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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition first Printing edition (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416928073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416928072
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. If the only way to heal painful high school memories is to laugh at someone else's painful high school memories, this book can accurately be labeled the antidote. Based on Nadelberg's stage show of the same name, this is a raw, hilarious compendium of real childhood and high school journals, essays and letters, with rueful commentary from their now-adult writers-each of whom deserve applause for their bravery and generosity. Entries enumerate the dumb-founding horror of sexual awakening ("I like him. But I don't know if I like him. But I don't hate him. I don't wanna like him!"), the frustration of feeling different ("I hate Black History Month. It's the one month out of the year when white people feel comfortable to ask me all sorts of strange, inappropriate questions") and the bizarre dreams of adolescence (such as one contributor's Duran Duran fan fiction, which must be read to be believed). Unafraid to delve into sex and drugs, Nadelberg even includes some charming amateur erotica written by a clueless twelve-year-old. Illustrated with great awkward-phase photos, this treasure-chest of confusion and angst will make readers squirm and smile with the realization that, as Nadelberg puts it, "we were all that same strange kid."
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About the Author

Mortified is the creation of David Nadelberg--a writer/producer/angstologist living in Los Angeles, the official town of public humiliation. Since 2002, he has sifted through hundreds of journals belonging to strangers and edited them into comedic pieces. He has written and produced numerous TV pilots for places UPN, VH1 and Comedy Central that were so amazing, they never even aired.

More About the Author

I was born. Then I got older.

Customer Reviews

To sum up, I'm disappointed.
Taz
A must read for anyone whoever kept a diary or journal and/or wanted to read other peoples diaries/journals!!!Great book...I want more!!!
*Maureen*
I finished the book in a few hours cause I couldnt put it down.
benji

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie Taylor on December 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
I personally kept a journal (fine, diary) all through grade school, junior high (the most horrid two-years of my life) and high school. I can't help but cringe when I read back on my childish angst, anger and insecurity. But when I read Mortified I realized I was not alone. Not alone in ending my entries with a "bye bye" as if the diary were an actual friend (like I had any)and not alone in obsessing shamelessly over boys who barely knew of my existance and never did become aware.

The selections made from the various journals are all genius, but I especially loved David Nadelberg's "Unsent Love Letter" which starts off with "Hello Leslie! How is your day today? Mine's quite well, I must admit." So dorky and so sweet and it actually gets intentionally funny for a high school sophmore. I'm just saying, it would've worked on me!

All the entries are good but my favorite part was being able to flip to the back of the book to the What The Hell Happened section and see, well, what the hell happened.

So, if you have any voyeuristic tendencies what-so-ever, or you just like a good My Sharona reference, pick up this book.

Bye bye.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dell Fields on January 15, 2007
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It's gratifying to read about other people's dreadful teenage years. Weren't my own bad enough? Apparantly not. And here's the proof. You might take comfort in these chapters, perhaps re-examine the way you treated your more "fragile" peers. It's important to note that this is not an 80s family movie sanitized version of what kids go through. This is the ugly, pimply, dorky, greasy version... and for that it is to be highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Sumner on April 8, 2009
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This is a MUST read if only for "The Porn", which is quite possibly the most insanely funny thing I have ever read. I laughed and laughed until I cried and got a stomachache. My boyfriend and I were shrieking with laughter. The other one I loved was the kid whose brother planted a fake essay in his homework that the kid actually gave to the teacher. The essay was so foul and full of swear words and all the teacher wrote was "This seems rushed." There is NO WAY the teacher read it. I was laughing/crying over that one too. I'm scared to go look at my journals after reading this because I'm sure they are exactly the same as these kids.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Savage on January 15, 2007
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I loved it so much I bought it for my sister for Christmas. I've even been to the show! I disagree with those that say it's not as interesting as the show is as I've experienced both. These are all the people we all went to school with! These people are us! It's fun to read it and equate it to my high school life and friends. Even though there's a name attached I still think "I knew that person in high school!" It's comforting to know that you're not the only one who went through all that "drama".

Oh! I'm just jealous I didn't think of it first!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Cummings on January 15, 2007
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Sure, it may not have the joy of personal inflection performed on a stage, but these printed words are like a fractured time capsule that proves everyone was just as neurotic, obsessive, and unrealistic as you were. If you can't find your debbie gibson cd, your freaks & geeks dvds have gone AWOL, and your personal yearbook is too close to home yet you yearn for some nostalgia, you could do a lot worse than MORTIFIED.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steverino on December 13, 2006
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Mortified is a book that will make you smile, laugh out loud and pause to reflect as you think back what it was like to be a teenager or worse a tween. It is a compilation of short excerpts form old diaries and journals which make you realize how glad you are to have survived those ten years and to think, was I as mortifying as those whose stories are presented here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie L. on January 16, 2007
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This book is painful in the best way. I highly recommend reading it with friends and sharing your own pathetic journals and love letters you wrote when you were 15 years old. It's even better when read out loud and shared.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ghost.frog on January 16, 2007
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Is that their slogan? I think it is. And here I thought I was being original. But isn't that the thing? We all think we're so clever and individual in our youth, in middle school and high school, and it turns out we're all exactly the same. We're all ridiculous and humiliating and, yes, mortifying. Maybe the specifics of our experiences aren't identical, but the universal truths of our embarrasing youths ring true in each and every one of these hilarious entries. The humor, the humanity, the truth of each of these pieces bleeds off the page and too often the reader doesn't know whether to laugh or to cry.

This book is the counter-argument to all of these "woe-is-me" memoirs littering the shelves. In presenting the most embarrassing horrors of adolescence, Mortified allows us to laugh ourselves all the way to catharsis.

Buy this for every student's graduation or 21st birthday.
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