The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner

Author: Phoebe Gloeckner

Context: The Diary of a Teenage Girl is about real-life story of a teenaged girl’s sexual relationship with an adult boyfriend of her own mother and how she spirals downwards into abuse and addiction. Her graphic novel was released in 2002 and in 2015 it was adapted into the film, Diary.

Synopsis: The teenager’s stand-alone illustrations, the chronicled diary, cassette-recorded journal, actual and contemporary comics and drawings, depicting her experiences as she went through during that time are well presented in juxtaposed prose passages by the Phoebe Gloeckner. Adult understanding of the events that befell her is reflected by everything the teenager has presented.

The arduous subject matter which is the experiences of an abused, awful, ugly, sad or silly teenager,has been tackled well by the author while staying true to the teenager’s experiences.

Resulting work of the Phoebe Gloeckner is a complete blend of grown-up empathy, satiated cynicism and youthful naïvete, letting no one off the hook but at the same time does not condemn or judge anyone. The author leaves it upon the reader to become a sort of proxy for the teenager to make those decisions as she herself was unable to do so.

Other works by the author:

1992 – Encyclopedia of Unusual Sex Practices

1994 – Weird Things You Can Grow

1997 – Weird But True: A Cartoon Encyclopedia of Incredibly Strange Things; by Phoebe Gloeckner and Janet Goldenberg

1998 – The Exploding Toilet (Harper Trophy S.) by Phoebe GLoeckner and Catherine Daly-Weir

1998 – Baby-sitter’s Nightmare (Harper Trophy S.); by Phoebe Gloeckner and Kristin Gilson

1999 – The Chicken-fried Rat (Harper Trophy S.)

2003 –  9 of 1: A Window to the World; by Phoebe Gloeckner and Oliver Chin

2007 – Vida de una nina / A Child’s Life and Other Stories; by Phoebe Gloeckner and Robert Crumb

2018 – Best American Comics (2018)

Diario de una adolescente (Spanish Edition),

Embryogenesis: Species, Gender and Identity; by Phoebe Gloeckner and Richard Grossinger

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