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Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Notes, Letters, Poems, and Abandoned Rock Operas
Did you keep a diary during your teen years? Do you have a box of loopy-cursive, never-sent notes to your crush? Or some overwrought poetry about your bleak existence? An unfinished rockopera? Well, youâ€™re not alone, and in Cringe, youâ€™ll find a reason to unearth your adolescent angst and have a good laughâ€”at yourself.
A compilation of real teenage diary and journal entries, letters,
songs, stories, and listsâ€”along with biting commentary, background, and self-examination from the now so-called grown-ups who wrote themâ€”Cringe offers a voyeuristic glimpse at the roller coaster of youth in all of its navel-gazing, soul-searching, social-skewering glory.
Cringe -worthy excerpts include
Really bad poetry:
I lumber like the sad clown with
the hope that my performance
might make you smile.
Yet I am a flickering star over
a cloudy sky.
Blush-inducing pep talks:
OK. Itâ€™s the end of February. No more
kidding around! You have to go out
with someone! You havenâ€™t gone out
with someone since the summer!
At least fool around with someone!
Come on! Youâ€™ve got it in ya!
My mom is madly in love with
her boyfriend. . . . Cool! Heâ€™s so rich
. . . I could get a lot out of thisâ€”
vacations, a carâ€”if he buys my mom
one + she gives me hersâ€”psyche!
And rages against the world at large:
I am living in a dream world.
Wishes are a bunch of crap.
They never come true so whatâ€™s
the use of even wasting your
time hoping theyâ€™ll come true
when they donâ€™t?
Inspired by the New Yorkâ€“based reading series of the same name, Cringe will help you realize that being a grown-up isnâ€™t all that terrible. At least you donâ€™t have to worry about whoâ€™s going to be at the mall anymore.