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Go Ask Ogre: Letters from a Deathrock Cutter Paperback – August 1, 2005
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Adult/High School–When she was 17, Siana wrote a series of letters to punk rocker Ogre, the front man of the '80s band Skinny Puppy. The letters speak of depression and cutting, drug abuse and sex, music and poetry. At one concert, Ogre told her that he saved all her letters and one day would return them. True to his word, two boxes arrived at her door nine years later; inside were illustrated letters and journals filled with her most intimate thoughts and fears. Like most cutters, those who injure themselves as a physical manifestation of their inner pain, Siana felt powerless as her life spun out of control. Rereading the letters years later, she realized that expressing herself through this way had saved her life. The letters share what it's like to grow up weird and how one girl could rise above her background. Almost every page of the book is filled with heartbreaking artwork and photos, which brilliantly link the journal entries and letters together, allowing readers to get a look inside the mind of a very creative but disturbed young woman. At the end of the book is a letter from Siana's therapist and a list of resources for teenagers who may be experiencing the same problems and emotions that the author wrote about.–Erin Dennington, Fairfax County Public Library, Chantilly, VA
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"Cringingly confessional...yet often uproariously funny. An overdue riposte to the bludgeoning morality of the fabricated Go Ask Alice." -- LA Weekly, June 3, 2005
"Dark, funny and touching... -- boingboing.net
"Dark, funny and touching..." -- boingboing.net
"Emotionally transcendent and eerily personal riveting a razor-sharp vignette from one womans emotional history." -- LA Alternative Press
"Jolene Siana is to be lauded for many things; number one is for rendering Go Ask Alice completely useless." -- Hardcore Ink
"Pure, lucid and engaging..." -- Los Angeles Times, July 26, 2005
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Right from the opening letter (written at age 17), I found myself captivated by Jolene. Her frank, emotional,(often precocious) stories and subject matter just sucked me right into her world. Whether she was describing an encounter with her often estranged High School peers, her emotionally abusive mother, or just discussing her quirky day-to-day mishaps, Jolene's letters kept me attentive.
I am a HUGE Skinny Puppy fan, so when I learned about this book I was immediately excited by the concept of someone writing letters to Nivek Ogre, the band's founder and lead singer...but you don't have to be a Skinny Puppy fan at ALL to enjoy this memoir. There is SO MUCH MORE here!
The book is put together so creatively. Almost every page is filled with her fierce, thoughtful artwork or photos that she took, which brilliantly link the journal entries and letters together, creating a full experience for the reader. You really feel bound to her, like you're in on a secret.
The letters are so personal, so powerful in the way that they expose her every fear...yet she has a profound understanding of her own pain. It is a vivid portrayal of a young girl trying to cope with all of her insecurities and several times during the reading I found myself thinking, "This could be MY journal...these could be MY letters."