The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Revised Edition
An Account in Words and Pictures
First released in 2002, this provocative, critically acclaimed novel is now a major motion picture starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, and Alexander Skarsgård.
“I don’t remember being born. I was a very ugly child. My appearance has not improved so I guess it was a lucky break when he was attracted by my youthfulness.” So begins the wrenching diary of Minnie Goetze, a fifteen-year-old girl longing for love and acceptance and struggling with her own precocious sexuality. After losing her virginity to her mother’s boyfriend, Minnie pursues a string of sexual encounters (with both boys and girls) while experimenting with drugs and developing her talents as an artist. Unsupervised and unguided by her aloof and narcissistic mother, Minnie plunges into a defenseless, yet fearless adolescence.
While set in the libertine atmosphere of 1970s San Francisco, Minnie’s journey to understand herself and her world is universal: this is the story of a young woman troubled by the discontinuity between what she thinks and feels and what she observes in those around her. Acclaimed cartoonist and author Phoebe Gloeckner serves up a deft blend of visual and verbal narrative in her complex presentation of a pivotal year in a girl’s life, recounted in diary pages and illustrations, with full narrative sequences in comics form. The Diary of a Teenage Girl offers a searing comment on adult society as seen though the eyes of a young woman on the verge of joining it.
This edition has been updated by the author with an introduction reflecting on the book’s critical reception and value as diary or novel, historical document or work of art. Also included in this revised edition are supplementary photographs and illustrations from the author’s childhood, including some of her own diary entries.
“Phoebe Gloeckner… is creating some of the edgiest work about young women’s lives in any medium.”—The New York Times
“One of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender and beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America.”—Salon
“It’s the most honest depiction of sexuality in a long, long time; as a meditation on adolescence, it picks up a literary ball that’s been only fitfully carried after Salinger.”—Nerve.com
About the Author
PHOEBE GLOECKNER's comics first appeared in underground publications when she was in her teens. She is the author of the critically acclaimed works A Child's Life and Other Stories and The Diary of a Teenage Girl, as well as the illustrator of the annotated edition of J. G. Ballard's The Atrocity Exhibition. The recipient of an Inkpot Award (2000) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008), Gloeckner currently teaches at the University of Michigan's School of Art & Design.
"One of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender and beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America."—Salon
"It's the most honest depiction of sexuality in a long, long time; as a meditation on adolescence, it picks up a literary ball that's been only fitfully carried after Salinger."—Nerve.com
"I thought that Phoebe Gloeckner's story 'Minnie's Third Love' was one of the best comic stories I ever read in my life ... a masterpiece ... she's a great artist."—R. Crumb, cartoonist
"Intensity, thy name is Gloeckner... A complicated combination of standard written-through passages, comic strips and illustrations; it's about as far you can go into the realm of the novel without entirely relying on prose... A tough, necessary read."—Rolling Stone
"Phoebe Gloeckner's finely crafted drawings and emotionally powerful story-telling ability combine in this terrific collection to tell us painful, sympathetic, and hilariously human truths." —Bill Griffith, creator of Zippy the Pinhead
"A pitch-perfect, hauntingly beautiful, deeply empathic conjuring of female adolescence."—Bust magazine
"Minnie is one of the most believable teenage protagonists ever written, a complicated, contradictory child posing as a woman. Her 'Diary' is a page-turner of a very high order and a tour de force of emotional intensity and damage."—The San Francisco Chronicle