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Mortified: Love Is a Battlefield Paperback – January 8, 2008
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"In a world where people are obsessed with Google and MySpace, you'd think a book exposing the private love letters and diary entries of strangers would be anticlimactic, but David Nadelberg has compiled the best and, well, most mortifying into a riveting book." -- Jane
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Many of the journal entries barely stuck to the theme of teen love. Many more were just...diaries. There was nothing particularly mortifying within them, unless it was rather blase' descriptions of Bon Jovi t-shirts. I found myself less than impressed with several of the contributions.
I still enjoyed this one, but I doubt I'll re-read it as I do the original volume. And I certainly never laughed out loud reading this one, and never had to read just one more entry to my husband. This volume lacks much of the blushing shame of its predecessor, but is still worth reading once.
David Nadelberg has a knack for taking us back there and making us remember how it was---the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly. Even now, as it was then, it is bittersweet. I look forward to more from David Nadelberg.I like his style and his tenacity, taking us back where we were so vulnerable yet so sure---our youth.
These clearly carefully selected diary entries, poems, letters and other artifacts of adolescence can be, well, mortifying. Certainly this collection is darker than the first, but that's also what makes it great, in that same way that Freaks and Geeks made the specific universal and made us flinch while laughing along with the characters. Because we've all been there.
Sean Sweeney's "screenplay" (written for no less than Al Pacino, Debra Winger, Roy Scheider and Phoebe Cates, as well as a character named "Shawn") is hilarious for its innocence and aggressive egotism. Leonard Hyman's story of growing up in American Samoa seems at first completely unrelatable--until he begins talking about his desperate crush on the new girl and his fickle attentions that follow. And certainly the "Dueling Diaries" by Matt Berck and Kirsten Gronfield are a highlight.
The new book is laid out beautifully, with not just the photos of the first book but scraps of the actual source material and some hilarious doodles and illustrations.
For fans of Freaks and Geeks, Judy Blume, This American Life, The Wonder Years, and anything else that makes you sigh, blush, and laugh all at once.
(Also, check out the Mortified web-thingies on iTunes; it's free and it opens up the world of the book so well. One of my favorite pieces, "Stairway to Winnipeg" is better served by the "Showbox Show" than the transcription in the book, though both are hilarious).
Mortified: L.I.A.B has all the cringe worthy, lovesick, smack your head against your forehead cause you can't believe you said that moments you thought you had conquered with age, therapy, and your 10 year high school reunion.
Just be warned: finishing Mortified: L.I.A.B will cause you to book a trip home to try and unearth all those unsent love letters you hope your mom didn't find in that secret hiding spot in your room and then spend the afternoon crafting a mixtape for your current crush.
Buy this book. Trust me. You will be entertained, embarrassed and want to contact that love of your life from 7th grade.
Well, not that last part probably, but definitely the first two.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a wonderful view of teen angst at its finest. I like the idea of reading words that are strait from the heart of the writer. Read morePublished on March 31, 2010 by Marieta Mcqueen
I bought Love is a Battlefield after loving the first Mortified book and was slightly disappointed.Published on May 4, 2009 by L. Beyer
As someone who read this after the first, Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic., I found this one to be a little... less. Read morePublished on January 16, 2009 by B. Ekstrom
This book is truly laugh-out-loud funny. I read it often on the El train going to and from work and embarrassed myself a few times busting out laughing in front of strangers. Read morePublished on August 26, 2008 by Megan Schulte
Just got back from a beach vacation, and this was an entertaining and often laugh-out loud read (I totally love the gal who loved Leonard Nimoy). A great concept. Read morePublished on April 4, 2008 by Botgirl
This book is hilarious. I loved the first book, and this one is even better. IF you have not seen the live show, these books are a must!Published on March 31, 2008 by C. Browne
Oh my gosh! This book brought back so many painful high school memories and made me able to laugh them off. Everyone should read this book... Read morePublished on March 29, 2008 by A. Jensen