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The Diary of Pelly D (City Five #1)

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This is the diary of Pelly D. It,s totally secret, so if you are reading it I hate you already.

The notebook is wrapped in faded brown paper, sealed in a battered water can. Toni V, who works on the City Five demolition crew, unearths it as he's drilling through concrete. He shouldn't smuggle it back to his room, and he definitely shouldn't read it. But he does. At first, T
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 5th 2008 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
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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
Bob Rust
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Diary of Pelly D (2005) a young boy from City Five finds the buried diaries of Pelly D, which make up the body of the text and explain how the sanitized Dystopian world of the novel's present has come into being through ethnic cleansing and other intolerable governmental initiatives.
Maria von Riva | buchworte

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
Jennifer W
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alex Wells
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Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humanities-8-q3
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Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Audrey Deel
Aug 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Usually I make myself read at least 25% of a book before deciding that I’m going to abandon it. I couldn’t even make it that far with this one. Toni V is a fourteen year old who works for City 5’s demolition crew. Due to a lack of world building, many of the details about City 5 are confusing and unclear. While working Toni V discovers a notebook hidden inside a water jug. Despite rules forbidding the act, he reads the diary. Pelly D, the author of the diary, is a spoiled and privileged girl. He ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is interesting and keeps you engaged for most of the book. There is PG rated profanity and discussions about making out. I'm planning on reading the sequel.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J.L. Dobias
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Edna Honig
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
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Isabelle Sanchez
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
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
Haley Mathiot
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sarah Sammis
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: booksandmovies
In my last month of working for the Census when I needed something different to read. Megan at Posey Sessions suggested The Diary of Pelly D by L. J. Adlington. I'm glad she did.

This dystopian homage to The Diary of Anne Frank opens with Toni V. finding a diary while he's digging at a construction site. He's supposed to turn in anything he finds but decides to keep the diary. Every night after work when he's back at the flop house style dormitory, he reads from Pelly D's diary.

Pelly and Toni's s
I tried to read this book a few years ago, but couldn't seem to get past the first couple of pages. Once again, this was a difficult book for me to get into. It took me at least a day and a half to read the first thiry pages or so. After I was into it, it became an easier read because I was curious to see what happened to Pelly D. and Toni V. Adlington created a new world for her readers, but failed to establish it. She threw out some hints here and there for the reader to pick up, but it was st ...more
Akiko Ashley
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Diary of Pelly D is an interesting read. I found this in a library, read the first chapter, and I was hooked. I loved the world the author painted of a dystopian future that could exist if mankind followed this path. Toni V finds a diary while doing demolition in a futuristic city, where he is supposed to report any personal items he finds. He hides the package to take it home. He decides it is harmless to take a peek inside since this person must not be around anymore. It belongs to a teena ...more
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristi Smith
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 22, 2011 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
Nov 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High schoolers and up
Recommended to Brigid by: VB Reads
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