By: Simon Pulse
The intent of the journal is to keep notes and memories compiled into one great, tightly bound book to be reflected on by your future self. The narrator of this story had purchased her first Diary around the age of 13 or 14 with high hopes of having great and exciting news to fill the pages with. But after a boy, Roger, hurts her, “Anonymous” is sent in a tumultuous new direction. Keeping her diary close, “Anonymous” writes of new friends, her first experience with drugs and the disturbing, winding road that lead her to running away from home numerous times, stealing, scenes of rape and debauchery, her thoughts on God, and the relationships and family members that she’s lost and developed in the span of a year.
Like a lot of teens who get addicted to drugs, “Anonymous” had reached rock-bottom before winding up in an insane asylum. She was soon released, and one of the last few entries she made near the end of her second diary claiming that she was now more adult and believed herself capable of dealing with her life in a more “adult” way and being able to talk to others when things were bothering her is when her life had been ended. Yes, friends, “Anonymous” does die, but not without leaving her memories behind in books for the rest of the world to learn from. I don’t believe this is much of a spoiler since why else would this book have been published if something like this hadn’t happened?
I believe books like these are great tools in helping kids and young adults realize the risks and hazards of experimentation. Although originally published in the ’70’s, hence why at the beginning of “Anonymous'” and her first trip with LSD there was a lot talk of hippies and the use of words like ‘groovy’, etc., this book can still have a profound effect of a young adults understanding. Paired with a lot of other titles like Tweak (Nic Sheff) or Lush (Natasha Friend) and you have a great awareness display in the making!