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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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)
I enjoyed reading Leslie's Journal and I hope it serves as a lesson to young girls who are too naive to recognize when they have gotten into a poisonous relationship. Read morePublished on June 15 2006 by Brown Sugar
I wrote a very long review about why I didnt like this novel, and why it was written for grade 6's with content for grade 10+
Unfortunatly, it was removed.
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This book was great . a must read for teens !! she gets raped and her boyfriend is abusive! read this book!!! Wroth every penny!!Published on June 18 2004
I'll admit I didn't have the highest hopes for this story about Leslie, a daughter of divorced parents, who starts to write her most personal thoughts in a journal assigned to her... Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Victory Silvers
I would like to start off by saying that i really enjoyed this book! As i read it, it seemed like i had grown with the character as she went through her trying times with the boy... Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004
This is definitly one of my favorite books! I couldn't put it down. The characters are very realistic and relatable! It's great for the middle school and high school age. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2003 by "kimmyjam6"
I thought this book was a great booke. It's abouu a real life situation that could happen to anybody. I just thought that it was a really good book. Read morePublished on July 1 2003
I was on the edge of my seat. I couldn't stop reading this book because I needed to know what would happen to Leslie next. Read morePublished on June 23 2003 by Damonica Partin
"Leslie's Journal" is the typical story of a teenage girl whose boyfriend abuses her. Though the story has been told so many times before, this one is especially good. Read morePublished on April 26 2003 by Willow