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Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose
Edited by Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil
Young Adult, Memoir
April 2014, $15.99
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.
Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil are the co-authors of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. When they aren't collaborating, McCain writes poetry and McNeil writes non-fiction. They are currently working on two new oral histories together.
I liked the way the book was set up, in diary form, so that it was easier to read and keeps it real. Mary Rose is in and out of the hospital all her life because of her illness...Cystic Fibrosis. Not only does she have a hard time dealing with this, but people/peers make fun of her because of it. She takes to writing a journal/diary to help deal with rejection and everyday life. Something teenagers can relate to and might find helpful in their lives. I Rated This Book: 3/5 Stars ***