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Product Details

  • Series: Black Book: Diary of a Teenage Stud (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (August 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064407985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064407984
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 24 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,605,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Traditionally, series fiction for teens is light, fluffy, and more likely to be found in a beach bag than on a required summer reading list. But lately, series fiction is starting to take itself a bit more, well, seriously, a good example being The Black Book: Diary of a Teenage Stud by the mysterious Jonah Black. A projected trilogy, the true author of Jonah's fictitious journal is hiding behind the Black name, apparently not yet willing to take credit for this Twin Peak-ish, literary sex tale. In the first volume, "Girls, Girls, Girls," Jonah reveals his difficulty in separating his rich imaginary life with the real world. Between writing about his steamy, disturbing encounters with the beautiful and possibly made-up Sophie, Jonah also documents some cold, hard facts about himself: he was expelled from his Pennsylvania boarding school, his former Florida high school is forcing him to repeat 11th grade, and his mom is a scary New Age sex therapist who writes books like Hello Penis! Hello, Vagina! Who wouldn't retreat into a fantasy world? But as Jonah's writing progresses, he begins to drop hints about his sordid Pennsylvania past, and savvy readers will be able to start to put together the clues of his unexplained expulsion. It isn't likely that Jonah's quirkily complex diary will entice the usual Sweet Valley High series reader, but it is sure to intrigue teen fans of oddball writers such as Daniel Pinkwater and Douglas Adams. It's weird, but this darkly humorous mystery is definitely worth it. (Ages 14 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

From Publishers Weekly

Through his journals, Jonah Black (who's listed as the official author) narrates this engaging, if offbeat, first installment, chronicling his return to Pompano Beach, Fla., after he's booted out of his Pennsylvania boarding school. He's forced to repeat his junior year, listen to his mother, a self-appointed "sexpert" and author of the bestselling Hello Penis! Hello Vagina! host a shallow radio call-in show, and watch the best friend he's crushing on fall in love with a worthless womanizer. These often painful doses of reality are overlaid with surreal sexual fantasies, the majority of which involve the girlfriend he left behind (in one, Sophie does a striptease in a classroom). Readers willing to navigate these unannounced imaginative episodes will race through this fast-paced read to collect clues about the cause of his expulsion and to see if Jonah's breaks from reality mean he's crazy or just creative. Regardless, he's instantly likable, and his vulnerabilities, acute description and tenuous hold on reality make for gripping and often humorous reading. Some readers may be frustrated by how many strings are left untied, even as they eagerly anticipate Jonah's next book. Ages 9-up.

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Customer Reviews

This book is 240 pages long but I read it in two days!
bharring
And, though The Black Book ends on a note of unresolved climax, it more than makes up for it with the promise of a sequel to come.
Stellar
Jonah's many offbeat yet very real relationships differ so strongly from his imaginary ones.
chelsey

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Stellar on October 10, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can't remember exactly what it was that first drew my attention to this marvelous little book, whether it was the ambiguous title, the reviews on the back cover (all quotes from characters within the book itself) or the photograph of the torso of a scantily-clad female on the front. Whatever it was, it intrigued me enough that I opened up to a random page, only to find what seemed to me like some sort of stream-of-consciousness first person narrative with several brief, unannounced sexual fantasies seamlessly blended into the storyline.
Now even more perplexed and, I'll confess, titillated (in my defense, I am a 16 year-old male) I immediately ran to the computer in the bookstore where I work to see if the book was, in fact, what it appeared to be on first glance. Much to my astonishment, all the reviews I read indicated that it indeed was. It was at this point that I realized that the author listed on the cover was eponymous with the title character and that nowhere in either the book itself or in my bookstore's database was he/she identified any further.
Of course, at this point I simply had to sit down and read the whole thing. The book consists of only 236 pages of very quick-reading prose, so the time commitment on my part wasn't more than a couple of hours. It only took me a few pages to get used to the very ambitious conceit employed by the author so it was no time before I began to settle into the life of Mr. Jonah Black.
I won't worry about giving away any plot points because it doesn't take long before the book begins to hint at these anyway.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Devine on November 3, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I heard about this book, I really was very interested in it. I read part of it and thought it would be very interesting. 4 days later when I recieved it in the mail, I read the entire thing at once. I was very impressed with this book even though it at all was not what I thought it was going to be... and the funny thing is that I have only read 2 other books from front to back, but this was great. I was just here at Amazon.com buying Volume 2 and getting the publish dates for Volumes 3 (Jan.9, 02) & 4 (March 19, 02). I have been thinking about this book ever since I put it down, and even though the website said that all characters are fictional, I have this want to meet Jonah Black. Reading what he wrote, has kinda given me a different outlook on boys. Not every boy is thinking about girls and sex all the time. And it is possible for a teenage boy to love one girl, who he hasn't slept with. That to me is reassuring. So, Jonah Black, if you are out there, good job.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Em.x on March 10, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Diary of a teenage stud is one of the best books I've read in a long time, (along with the Alex Rider books by Anthony Horrowitz).
It features a typical teenage boy (Jonah) with a punk-rock/gothic genius sister, distant father and a mother who writes books about teenage sex problems.
He returns to Florida from boarding school in Pennsylvania and goes back to his old school, only to find out he must repeat the 11ht grade!
The book darts between his fantasies and reality, and it seems as though they are the same to Jonah. Through this diary we are taken to the mixed up world of a teenage boy, and we get a glimpse of what really goes on in their minds.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bharring on May 9, 2002
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Imagine coming back to your old high school as a senior, after two years, and finding that your classmates say you haven't changed? Imagine finding out that because you got kicked out of boarding school, you have repeat junior year while your friends get promoted. The added humiliation is that your little sister is a genius (of course) and is now a senior as well. Worst of all, your mother is a sex therapist with her own radio talk show and best-selling book... P>All of these things and much, much more are recounted to us via the entries of the infamous BLACK BOOK: DIARY OF A TEENAGE STUD. We watch him navigate through his return to high school with gusto, his reinitiation into his Florida town's social scene, and sort out the mysterious world of relationships with girls, both real and ideal. Jonah's entries are short, witty, and straddle the line between reality and fantasy. Take for instance, the elusive Sophie, the dream girlfriend that Jonah left behind at his boarding school in Maine, yet seems to keep reappearing right before him. His friends Thorne and Posie try to bolster his spirits, yet also wish they could figure out the events surrounding Jonah's expulsion from his boarding school, and the love of his life who does not seem real. Honey, his younger sister kid-genius, offers wry cynicism in her critiques of Jonah's situation and attempts to help him, as well as scorning of their mother. At the end of the book, we still don't know why Jonah has been expelled, if he will rejoin his senor class, who Sophie is, and what will become of his relationship with Posie. On top of that, Jonah suffers a severe swimming accident, and the reader is left in anguished suspense.
This book is 240 pages long but I read it in two days! It is fast, witty, and engaging.
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