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The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (A Twin Peaks Book) Paperback – October 1, 1990
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This book grabs you from the start. I received it in the mail when I got home from work last night around 5:30, and I had it finished by 11:00--it's about 180 pages. Its conversational tone makes it a fast read, for sure, but it's Laura's completely unusual, fascinating experiences that really get the pages turning. The great thing about it is that it gives you further insight into the world of Twin Peaks, specifically Laura Palmer, obviously. TP is a very layered, complex "world" that requires multiple viewings to truly appreciate. Fire Walk With Me provided much appreciated insight into Laura's final week, but this diary goes so much further than that and highlights Laura's life from the age of 12 and off and on until 17, when she died. It is genuinely fascinating to see Laura change from a generally happy, if somewhat "different" 12-year-old into a tormented soul who welcomes death. The influence of Bob increases over time, though he had always been there. The pain seems so real, you can't really blame her for some of her outrageous and even hurtful behavior. I'm not going to give away anything specific, but suffice it to say that there is ample support for Dr. Jacoby's statements in the first season: To Agent Cooper that Laura should not be faulted for her cocaine addiction, and to Bobby that she didn't mean to hurt him, she just had no control over her own life.
Speaking of Bobby Briggs, this book goes into quite a bit of detail about their relationship.Read more ›
I have to say reading this book gave me the chills. It was very heartbreaking,sad and terrifying as you read how Laura Palmer's life unfolded from ages 12 to 17.
I know there are a lot of theories from fans regarding whether BOB was real or someone Laura's sub-consciously made up to block any truth that her father was abusing her. But as Agent Cooper said in the show: Would it be any easier if I told you a man would rape and murder his own daughter?
In reading this you can almost hear Sheryl Lee's voice: from joy to sadness, terrified to angry, hopeful to hopeless: all the emotions are conveyed here.
In a way this would be a companion piece to the young adult novel "Go Ask Alice" , which was based on a true diary. Both books delve into the world of the All Amercan Girl and see their dreams go horribly astray.
Kudos to Jennifer Lynch for writing a very powerful work that may in fact help people who have beeen victims of abuse break free so that they don't become Laura Palmer herself.
The book is not for the faint of heart. It's even more graphic and violent than the most frightening moments on the TV show. It's extremely disturbing in some parts I would not recommend for anyone with a sensitive stomach or anyone under the age of 15-16. But it's very well-written, and provides a greatly desired insight into Laura, one of my favorite television show characters of all time. As if my heart didn't ache with pity for her enough after the show, my chest felt like it was going to explode with sorrow after I finished this book.
There was no happy ending for Laura Palmer. Actually, there really was no happy story at all for Laura Palmer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cool how this was written by David Lynch's daughter. We figured she must have some keen insight. The book is an enjoyable read and does shed light on several things the show... Read morePublished 2 days ago by 3girlzn3boyz
This fills in a lot of background much farther back the "FIre Walk With Me", but it seems like there are some inconsistencies with that movie. Read morePublished 22 days ago by K. Hughes
This was a great tie-in to the series Twin Peaks, I love that characters from the diary appear in season two and Harold reads out of the diary. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent companion to the series. Read this then watch Fire Walk with Me again. It deepens her character and explains quite a lot.Published 4 months ago by Matt Vandegriff
If your a Twin Peaks fan this is a MUST read. This really filled in the gaps about who Laura Palmer was. It's sexy, thrilling and great for the imagination.Published 4 months ago by Kristin
A fantastic catalyst for delving further into Laura Palmer's tormented life, beginning at the innocent age of 12. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MisanthropicGirl