 2016 Shadowdenizen 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 book freaked me the f**k out w
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Rozonda
Aug 08, 2008 Rozonda 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.
Jessica
Jun 06, 2017 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, suburbia, tv
Pretty much as expected, but I do feel like I understand Laura's self-loathing and bad decision-making better now.
Alex
Mar 16, 2017 Alex 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 Laura fr
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Victoria Watson
Mar 29, 2012 Victoria Watson 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 12th birt
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Moira
Sep 17, 2012 Moira 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
Carrie
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 ...more
Linda B
May 17, 2010 Linda B rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Maria
Feb 15, 2008 Maria added it
Shelves: 1990s
La primera mitad del libro me encantó, con una Laura adolescente precoz -y sus sueños premonitorios y visiones en los bosques-. Después se va haciendo cada más difícil de entender si no se ha visto la serie de televisión y es una pena, porque tiene bastantes cosas interesantes como para sostenerse por sí solo.
Marginalidades:
-Este no es el primer libro basado en una serie de televisión que leo. (Ajá).
-Mi ejemplar huele a libro viejo mezclado con perfume y harina. Sólo por esto debería pedirme el
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