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Mortified: Love Is a Battlefield Paperback – January 8, 2008
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"If Schadenfreude was an Olympic sport, then this book would be its illegal performance-enhancing drug. The baring of souls is seldom this funny or touching. David Nadelberg is the Pied Piper of pre-adult pain." -- Paul Feig, creator of Freaks and Geeks and author of Superstud and Kick Me
"In a world where people are obsessed with Google and MySpace, you'd think a book exposing the private love letters and diary entries of strangers would be anticlimactic, but David Nadelberg has compiled the best and, well, most mortifying into a riveting book." -- Jane
About the Author
Mortified is the creation of David Nadelberg--a writer/producer/angstologist living in Los Angeles, the official town of public humiliation. Since 2002, he has sifted through hundreds of journals belonging to strangers and edited them into comedic pieces. He has written and produced numerous TV pilots for places UPN, VH1 and Comedy Central that were so amazing, they never even aired.
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David Nadelberg has a knack for taking us back there and making us remember how it was---the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly. Even now, as it was then, it is bittersweet. I look forward to more from David Nadelberg.I like his style and his tenacity, taking us back where we were so vulnerable yet so sure---our youth.
These clearly carefully selected diary entries, poems, letters and other artifacts of adolescence can be, well, mortifying. Certainly this collection is darker than the first, but that's also what makes it great, in that same way that Freaks and Geeks made the specific universal and made us flinch while laughing along with the characters. Because we've all been there.
Sean Sweeney's "screenplay" (written for no less than Al Pacino, Debra Winger, Roy Scheider and Phoebe Cates, as well as a character named "Shawn") is hilarious for its innocence and aggressive egotism. Leonard Hyman's story of growing up in American Samoa seems at first completely unrelatable--until he begins talking about his desperate crush on the new girl and his fickle attentions that follow. And certainly the "Dueling Diaries" by Matt Berck and Kirsten Gronfield are a highlight.
The new book is laid out beautifully, with not just the photos of the first book but scraps of the actual source material and some hilarious doodles and illustrations.
For fans of Freaks and Geeks, Judy Blume, This American Life, The Wonder Years, and anything else that makes you sigh, blush, and laugh all at once.
(Also, check out the Mortified web-thingies on iTunes; it's free and it opens up the world of the book so well. One of my favorite pieces, "Stairway to Winnipeg" is better served by the "Showbox Show" than the transcription in the book, though both are hilarious).
Many of the journal entries barely stuck to the theme of teen love. Many more were just...diaries. There was nothing particularly mortifying within them, unless it was rather blase' descriptions of Bon Jovi t-shirts. I found myself less than impressed with several of the contributions.
I still enjoyed this one, but I doubt I'll re-read it as I do the original volume. And I certainly never laughed out loud reading this one, and never had to read just one more entry to my husband. This volume lacks much of the blushing shame of its predecessor, but is still worth reading once.
Mortified: L.I.A.B has all the cringe worthy, lovesick, smack your head against your forehead cause you can't believe you said that moments you thought you had conquered with age, therapy, and your 10 year high school reunion.
Just be warned: finishing Mortified: L.I.A.B will cause you to book a trip home to try and unearth all those unsent love letters you hope your mom didn't find in that secret hiding spot in your room and then spend the afternoon crafting a mixtape for your current crush.
Buy this book. Trust me. You will be entertained, embarrassed and want to contact that love of your life from 7th grade.
Well, not that last part probably, but definitely the first two.