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Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Notes, Letters, Poems, and Abandoned Rock Operas Hardcover – August 26, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (August 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307393585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307393586
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,645,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Drawn directly-as in direct reproductions-from the adolescent diaries, notes, letters and writing projects of average twenty- and thirty-somethings, this book from blogger Brown, founder of the Cringe reading series in Brooklyn, should elicit the correct reaction. Consisting of original entries, many scrawled in cryptic handwriting, coupled with present-day commentary, they hash out the anxiety, confusion and melodrama of adolescence in a number of familiar forms: "Whatever. I totally have a math test tomorrow and I'm so close to being grounded it's not even funny. My mom is a total PSYCHOTIC. Seriously." Unfortunately, the excerpts are largely unexceptional (and unfunny) and the commentary only intermittently engaging; nostalgic value, unfortunately, does not carry it nearly as far as recent, similarly-themed volumes that benefit from outrageously awkward, instant-classic photos (Camp Camp and Bar Mitzvah Disco by Roger Bennett and Jules Shell), clear presentation and canny editing (David Nadelberg's Mortified), or a singular (and whip-smart) viewpoint (Lesley Arfin's Dear Diary). In a time of internet-driven over-sharing, it seems there's still some things best left in the boxes and drawers they came from.
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Review

The most embarrassing thing you will ever read The Times Read, laugh, empathise and cringe until your toes curl! Daily Record A laugh-out-loud collection of real teenage angst, along with melodramatic notes, bad poetry and biting commentary from the 'adults' who once penned them Cambridge News This will take you on an uncomfortable but hilarious trip down memory lane No. 1 Magazine (Scotland) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Sarah Brown is the creator and host of the Brooklyn-based Cringe reading series, which has garnered accolades from NPR, ABC Nightline, Newsweek, Time Out New York, Spin, The Times (of London), and the Los Angeles Times, and she has edited two humor compilations on the subject. Her work has been published in Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor Category (Knopf, 2004) and Things I Learned About My Dad: Humorous and Heartfelt Essays edited by the creator of dooce.com (Kensington, 2008). Brown has been writing online for nearly a decade at her popular personal blog, queserasera.org, and her writing has appeared in McSweeney's, Gawker, and The Morning News, among others. She lives in New York.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Littlefield on September 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I laugh out loud when I ready this book! And I feel like I'm doing something wrong by reading all these journal entries; such fun!
The entries make me remember all those embarrassing moments in middle school and high school which I was not brave enough to record much less share with millions of people. Kudos to Sarah Brown for pulling all this together!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Myers on July 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really liked having this book as a quick thing to look at when I am bored. While it was entertaining, some of the things are hard to read (handwriting-wise), which I didn't like. Some of the things were a bit long and could have been cut down to keep them more interesting, or just not included. Also, while it is a nice book, it isn't really one that you can read more than once. All that being said, I still think it would make a nice coffee table book to have for friends to look at and such.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Sholiton on February 28, 2013
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Seriously. DO you want to laugh your balls right off? Then read this. You won't be able to put it down. Unless you need to pick your balls up off the floor. Because they fell off from you laughing so much.
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