Dear Diary: Books for Teens

Anonymous. Annie's Baby: The Diary of Anonymous, a Pregnant Teenager (edited by Beatrice Sparks). 1998.
362.8392 A PBK
Annie expresses her thoughts and feelings about her relationship with a boy two years older and the decisions her pregnancy forces her to make.
Anonymous. Go Ask Alice. 1971.
613.83 G PBK
This classic diary is a powerful account of a fifteen-year-old girl's drug addiction.
Anonymous. It Happened to Nancy. 1994.
Fourteen-year-old Nancy, meets 18-year-old Colin who appears to be the man of her dreams -- until he rapes her, leaving her HIV-infected.
Anonymous. Treacherous Love: The Diary of an Anonymous Teenager (edited by Beatrice Sparks). 2000.
At first Jennie is thrilled by her relationship with a teacher, but slowly her diary becomes a record of her loneliness, pain and confusion.
Callahan, Steven. Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea. 1986.
910.091631 C PBK
When his small sloop sank west of the Canary Islands, Callahan was left adrift in the Atlantic in a small, inflatable raft with three pounds of food and eight pints of water.
Cabot, Meg. The Princess Diaries. 2000.
Insecure 14-year-old Mia Thermopolis discovers that she is actually Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo of Genovia.
Cole, Sheila. What Kind of Love: The Diary of a Pregnant Teenager. 1995.
Fifteen-year-old Valerie Larch becomes pregnant after her first sexual encounter.
Frank, Anne. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. 1952.
Anne's diary becomes her best friend while she and her family are in hiding from the Nazis in a secret room above a factory in Amsterdam.
Glovach, Linda. Beauty Queen. 1998.
Nineteen-year-old Samantha's diary depicts her life, after leaving home, as a topless dancer and a heroin addict.
Haddix, Margaret. Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey. 1996.
Required to keep a journal for sophomore English class, but allowed to mark those entries she doesn't want her teacher to read, Tish begins to describe her difficult life.
Hailey, Kendall. The Day I Became an Autodidact: And the Advice, Adventures, and Acrimonies That Befell Me Thereafter. 1988.
This autobiography is based on a journal Hailey began before her junior year in high school when she decided to become self-educated or an "autodidact."
Hamilton, Morse. Effie's House. 1990.
Running away from her mother and pregnant by her stepfather, 16-year-old Bizzy faithfully records her feelings and secrets in a journal.
Keyes, Daniel. Flowers for Algernon. 1966.
Mentally handicapped Charlie Gordon participates in an experiment which makes him a genius, but only temporarily.
Marsden, John. So Much to Tell You. 1989.
FICTION Unicorner
Badly scarred emotionally and physically after her father throws acid in her face, Marina refuses to speak and communicates only through her journal.
McCafferty Megan. Sloppy Firsts. 2001.
Diary entries and letters to her best friend reveal how a sassy young woman survives teenage-hood.
Moriarty, Jaclyn. The Year of Secret Assignments. 2004.
Three female students from Ashbury High write to three male students from rival Brookfield High as part of a pen pal program, leading to romance, humiliation, revenge plots, and war between the schools.
Orgel, Doris. Risking Love. 1984.
Notes from her sessions with a psychiatrist reveal 18-year-old Dinah's growing understanding of her feelings of rejection.
Pfeffer, Susan. The Year Without Michael. 1987.
In her journal, Jody describes the gradual disintegration of her family when her 14-year-old brother Michael disappears and the family spends the next year frantically searching for him.
Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. 1999.
This hilarious fictional journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson captures the joys and angst of being a teenager.  Sequels are On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson and Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas: Further, Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson .
Rinaldi, Ann. Wolf by the Ears. 1971.
Through journal entries, Harriet Hemings, the daughter of Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings, describes the conflict she experiences when faced with the choice of remaining a slave or leaving Monticello for a life of freedom in which she will pass for white.
Roth-Hano, Renee. Touch Wood: A Girlhood in Occupied France. 1988.
FICTION Unicorner
The author tells the story, in diary format, of what happened to her and her family during the Nazi occupation of France.
Sebestyen, Ouida. The Girl in the Box. 1988.
FICTION Unicorner
Kidnapped and left in a dark "box" about eight feet square, Jackie has only a typewriter and a ream of paper that she was carrying.
Sparks, Beatrice. Kim: Empty Inside: The Diary of an Anonymous Teenager. 2002.
Seventeen-year-old Kim, feeling the pressure of maintaining an A average to stay on her college gymnastics team, becomes obsessive about her weight and develops anorexia.
Terris, Susan. Nell's Quilt. 1987.
Nell's year-long journal begins in 1899 when she is so devastated by the idea of marrying a man she doesn't want that she subconsciously begins to starve herself.
Townsend, Sue. The Adrian Mole Diaries. 1985.
In his secret diary, British teenager Adrian Mole details every morsel of his turbulent adolescence.
Wersba, Barbara. The Best Place to Live is the Ceiling. 1990.
FICTION Unicorner
In the form of journal entries addressed to his psychiatrist, an unhappy teenaged boy tells of his adventures abroad when he flies to Zurich on a whim and becomes involved in romance and international intrigue.
Zindel, Paul. The Amazing and Death-Defying Diary of Eugene Dingman. 1987.
On his fifteenth birthday, Eugene begins a diary in which he records all the bizarre events of the summer he spends as a waiter at a ritzy resort in the Adironack Mountains.