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Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose Hardcover – April 1, 2014

4.4 out of 5 stars 71 ratings

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Gr 9 Up—In this actual, posthumously published diary, the teenager is brutally honest about her problems with her mom and her mom's abusive boyfriend, her sexual encounters, and her addictions to alcohol and drugs. Lonely and looking for relationships, the girl begins every entry with "Dear Nobody." Readers learn early on about Mary's stints in rehab, but it is a third of the way into the book when it is revealed that she has cystic fibrosis. Mary Rose has been in and out of the hospital all her life with this disease, but she doesn't dwell on it. Like the fictional Go Ask Alice (Prentice Hall, 1971), this is a first-person account of a girl detailing the poor choices she has made. Though a depressing picture emerges, the writing style has a beautiful lyricism. Teens may not understand Mary Rose's decisions, and they may dislike how those who care about her treat her, but readers will appreciate this unflinchingly honest work.—Elizabeth Kahn, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Jefferson, LA


"a rare, no-holds-barred documentation of an American teenager's life." - Publishers Weekly

"The voice is authentic, this book is an experience." - Kirkus Reviews

"The writing style has a beautiful lyricism...Readers will appreciate this unflinchingly honest work." - School Library Journal

"Mary Rose's diary is a heart-wrenching tale of a young girl trying to figure everything out...It will appeal to teens." - VOYA

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : HL790L
  • Grade Level : 8 - 12
  • Item Weight : 15.8 ounces
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1402287589
  • Hardcover : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1402287585
  • Product Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks Fire (April 1, 2014)
  • Reading level : 14 - 17 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 71 ratings