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The lesbian Minnie meets sells Minnie to some gangrapists for drugs. Even though women aren't doing the actual raping in the book, they are just as big of creeps as the men in this world. You can only look out for yourself. There's no one who is going to help you or protect you or shield you. She does feel safe with her gay male friends.
And her gay friend does offer her shelter when she's on the street. Chuck also is a man she's 'safe' with, although that only stretches to 'safe from him raping her' not 'he will protect her. He never rapes Gretel in the book, but I'd be interested to see how Minnie would react to that. Unfortunately, I don't think she'd be outraged or disgusted or protective.
Instead, I think she'd see it as 'natural' that Monroe would 'want some younger pussy' and probably think the 13yo is capable of making her own decisions. Gloeckner has an amazing voice and you are exactly in a teenager's head.
A smart, creative, fierce teenager's head. It's amazing writing. And since it's all based on Gloeckner's old diaries you can read that it's pretty much word-for-word because she includes excerpts from her real diaries in the back , Gloeckner must be a pretty amazing person - smart and wildly creative.
I feel so bad about what happened to her, though. And I know she doesn't want me to. She doesn't feel any pity for herself or any sadness about what happened to her as a young girl.
But I can't help but weep when I think about everything that happened to her. I mean, it's fucking sick. It's about as sick as you can get without including sex with animals, sex with dead bodies, or sex with little girls who haven't hit puberty yet. I mean, we run through everything here: And this all takes place within a year's time to a year-old. Tl;dr - Amazing writing. You are truly in the head of a smart and creative teenager who makes sometimes startlingly beautiful observations about the world.
On the other hand, this book made me so sick to my stomach I couldn't keep anything down.
And I called and canceled the date I had tonight with what could be a perfectly good guy. I just can't stomach looking at or thinking about a man right now, much less allow one to touch me and take me out. Might cause you to hate all men.
Might cause you to avoid men. Might cause you to distrust men. The book is vomit-inducing. Constant vomiting, nonstop, no lulls. View all 83 comments. Jan 08, Joe rated it it was amazing. This is so different from your average growing-up story, so startling, so true - and also so painful to watch bad choices on top of bad choices driven by the need to be loved - that I'm giving it five stars even though I couldn't read every word of it.
It was like watching a slow motion train wreck; sometimes I had to turn my head. The graphics are simply amazing in their skill and their honesty.
It takes place in San Francisco in the 's and it's dead-on - I was there. I feel like I've spent This is so different from your average growing-up story, so startling, so true - and also so painful to watch bad choices on top of bad choices driven by the need to be loved - that I'm giving it five stars even though I couldn't read every word of it.
I feel like I've spent a week visiting a dysfunctional family who I love, but I'm glad that the visit is over.
A remarkable book. Highly disturbing, shocking, and unapologetic. The climax to an adolescent literature class I took, this graphic novel made me sick to my stomach at times for its honesty, and while it is nowhere near the story of my adolescence, it is the story of many girls'.
Our professor left us with the question, "Would you let your child read this book? Jun 09, Laureen rated it did not like it. The foreword of this book noted that the author was asked if this was her story, since excerpts came from her diary.
Her answer was, "It's about all girls. It's not my story. It's our story.
This is NOT a universal story or how most teenagers grow up. It's certainly not my story - and of no teenager I know, thank God. Maybe I'm a prude I don't think so or maybe it's my Catholic upbringing, but I don't know a single teenager that ever talked or acted like Minnie. I was exp The foreword of this book noted that the author was asked if this was her story, since excerpts came from her diary.
I was expecting this book to be the typical whiny, angst-y YA book, but it was the opposite of a YA book. It was disturbing, disgusting, and as a mother of a teenager, absolutely terrifying if this is being represented as a typical teenager's experience. This book is touted as the sexual exploration of a teenager - absolutely NOT! It's about abuse, but never treated as such. No teenager or woman should read this book and think anything about what she went through is ok or typical.
