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The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (A Twin Peaks Book) Paperback – October 1, 1990

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Jennifer Lynch discovered the diary of Laura Palmer in 1989. While on the surface Laura led a perfect life as homecoming queen, successful high school student, and daddy’s girl, her diary, reveals a sordid double life of cocaine, prostitution, and abuse. FBI investigators hope that this diary will be a useful clue to discovering her killer. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (October 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067173590X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671735906
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I am the first to admit that this is a book for die-hard Twin Peaks fans only, but doesn't that kind of go without saying? I doubt anyone else would even consider reading this book or even know of its existence. So this review is from the perspective of a Peaks fanatic.

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.
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I was a big Twin Peaks fan and watched the show faithfully, right up to the end. I even saw Fire Walk With Me in the theaters opening weekend.

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.
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"The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer" is a book that will make your jaw drop to the floor. The story centers around a woman by the name of Laura Palmer. Through her very eyes, the book shows how her reality is plagued by sex, drugs, and even an evil man trying to take over her life (known as BOB). A lot like Stephen King's novels, this book is shocking and disturbing, but unlike King, "The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer" is easy to read and the words flow smoothly. On a scale of one to ten (one being the lowest score and ten being the highest), I rate this book an eight. The story kept me compelled to read more and find out what else happened in Laura's intense life!
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As a Twin Peaks fan who read the book after the series ended, I knew the answer to the show's central question. So I didn't really read this book as a mystery, or a source for hints/clues (it does provide them!) so I can imagine the book would be even better if the reader doesn't know who killed Laura Palmer.

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.
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As a Twin Peaks fan since I first saw it, I was blown away. One thing that is constantly referenced is Laura's diary. Where is it, what's in it, who does it implicate? I loved this book. It fills in gaps, raises new questions and reels the mind. I loved it. The fact that David Lynch's daughter made me feel more comfortable reading this and less apprehensive since this is a person growing up with the world of Twin Peaks being developed around her. A great read. Remember, the owls are not what they appear...
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