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Television writer Ribon, also the author of several novels, including Why Girls Are Weird (2003), bares her teenage soul in this hilariously endearing memoir, which chronicles her youthful passions. Ribon was a lovelorn teen in the early 1990s, and she saved copies of the earnest notes she sent to the objects of her affection. In asides dropped in between the text of the notes, Ribon winces at the flowery prose she used to woo elusive teenage boys. She also shares mortifying memories, such as an uncomfortable sex talk with her father and a sexual encounter that goes awry thanks to the unfortunate presence of gum. Ribon’s passion wasn’t limited to boys: she railed against the backward teaching at her high school, daring to call out a teacher for racist comments during a lesson. Ribon also tried to start an underground paper only to have it hijacked by students with the means to produce it. Imaginative children of the 1980s and ’90s will likely see themselves in Ribon’s writing, as will like-minded teens today. --Kristine Huntley

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[Ribon] bares her teenage soul in this hilariously endearing memoir, which chronicles her youthful passions. In asides dropped in between the text of the notes, Ribon winces at the flowery prose she used to woo elusive teenage boys. She also shares mortifying memories, such as an uncomfortable sex talk from her father and a sexual encounter that goes awry thanks to the unfortunate presence of gum. Imaginative children of the 1980s and '90s will likely see themselves in Ribon's writing, as will like-minded teens today. -- Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Rare Bird Books (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940207053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940207056
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pamela Ribon is a bestselling author, tv writer, screenwriter, retired derby girl, and Wonder Killer. In addition to her novels (one of which landed her a spot in the Oxford English Dictionary under "Muffin Top" (look it up.)), Pamela continues to work in film and television, notably having written for the Emmy award-winning show Samantha Who?. Her stage productions have become international cult sensations (Call Us Crazy: The Anne Heche Monologues), and she's been a featured performer at HBO's US Comedy Arts Festival. On the Internet she's known as "Pamie," where she's been running her wildly successful website pamie.com for a very long time, long enough to have been nominated for a "Lifetime Achievement" Bloggie. Pamela lives in Los Angeles, where she writes and writes and writes.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jensm on March 14, 2014
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What I love about Pamela Ribon’s books is how they are simultaneously hysterical and heartbreaking. They’re like two, two, two books in one! Except they aren’t, because she manages to move between the two extremes—giving more time to the hilarious, thank goodness—in a way that feels completely normal.

In “Notes to Boys,” Ribon adult-narrates her teen dorkiness. Her notes to boys are exactly that: uncensored bits from her journals and first drafts of notes—some 200+ pages!—detailing her ascent into madness. And isn’t that how must of us entered our teens, mostly sane until the hormones hit? What she shares will make most readers cringe and nod and laugh along with her... and dig around in their parents’ attic for their old journals.

(That’s what I did anyway, and was disappointed to find that my teenage journals were far less interesting than Little Pam’s, though they were equally embarrassing.)

“Notes to Boys” is another Pamela Ribon hit. She has woven these excerpts from her journals into a story that, like her earlier books, is both realistic, relatable, and an absolute joy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jana Slay on March 11, 2014
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I gave this book 5 stars, because it is pure hilarious honesty. She puts it all out there. For those of us who have been teenage girls, it can be a bit a mortifying trip down memory lane; it reminded me of things that I did and had long forgotten (but thankfully did NOT document.) I think for some current teenage girls, this book could let them know they aren't the only ones who've faced the craziness that is an obsessive crush, and that they will come out the other side okay. I loved the back and forth between Little Pam and grown up Pam. I'll definitely read it again and have already loaned it to a friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dinakar Sarma VINE VOICE on March 16, 2014
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Pamela Ribon saves everything. She goes into fits of panic when watching that Hoarders show, and silently shouts "What if they had a plan for that thing!?" Along with her [every]thing[s] that she saved from childhood are stacks of letters that she wrote to boys. By hand. She'd write out one copy for her own archives, and one copy for the boy. This is when she's in high school, when the hormones are running wild all over the place, and the boys are as clueless as the girls are. A one day relationship can be a major, earth-shattering experience. Now that she has all these letters, she's decided to share her diaries and letters with the rest of us who pick up her book, and give running commentary.

There are times when the commentary is funny (even if the letters are not), and other times when the book itself goes to some fairly dark places. As I get older, I'm thankful that I've passed that phase of life in one piece. I remember all too clearly what it was like to be a kid at that age. Everyone else but you made decisions about who you see, what you do, and how you're supposed to be. You had nothing to yourself except your thoughts. Your body craves that closeness that comes from sexual contact, but the societal pressures to keep away from it (while the pressures from everything you consume from the media seems to tell the exact opposite) are heavy.

Being a teenager sucks, and Ms Ribon's book really brings that fact home very clearly. Definitely a good read for when you need a bit of a boost from whatever madness is infecting your adult life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy on June 21, 2014
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This book was hilarious and touching, and sent me on mortifying flashbacks of my own. I've already pushed it into the protesting hands of my two best friends, and would consider it required reading for my daughter when she turns 13 (forewarned is forearmed, right? Right??).
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I first read about this book in a review by NPR's Linda Holmes, who is my favorite internet person; and man was I excited when I found out Notes to Boys was written by Pam Ribon, who was my favorite internet person when I was in high school and religiously read the Gilmore Girls recaps she wrote for Television Without Pity. I swear, I loved those recaps and looked forward to them more than the show itself.

What I loved back then about Pam's GG recaps was that they were HILARIOUS, poked fun at the characters and plots mercilessly, and yet she was still clearly invested in the show and sincere and sympathetic. She liked the show and the characters as much as I did, and that's what gave her the right to roll her eyes at Rory and Dean and point out what a heinous b**** Emily could be. And that is exactly what makes this book so much fun to read. She gets you to laugh with her at her high-school self ("Little Pam") and high-school friends, but doesn't let you hate or ridicule them. She treats them with sympathy and, ultimately, respect.

I also didn't expect the latter half of the book to take such a serious turn, but although it was a little jarring at first, it was actually perfect and saved the book. After the gut-bustingly painful first half, it avoid getting repetitive and relying on cheap laughs at Little Pam's misadventures by exploring the madness behind the scenes. It also made more sense of the fact that present-day Pam was letting you see that she still had some hangups about things that went down back then, without getting too weird or obsessive. (I mean, it was a little obsessive, but like, we all are shaped in really big ways by the people we knew and the things that happened to us in adolescence.
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