View 2 comments. Feb 11, Stephanie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I finally got to read this book, thanks to Beth's generous loan. I'm so glad I read this. Phoebe Gloeckner's tale of a 15 year old girl growing up in San Francisco brought back a lot of memories of my own teen years, good and bad.
I especially enjoy how the author doesn't moralize about the protagonist's situation. It's simply presented in stark terms, just as the character would have experienced life. In many ways, Minnie doesn't have the capacity to say, "Whoa!
This situation is really fucked I finally got to read this book, thanks to Beth's generous loan. This situation is really fucked up!
Whether it's smoking dope with her mom or wandering the streets at 2 a. Even her caring stepfather lets her down in the end, causing Minnie and the reader to wonder if all father figures for young girls are tormented by sexual desire. If you're a fan of writers like Lynda Barry and Francesca Lia Block, this would be a good read for you. If, on the other hand, your teen years were more akin to the "Sweet Valley High" books, give this one a pass.
Otherwise, it will blow the windmills of your mind. May 28, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is not the type of book I usually read.
A book about an angsty teenager that basically is a picture book? That's usually not something I would go for. But for some reason I did read it. And I really enjoyed it. It's one of the few graphic novels I've ever read and liked having pictures in the book more than I thought I would.
Minnie is a 15 year old growing up in San Francisco in the '70s.
I want to mention before I even talk about the substance of the story, that I grew up in San Francisco. The references to actual places in San Francisco was on point and drew back real memories myself. In learning about her own sexuality, Minnie begins having sex with her mom's boyfriend.
She racks up a number of boys and men that she sleeps with in a fairly short about of time. She experiments with drugs and alcohol.
She's risky, in a way that isn't to her advantage. Gloeckner captures perfectly the inner thoughts of a teenage girl. The struggles that Minnie goes through in regards to being taken advantage of by grown men is really sad. How she internally copes is sadder, because it doesn't seem like she realizes that grown men having sex with a 15 year old isn't good.
I recently found my diary from high school and was frankly embarrassed by what was in it, so I chucked it in the trash. I didn't go through anything that Minnie did, but the writing style and the angst was reminiscent of how I wrote and felt when I was that age.
This is not a read for the faint of heart - but it's poignant. Dec 05, flannery rated it it was amazing Shelves: Holy shit, what a book!
Not a young adult novel in the traditional sense but a really complex, densely textured coming of age novel that explores some seriously complicated dynamics between kids and adults. Also a really sympathetic look at promiscuity and the ways in which it might begin as kind of a pathology in very young girls but it is by no means any kind of life sentence.
I've always been frustrated by the ways in which girls' books are already at a disadvantage because the male gaze is t Holy shit, what a book! I've always been frustrated by the ways in which girls' books are already at a disadvantage because the male gaze is the default, the way we explore universal truths and abstractions and blah blah blah; tell the same story with a female narrator and it's all of a sudden " And if the narrator is female, and isn't pre-pubescent or sexless or otherwise "neutral," then it's suddenly loaded.
Trust me, I went to college, I know! Excellent, I loved it so much. Nov 01, Ciara rated it it was ok Recommends it for: View all 3 comments.
Feb 22, Zedsdead rated it did not like it Shelves: Quitting after pages, maybe halfway through. Just an unfun, tedious, sometimes revolting read. Minnie is an unhappy teenager well that's original growing up in 70s San Francisco. She has tons of creepy sex with her mother's boyfriend, and a rich senior from school, and a psychotic psych-ward denizen. And the rich senior's best friend, I think. I kind of lost track. She fills her diary with angsty, melodramatic ruminations on boys and sex and loneliness and more sex and sad poems and sad dra Quitting after pages, maybe halfway through.
She fills her diary with angsty, melodramatic ruminations on boys and sex and loneliness and more sex and sad poems and sad drawings and sad, sad sex. Minnie oscillates between naive obliviousness and remarkable perceptiveness regarding her loveless, tawdry life and the sleazy adults filling it.
Maybe this is meant to convey how she's bridging the awkward gap between child and woman. Or maybe it's just inconsistent writing. I suspect the latter. I dunno, maybe it's insightful if you can relate to the protagonist. But despite being a former teenage hornball myself, I merely found Diary to be by turns tiresome--when she's doing the cliched self-centered-dramatic-teen thing--and just gross--when she's being taken advantage of by older men.
