My Secret Diary by Jacqueline Wilson - review
Most of all, her deep passion for writing was shown since she was a very small child and even when she was 14, she was trying to write a good novel. She spent her pocket money on small Woolworth's exercise books in order to write a big-hit novel.
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She wasn't always successful and sometimes she would change her mind and start again! I would recommend this book to girls of because it is a great read especially if you want to have a future in the writing world! To see what such an amazing author went through as a young girl is fascinating! Want to tell the world about a book you've read? Join the site and send us your review! Covering issues as diverse as the songs she danced to and the way she created beehive hairdos to her troubled school life and her parents' problematic relationship.
This follows on from the massive success of Jacky Daydream, her first memoir.
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Written in Jacqueline's usual and inimitable style, this will be fascinating reading for her fans, and for anyone who's interested in life in the UK in the Fifties and Sixties. Find your local bookstore at booksellers. Our Lists. Hi-Res Cover.
A fabulous account of Jacqueline Wilson's teenage years, told through extracts from her teenage diaries, to follow up the huge bestseller, Jacky Daydream. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Return to Book Page. My Secret Diary by Jacqueline Wilson ,. Nick Sharratt Illustrator. A wonderfully written and engaging memoir of Jacqueline Wilson's life as a teenager - her problems with her family, first love, her school life and her friends.
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Read extracts from her real secret teenage diaries and the stories she wrote as a teenager, to build up a fascinating picture of a real teenager and her inner life. Covering issues as diverse as the songs she dance A wonderfully written and engaging memoir of Jacqueline Wilson's life as a teenager - her problems with her family, first love, her school life and her friends. Covering issues as diverse as the songs she danced to and the way she created beehive hairdos to her troubled school life and her parents' problematic relationship.
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This follows on from the massive success of Jacky Daydream, her first memoir. Written in Jacqueline's usual and inimitable style, this will be fascinating reading for her fans, and for anyone who's interested in life in the UK in the Fifties and Sixties. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published March 12th by Doubleday Childrens first published January 1st More Details Original Title.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 07, Emily rated it it was amazing. I have read this many times! As a childhood inspiration, Jacqueline Wilson's book on her life as an early teenager was engaging and insightful. Even though the audience is not my age, I still enjoy it every time I read it.
Defiantly recommend! Jul 29, Yolanda rated it liked it. Alright, if you like that sort of thing. As part of the reading challenge over the summer at my school, we are encouraged to read a book that takes us out of our comfort zones. I chose this one because I don't like chick lit and am not fond of Jacqueline Wilson's work, but am well aware that it's immensely popular with young girls and some boys and also the reasons why.
In fact, I enjoyed reading this a lot more than Wilson's normal books, but think that might be because of a personal interest Alright, if you like that sort of thing. In fact, I enjoyed reading this a lot more than Wilson's normal books, but think that might be because of a personal interest in history. To be honest, this book is basically a lowest common denominator description of a s childhood if your parents were married and from a lower middle class or comfortable working class background, with the one caveat that I'm pretty sure her dad suffered from depression.
Hundreds of thousands of families lived just like the Aitkens as they were and as a representation of that, this is basically a time capsule in literary form. For me, books like this have to exist so that novels covering the more unusual family or young lives of the time can actually be compared with something.
The main standout thing is clearly that Wilson was born a talented writer and developed her talent still further by hard work and reading widely, and her adolescent diaries already show this. I think it's important for teen girls to read this so they can understand how they can achieve their dreams.
Maybe it's just me being a bitter cynic, though, but I'm going to pose the question - could Wilson have done any of this if she hadn't been a baby boomer and thus born at the right time to take advantage of the chances of a changing society? As the book mentions, 'Jackie' teen magazine was named after her - an astonishing achievement. These days, these kind of chances tend to exist online if at all - and if they exist in the world of physical print, it's normally because you know someone.
One point I was interested to read was that Wilson is quite dismissive of fantasy novels, and also was when she was a teenager. As she rightly points out, adolescent fiction which is actually a misnomer because adolescence lasts from , ho hum hasn't really existed as a genre for very long. What did use to exist was incredibly patronising and filled with two-dimensional characters. I read fantasy novels a lot as a teenager, interspersed with very heavy-going adult fiction and factual books, because they offered a glimpse into an 'other' adult world where the same problems existed, but they were dealt with via magic or religion etc.
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From this book, I have the ovewhelming sense that Wilson would not fully understand this or would not have understood it at the time. She also disliked adventure stories which I loved and love, due to their expanded horizons beyond the humdrum existence of the home and basically preferred kitchen sink dramas - apparently, though her favourite novel as a teen was Gone with the Wind, which obviously IS an adventure story as well as being a document of war and a bodice-ripper. This is a literal print confirmation that books like hers aren't aimed at 'people like me.
Jan 13, Den rated it it was ok Shelves: children , I'd forgotten this was part of her series of books which make up her 'dairy' entries. I did like the way, she showed her teenage entry and then expanded on it but it didn't engage me like her story books and I found it hard to keep going at times.
I read this book because I'm a big fan of Jacqueline Wilson writings; and decided to buy this since I would love to know her personal life more, what she was like when was a teenager. And this book turned out just okay for me.
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There are times that I just want to put it on shelf and continue reading like a week later, because the story was not more interesting than her usual children books. However, if you're a fan you'll enjoy reading this. Jacq pulled this book as best as she can to be interesting to read. Well, she nailed it.
The book is as hilarious as the title 'Dating,Dancing,Dreams, and Dilemmas' : p.