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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press (Sept. 2 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550376640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550376647
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,454,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-This could be the Go Ask Alice (Avon, 1976) of this millennium. In a journal written for an English assignment, 10th-grade Leslie is completely honest; after all, Ms. Graham has promised never to read her students' work and to keep it in a locked cabinet. The language of this often irritating, often heartbreakingly naive young girl is right on target. Her life could be straight off the WB network; she has a single mom whom she loves but can't communicate with; a dad who recently moved in with his girlfriend; and a wild older boyfriend with whom she is totally obsessed. Fortunately, she has Katie, a steadfast friend who listens to her and believes in her. The relationship with Jason goes bad early on; he gets her drunk, rapes her, and takes Polaroid pictures of her. He is every parents' nightmare: insufferably polite up-front and rich enough to buy his way out of trouble. His behavior becomes increasingly abusive. When Leslie tries to break up with him, he stalks and threatens her. A new English teacher reads the diary and brings it to the attention of the principal, who takes Jason's side. Leslie fears for her life and runs away. This cautionary tale is not easy to read; few of the characters are likable. Most of the adults seem beset with their own personal problems. However, Leslie's voice demands to be heard and readers may learn to avoid her pitfalls. Gripping reading for a mature audience.-Marilyn Payne Phillips, University City Public Library, MO

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Review

An appealing protagonist ... her problems are real ... her emotions ring true. (Judy Sasges VOYA [Voice of Youth Advocates] 2001-02-01)

This could be the 'Go Ask Alice' of this millennium ... Gripping reading for a mature audience. (Marilyn Payne Phillips School Library Journal 2001-04-01)

Stratton captures the rhythms of teen speech, and the subject matter is treated subtly enough. (Horn Book Guide 2001-01-01)

I came to appreciate Stratton's ability to capture the way a girl like Leslie might succumb to a relationship the reader knows from the get-go is bad news ... This book will cause any parent of young daughters to lose sleep. (Marvin Hoffman Houston Chronicle 2001-03-11)

Leslie's Journal is a realistic and thought-provoking glimpse into the mind of a frightened and desperate teenage girl. The writing style reflects Leslie's thoughts and can, in turn, be condescending, derogatory, profane and anti-establishment. Teens will relate to her struggle for independence and her cry for help. This is an exemplary first young adult novel for actor and playwright Allan Stratton.... It fills a gap in the market for books that deal with the dark side of relationships. It is a story of hope and conviction, and one that could give inner strength to any reader suffering from similar circumstances. Recommended. (Carole Marion Canadian Materials 2001-02-16)

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By A Customer on Sept. 17 2003
Format: Paperback
Before I read this book I wasn't much of a reader. When I discovered Amazon.com I looked at the books for teens and this book seemed very interesting. I ordered the book and when I got is read it in one sitting.
This book was so amazing it had everything I needed it had suspence, drama, action, and conflict. I would reccomend this book to any Young Adult reader.
Leslie's Jornal is about an angst ridden teen who's parents were going through divorce. She kind of a bad A$$ and wanted to impress these girls that she hated. so she started going with Jason(the new kid)and the first night she had to much to drink and passed out the next thing she finds out is that he had sex with her passed out body. He starts to get abusive and controlling giving her pills and making her have sex. When she brakes up with him he starts to stalk her and tells her he has pictures of her passed out naked at his house. She went into his house and found her picture along with other girls pictures....I don't want to give away anymore....hope i didn't give away too much . Read it!
Also recommended: Smack, The Torn Skirt, Breathing Underwater, Forged by Fire, Darkness Berfore Dawn, Born Blue, Night, If I Should Die Before I Wake, Speak, I Have Lived A Thousand Years, The Cage, Everytime A Rainbow Dies, Black-eyed Suzie, Monster, Go Ask Alice, The Giver, and Gathering Blue!! Read them All!
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Sometimes it is hard to stand up for yourself or your beleifs. It takes much courage to face something very tragic. Learning to listen to your friends is an important factor in life. Sometimes it takes a big event to realized what friendship really is. Leslie's journal is a suspenseful, fast-paced story about love, friendship, and what it means to stand up for yourself.
Leslie is a normal teenager who hates school and wants to be popular. Everyday in school she writes in her journal and tells about her life. Her parents are divorced and she has a hard time getting along with them. She feels like popularity is more important than friends and family. Leslie meets a new popular guy named Jason at school one day. She thinks he is perfect even though her friends tell her different. The first night alone with Jason, Leslie and him go too far. Because of drinking too much that night, Leslie wakes up not knowing what happened to her. She asked Jason and he tells her that she was the one that wanted to go all the way. She feels weird about it but believes he is telling the truth. As time goes on, Leslie writes in her journal about how Jason starts abusing her. She lies to her friends and family about the bruises. She starts realizing she needs to get out but Jason wont let her go.
As Leslie's life spins out of control, she learns how to stand up for herself. Her only hope is her best friend and family. Through it all, Leslie realizes what is really important in life.
This book is great for teenagers everywhere. It is a great example about how to make the right decisions. You will not be able to put it down after you start reading it.
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By kandis noe on Aug. 26 2003
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Leslie is a normal teenager who hates school and wants to be popular. Every day in school she writes in her journal and tells about her life. Her parents are divorced and she has a hard time getting along with them. Leslie meets a new popular guy named Jason at school one day. She falls in love with him the first time they kiss and they start dating. Leslie feels like he is perfect even though her closets friends tell her different. The first night alone with Jason, Leslie and him go too far. Because of drinking that night, Leslie wakes up not knowing what happened to her. She asked Jason and he tells her that she was the one that wanted to go all the way. She feels disrespected but believes that he is telling the truth. Things get worse as their relationship goes on. Leslie's friends start noticing bruises on her and ask what happened, she lies to them by saying she fell or triped somewhere. In her journal she explains how Jason abuses her if she does'nt do what he wants. After a while she starts noticing she needs to get away from him. He will not allow this to happen and tells her he will kill her if she tells anyone. Leslie cant get away from Jason and her life spins out of control. She can't take anymore and finally tells someone. The ending of the book is great. You will not be able to put it down after you start reading it. Leslie's Journal is a suspenseful, fast-paced story about love, friendship, and what it means to stand up for yourself.
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By Nancy E. on Feb. 10 2002
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Leslie lives in Canada with a less than easy life. Her grades are down the tubes, her parents have spilt up, and she only has one friend. And to top it off everyone seems to think she's going through another "phase." When her English teacher assigns a journal writing project for class she's less than happy than to start writing in it. At first her pages are filled with insulting her teachers, classmates, and her best friend Katie's mother but when she meets Jason everything changes. Jason is an older guy that thrills her like no other. She's estatic when he asks her out on a date. But when their romance turns dangerous she find that she can't get out, can't escape what she's going through. How will she survive this abusive relationship. Leslie's journal is a great journal about living through an abusive relationship with a horrible guy. Leslie's writings are funny, emotional, and at times shocking, without a shred of self pity. If your a fan of books like Trecherous Love or Speak I reccomend this to you. It's really quite an amazing book.
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