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Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose Paperback – Illustrated, 5 April 2016
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"A rare, no-holds-barred documentation of an American teenager's life." --Publishers Weekly
Told through the actual diary entries of a real teenage girl, Dear Nobody chronicles Mary Rose's struggles with drug addiction, bullying, and a deadly secret in this raw, authentic book. Her story will inspire you--and remind you that you're not alone.
They call me a freak.
I'm sick of it. It makes me want dangerous, bad things. Drugs--hard drugs--and people who are bad for me, but I don't care, because I'm so lonely and no matter what their intentions are at least they're talking to me...
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 heard. To be loved. And she'll do whatever it takes to make that happen.
Even if it costs her her life.
Compelling and unflinchingly honest, Dear Nobody is perfect for readers looking for:
- contemporary young adult nonfiction
- true stories about drug addiction
- books like Go Ask Alice and Lucy in the Sky
- stories that spark conversation about issues teens face
"The writing style has a beautiful lyricism...Readers will appreciate this unflinchingly honest work." - School Library Journal
"The voice is authentic, this book is an experience." - Kirkus
"a rare, no-holds-barred documentation of an American teenager's life." - Publishers Weekly
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Fire; Illustrated edition (5 April 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1492609625
- ISBN-13 : 978-1492609629
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.13 x 20.96 cm
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I think what freaked me out the most was that Mary Rose seems to go from 0 to 100 in only a few pages. She starts off being a relatively normal teenager, with regular worries and suddenly seems to hurl herself into a complete world of debauchery. What amazed me was that she seemed almost clueless about the harmful effects of her choices.
She rarely questions why she does something, in fact, she seems to look forward to doing more. She never seems to have any qualms or worries about her choices, which progress into drugs, sex and other acts.
I also question the role the adults in her life play. Granted this is her diary but very rarely are her parents mentioned and when they are, they simply also seem clueless. I am left to wonder - where these all clueless people? Really?
The entries are mesmerizing, especially those concerning her health. The progression of her addiction is obvious and she certainly fits the description of an addict.
I am not a prude and I understand addiction, but it felt to me, at times, as though something was missing here - I think it was a voice of reason SOMEWHERE in this poor girl's life.
It must be horrible to be a YA in today's world and even more difficult to be a parent. However, books like these are very important and this one does not shy away from the reality of what poor choices can bring.
It seems to be, throughout this entire book, that Mary Rose desperately needed to feel loved - this was a common thread throughout her entries - my heart goes out to her.