It's 1990, I'm nine years old and this is my favourite book.
It is the funniest thing I have ever read. I take it to school and show it to everyone. At home I force my older brothers to read it, pushing the pages into their faces and saying, "Look! Look! Look how funny this is, aren't you impressed by it and therefore impressed by me, your little sister who you generally ignore???" Well - not saying that - but meaning that.
Along with the diaries of Adrian Mole and the TV comedy of The Mary Whitehouse Experience, I have to say I feel like Trev and Simon's Stupid Book shaped me in some way - it certainly shaped my humour, and the way I use humour to connect with people.
The Kylie Minogue gag was probably my *favourite* favourite (I thought it was soooo funny and also clever), but I also loved Little Timmy and his balloon, the fake phone line ads, and I would have definitely ordered a My Little Plastic Fork if I could have done.
I totally missed the Margaret Thatcher bashing - that's a nice little bonus as I read it now.
So there you go - a true literary treat.
(27 years on and technically I'm still pushing the pages of this book into people's faces.)
Quotes From My Teenage Diaries is an ongoing project as I re-read and reflect
on the diaries I kept from the age of 11 to 16.
You can read Part 1: BEST FRIENDS here,
Part 4: MY SOUL AMBITION here,
Part 5: MEATLOAF here,
Part 6: MARK OWEN here
Part 7: A KITTEN! here
PART 8: PHILLIP SCHOFIELD here
PART 9: I HAVE A FEW PLANS here
PART 10: HEATWAVE, here
PART 11: CHRISTIANITY, here.
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