"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
Between the ages of 15 and 18, until her death in 1999 of cystic fibrosis, a Pennsylvania teenager named Mary Rose wrote unguardedly in her journals. McCain and McNeil (co-editors of Please Kill Me: An Oral History of Punk) offer a condensed but otherwise unaltered version of her diary entries and the occasional letter. Despite any ethical issues raised by publishing the book, which Mary Rose's mother touches on in an afterword, Mary Rose's writing has an immediate and viscerally raw impact as she describes her fights with her mother, a magnet for abusive, criminal boyfriends; her own tempestuous experiences with romance, sex, alcohol, and drugs; and the agony of cystic fibrosis. "I definitely won't binge anymore," writes Mary Rose after one rehab stint. "HA! That resolution lasted three days!" opens the next entry. Mary Rose's enormous pain and the ways she attempts to swallow it are evident in every profane, rage-filled entry; while her anguish is near-constant, it's spiked with moments of biting humor, elation, and hope. It's a rare, no-holds-barred documentation of an American teenager's life, written for no audience but herself. Ages 14 up.
Only book I can say I love
This book is nothing but perfect, I read this book and cried, but I wish someone would do a audiobook of it
Read this book a few years back ! So glad I finally found it again ! I absolutely loved reading this incredible story and deeply sad life she had to live.
Best book I ever read in ninth grade