I'm actually relieved to not be finishing it. Aug 15, Jill Collins rated it it was amazing Shelves: I could never enjoy Lolita and I always thought it was because I was incapable of getting beyond the emotional impact of her abuse to see the greater conceptual value of the novel, but here I find a book I voraciously consume despite it being devastating as detailed account of sexual abuse and parental neglect.
It occurred to me my problem with Lolita is not the abuse she suffers, but that her abuse seems to be used solely as a means to make her abuser an interesting character worthy of explorat I could never enjoy Lolita and I always thought it was because I was incapable of getting beyond the emotional impact of her abuse to see the greater conceptual value of the novel, but here I find a book I voraciously consume despite it being devastating as detailed account of sexual abuse and parental neglect.
It occurred to me my problem with Lolita is not the abuse she suffers, but that her abuse seems to be used solely as a means to make her abuser an interesting character worthy of exploration, Lolita is little more than a plot device.
In Minnie, we have a complex victim, lush with adolescent emotion and startling insight, and we have a portrait of her abuser, filtered through the unsettling eyes of total love and adoration. We witness the complete collapse of Minnie's relationship with her mother who is at best, jealous of her daughter's youth; and at worst, increasingly willing to drink and drug herself into denial. Never moralizing, just an all around superb book, based on the author's own childhood diary. I'll definitely be picking up this author's other work.
Nov 02, Natalie rated it liked it Shelves: This book is pretty intense. Kind of like a more artsy and less secretly-produced-by-the-catholic-church Go Ask Alice only replete with really cool illustrations and full-scale narrative lapses into comic panels.
The whole book is written as though it was the diary of a troubled, drug-addled, sexually promiscuous teenage girl, only the situation is complex - she is full of teen angst, but she is also talented, bright and sympathetic. She has a secret relationship with her mother's boyfriend Wow. She has a secret relationship with her mother's boyfriend, and the situation wreaks havoc on her identity and ideas of intimacy.
Though this is a work of fiction by young female protagonist it is pretty graphic and, at times, a little hard to take. Nevertheless, this was my first binge-read out of library school and I wasn't disappointed. View all 4 comments. Mar 18, David rated it it was amazing.
I highly recommend reading this difficult story toward the end goal of eliminating child abuse and neglect, not to mention other evils in our modern American culture. We should be supportive and involved in their lives. We should provide as safe an environment as we can, and tell our kids and adolescents we love them. We should make time to listen to them as they struggle. Indeed it can be a tough thing to grow up. Brilliantly engaged writing; I couldn't put it down. I first discovered the concept of sex via the internet and looking back and the smut I wrote in my thirteen year-old-diary, I laugh at how stupid I was.
Everything was passion and fire, sweat and kisses, loving and hard. Condoms, a true understanding of female sexual anatomy the clitoris, the labia and all those fun bits , and most importantly the knowledge of what a sexual relationship between two consenting parties meant. Teen sexuality is hard to write about because people are uncomfortable with teenagers being sexual beings.
When I was a teenager the idea of May-December romances and huge age gaps were NBD to me because, like most teens who read too many novels, I thought I had the maturity for one.
As an adult, who is in a healthy sexual relationship, I understand that my concept of maturity then is so far, far below what I thought it was.
I find myself really disgusted by these narratives that allow men to prey of younger girls in these modern teen romances. While the age of consent is arbitrary depending on where you are in the world, there is a larger issues at play…in a relationship between a underage teenager and an adult, the adult always has the power. Especially, when the adult has an authority and access over you: When Minnie begins her sexual awakening, it is the beginning of a deeper understand of herself as a sexual being and a person.
Of course it has to be little with the typical cliches of excessive teenage drug use and a hyper promiscuous nature. That is not a criticism. At least not completely. There is nothing wrong with discussing the darker and more adult aspects of being a teenager. Teenagers do drugs, have sex, and get into trouble. Why does sexual awakening have to equal such misery?
