The Diary of a Teenage Girl: 'The Jane Austen of Juvenile Delinquents'

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Diary Between the ages of 15 and 18, until her death in 1999, a teenager named Mary Rose wrote about her life in her diaries. (Copyright: Eugenio Marongiu/Shutterstock)

Between the ages of 15 and 18, until her death in 1999 of cystic fibrosis, a Pennsylvania teenager named Mary Rose wrote unguardedly in her journals, describing her fights with her mother, a magnet for abusive, criminal boyfriends; her own experiences with romance, sex, alcohol, and drugs; and living with cystic fibrosis. Gillian McCain discusses creating the book Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose from diary entries and letters, edited with Legs McNeil. She’s joined by Mary Rose’s mother.  

Dear Nobody, edited by legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
Dear Nobody, edited by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain



Mary Rose’s mother and Gillian McCain

Comments [4]


I just ordered the Kindle version of this book. I'm extremely curious to see a picture of the real Mary Rose and put a face to a story. Its driving me crazy not being able to do that.

Jul. 10 2014 12:50 PM

Gillian McCain's stern and dismissive comment, "People don't die from LSD overdoses," is highly problematic, especially in the context of a discussion over a book published with an intended audience of minors. The only thing that baffles me more than her comment is the fact that no one on air disputed it.

Jul. 09 2014 01:04 PM

Yes it is available as an iBook

Jul. 09 2014 01:02 PM
Fran heyman

Is this book available as an iBook?

Jul. 09 2014 12:55 PM

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