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Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Notes, Letters, Poems, and Abandoned Rock Operas  by Sarah Brown

Published by Crown, August 2008

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, you’re not alone, and in Cringe, you’ll find a reason to unearth your adolescent angst and have a good laugh—at yourself.

A compilation of real teenage diary and journal entries, letters,
songs, stories, and lists—along with biting commentary, background, and self-examination from the now so-called grown-ups who wrote them—Cringe offers a voyeuristic glimpse at the roller coaster of youth in all of its navel-gazing, soul-searching, social-skewering glory.

Sarah Brown is a writer, a well-known blogger, and the founder and host of Cringe,
the monthly reading series held in New York.