Is it because of her choice in partner? Additionally, other people being sexual tends to be talked down upon. There is also a lot of homophobia and racist ideas peppered into the language. Every black male is some huge Mandingo man who is a pimp or sexual predator. Gay men are seen as weak and Minnie makes a comment about how gay men are mostly threatening women-haters.
It is so casual and adds nothing to the text or the world building, it just tells us that Minnie is a racist and homophobic against gay men. Despite my harsh words there are good things to say about this book.
It is well written, engaging and honest in capturing how a teenage girl may think about her sexuality in the moment. However, the lack of self-reflection in the way it is written also allows it to be problematic even when it is trying to be empowering. The movie is getting a lot of hyper right now and I am hoping that is different enough from the book to warrant all the praise, because if this is the sex-positive narrative that feminist have been raving about, then I think we need to talk about what makes it sex positive.
Not rating this What can I say about a book which both made me deeply distressed, un-comfortable, and at times nauseated but was also the most visceral portrayal of one young woman's teenage experience I've ever read?
I can say this. I've read a lot of literature centered around the lives of young adults but nothing has ever felt more honest than this book. So unlike my own experience but nevertheless wholly and terrifyingly realistic. This is partially due to the fact that Goleckner stole Not rating this What can I say about a book which both made me deeply distressed, un-comfortable, and at times nauseated but was also the most visceral portrayal of one young woman's teenage experience I've ever read?
This is partially due to the fact that Goleckner stole from her own teenage diaries to craft this story and these character. But this is also due to the fact that Gloeckner is unafraid and un-apologetic about displaying the harder, tougher, and rougher sides of teenage life, and the complex relationship some teenagers have with sex.
This book will sometimes make you want to scream, to cry, or to scrub yourself clean. It's visceral, with or without the illustrations and comics. But in my opinion, it's worth it. It's a book that makes you think.
It makes you think about power dynamics, about lust, about sex, about sexuality, about the way in which the world can forget and forget a young woman who has so much to offer. This book is tough. It's not at all enjoyable but it's powerful. I chose this book because it sounded edgy and interesting and like it might touch on some universal topics that adolescent girls deal with that nobody likes or wants to touch on normally.
This was simply an account of an extremely dysfunctional family, a girl who should've been taken away by social services, and a man who should've been imprisoned for statutory rape and endangerment of a child. Oh yeah, and a mother for neglect.
I couldn't finish this book. It was disgusting. I know some peopl I chose this book because it sounded edgy and interesting and like it might touch on some universal topics that adolescent girls deal with that nobody likes or wants to touch on normally.
I know some people have really awful childhoods, but what is the most disturbing about this book for me is that the author paints the events of this book as the normal and universal struggles that every adolescent girl grows up dealing with.
Do not recommend. I can think of plenty of good things to say about Diary, but ultimately I dreaded picking it up most nights and it took me forever to finish.
While I think it has unique worth, I very simply didn't enjoy it, hence my low rating. I would say this has much more to do with the structure and writing than the subject matter, which many here have found extreme.
The illustrations were a high point for me, but couldn't carry the entire book. This is the kind of story people either love or loathe, and un I can think of plenty of good things to say about Diary, but ultimately I dreaded picking it up most nights and it took me forever to finish. This is the kind of story people either love or loathe, and unfortunately I'm in the latter camp. May 08, Clara Eddy rated it it was amazing. View 1 comment. This novel is raw, genuine, gut-turning, and heart-wrenching.
This book is triggering in many ways: I've spoken to others who have read The Diary of a Teenage Girl who could not get through it or could not appreciate the fine details because of its graphic nature.
So as a preservice teacher, I may not choose this as a whole-class or group text, but if a mature enough of a student is willing to experience Minnie's This novel is raw, genuine, gut-turning, and heart-wrenching.
