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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: 7.4 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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There are some pretty surprising revelations in this book, quite a feat, really.
Veronica France
She goes into different characters and scenarios from the show/movie and explains in great detail things she does with them and to herself.
Vampyre Mike
After youve done this if you want a second chance at the story, read the book first, watch the movie FWWM, then view the pilot.
Ed

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K. Coburn on June 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Veronica France on November 3, 2005
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By GarbageGuy on December 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
"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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
For those who are familiar with the 1990's TV series "Twin Peaks", this book is a must-have. It begins on Laura Palmer's 12th birthday and documents most of the important events in her short life, up to a few days before her murder and the disappearance of this diary. Although "The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer" is very provocative (after all, how many young girls have 40 lovers before they turn 15, are constantly abused by an unknown entity named BOB, and also struggle with a cocaine addiction?), I wasn't entirely shocked. I had watched the series first, as well as the movie ("Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"), before reading this book (which I highly recommend other readers do as well; otherwise, you might be a little lost), so I pretty much knew what to expect from Laura. However, I never did feel any closer to her after reading her diary, probably because there were giant time lapses between entries, and the book didn't even read like a diary at times. Still, I highly recommend this book to "Twin Peaks" fans who are interested in Laura Palmer's past. And even if you've never watched the series, you might want to give this one a try and "discover the nightmare version of daddy's little girl". After reading this, you'll definitely want to watch the series and movie again. You might even catch some clues you didn't see before.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Sheehan on July 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
The thing's that are revealed about Laura in this book are like 10 times more f'd up than anything you learn from the actual show; seriously messed up sexual fantasies and stories of abuse... more explicit than I'd imagined it'd be. You get a much better understanding of who she was and her entire situation. Definitely a worthy read for fans of Twin Peaks, but I can't say I'd recommend it for someone who's never watched the show. Jennifer Lynch isn't so great of a writer, but it kind of adds to the believability of the material since a 12-16 year old girl writing in a diary probably wouldn't write, or care to write, too well. Overall though, this book adds a good deal of depth to Laura as a person and sheds more light on relationships between those she interacted with... very cool things for fans of Twin Peaks.
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