The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner

Fangirl, I don’t think I’ve read a book as intense as this in a very long time. It’s terrifying and beautiful, incredibly powerful, and something I never imagined myself reading.

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I don’t want to go too deep into this book, because I think it’s well worth the read for all of you Fangirls out there. It follows Minnie for just over a year of her life. Readers watch as her life gets more and more crazy; starting with an affair with her mother’s boyfriend, and spiraling into drug and alcohol abuse. All by the age of 16. It’s a lot to take in. I read it in 3 days, and it was almost overwhelming, as Minnie goes through so many things that women that young shouldn’t have to go through, but many do.

This book does have some incredibly strong triggers, though. There is rape, drug abuse, physical abuse, and eating triggers. Reading it made me both sad and happy; you read how Minnie grows and matures, and how she deals with things.

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I know books are easier to read when you can relate to the main character, and I think that has something to do with why I love Minnie so much. Minnie is someone that I very easily could have become in high school, and reading this reminded me that though it is good that I didn’t take her paths, she survived.

I think this is a great read, but not for everyone. It’s powerful and scary, and I suggest it for readers 18 and up. Not just because of the nudity (there are a lot of illustrations and comics, courtesy of Minnie), but because almost all of the material could come off as a warning for readers under 18, but I know if I had read it when I was going things similar to Minnie, I would have read it as a “she did it, I can too,” because I thought I was such a bad ass little rebel.

This book is amazing, and one that I highly recommend it. It is a lot to handle. I recommend reading it and taking time to think about it, every time you read it, it’ll make it easier to enjoy that way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Emily Althea

Emily is a 20-something Fangirl in love with too many fandoms. You can find her on Twitter (@DoTheFangirl) and Instagram (@emilyfangirls).
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