So as a preservice teacher, I may not choose this as a whole-class or group text, but if a mature enough of a student is willing to experience Minnie's self-discovery, I would gladly put them up to the task. Whereas some do not like it, I loved it. First, this is not your average coming-of-age novel. A semi-autobiography of the author, protagonist Minnie explores her sexual awakening at the ripe age of A true product of forced maturity in 's San Francisco, Minnie has endured a troublesome life: At first, these details are shocking.
The first step to breaking down this novel is getting into Minnie's head and analyzing her character. She lives in a time and place known for sexual revolutions, and she is hypersexualized by those around her, including much-older adult men.
Minnie, due to aforementioned adversities, was forced into maturity, part of which comes with a sexual awakening. As a reader, I had to remind myself that considering the setting and the character, Minnie's sexual presence really shouldn't be very shocking at all -- in fact, I can think of a few California teens I know personally going through the same situations today.
As shocking as it is, Minnie's story is not unrealistic, and to believe otherwise is to be purposefully naive. I believe the point of this book was to make readers uncomfortable in the reality of our world.
Second, the artistic component of this novel is, frankly, genius. Like any graphic novel, the images are just as important to analyze as the dialogue, and this is a fantastic text to practice multiple literacies. Minnie's drawings have direct relation to her emotional state, helping readers visualize her emotional growth and complexity.
These can also be a great tool for lessons in imagery. For example, there is a moment in which Minnie describes how her personality and sexuality make her feel uncomfortable in her world.
In the related image, she draws herself as a giant towering over the Golden Gate Bridge. Diving into the imagery, a reader can discover that Minnie is visually representing her body dysmorphia, and feelings that she, quite literally in the image, does not "fit in" in the world around her.
Yes, this book is raw and disturbing and uncomfortable, but it is an accurate portrayal of real experiences and emotions of a precarious teenage girl and the adverse depictions in this novel should not take away from its literary fullness. Diary of a Teenage Girl requires a particular audience, but I believe anyone could read it and appreciate it when paired with the proper dialogue and guidance.
Both the plot and imagery is masterful and intriguing from beginning to end. To make a long story short, I love this novel, and I highly recommend it to readers who are ready for the journey. I loved this so much! So open and honest and really captures what it's like to be a teenage girl even tho she's sleeping with her moms boyfriend.
May 27, Vicky rated it it was amazing Shelves: Married with a couple kids, an Associate Professor at Univ. Certainly looks like her, the eyebrows, the slightly upturned nose. She's so honest. There are some warm moments, too, like when her mom is drunk and doesn't want her drink anymore, her mom tosses the entire drink—including the glass—into a USPS mailbox 3: She writes in her diary, "I would never do that. What if there's a letter from a grandmother to her grandchild in there? Or from a little girl, a letter with heart stickers on it, in which she apologizes to her best friend?
I think it's against the law anyway to tamper with the U. I'm going to copy and paste this chat and use it as my review lol 3: Jan 24, June rated it liked it. This was hard to read, because it was so cuttingly teenage. I'd forgotten how strong things felt then, how new everything was, how difficult it was to experience things for the first time.
This is what it was like. Minnie's emotions, her experiences, the way she feels and copes - this is what it was like. I think the author puts it best in her preface to the Revised Edition: The question I've most often been asked about this book is, "Is it true?
Is it about your own experience? In many ways, this book is "about" me. However, this book is just as strongly about you, too Although I am the source of Minnie, she cannot be me - for the book to have real meaning, she must be all girls, anyone And it's true.
This is Minnie's story, but as I read, it also dredged up my own teenage years, visceral emotions and a state of mind I hadn't realized I'd forgotten. Diary of a Teenage Girl is a time capsule - or maybe more accurately, a message in a bottle; misplaced memories and emotions will resurface after years of being misplaced. Art is not supposed to make you comfortable, which is what I kept telling myself while reading this book.
It was excruciating to read at times, but as an artistic achievement it is really impressive, and I appreciate the truth that the writer is trying to get at. It is a 4 or 5 star read in terms of quality but my level of discomfort and distress made it hard for me to rate it that way. To say that Minnie's experience is anything less than completely screwed up is wrong. She is taken advantage o Art is not supposed to make you comfortable, which is what I kept telling myself while reading this book.
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