Saturday, June 28, 2014

Review: Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose edited by Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil

Fans of Go Ask Alice will devour Dear Nobody, a real teen's diary, so raw and so edgy that it's authenticity rings off every page.

They say that high school is supposed to be the best time of your life. But what if that's just not true?

More than anything, Mary Rose wants to fit in. To be loved. And she'll do whatever it takes to make that happen. Even if it costs her her life.

Told through the raw and unflinching diary entries of a real teen, Mary Rose struggles with addiction, bullying, and a deadly secret. Her compelling story will inspire readers—and remind them that they are not alone.

Received for review.

Ah, the days before social media and camera phones took over our lives and took any bit of privacy.  The journals were written in the late 90s when the writer actually had to think and act for herself.

I'm not sure that liking this would really describe how I felt about this.  It was interesting, and at times you really felt for Mary Rose.  At others you couldn't help but imagine what a good reality television show this would make with the drugs and bad behavior and her mother and her mother's abusive boyfriend.  The whole white trash thing was just too much at times.

What saved this from reality television crap was Mary Rose's heart, intelligence, and creativity.  It's such a shame that she was born into such a horrible family.  She could have been a completely different person if she hadn't been subjected to them and made some very, very poor choices on her own.

Overall, this was alternately frustrating, sad, and amusing.  It's a thought provoking read and I definitely recommend it.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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