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Reading Like a GirlNarrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature$
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Sara K. Day

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038112

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038112.001.0001

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“What if Someone Reads It?”

“What if Someone Reads It?”

Concealment and Revelation in Diary Fiction

(p.144) Chapter 5 “What if Someone Reads It?”
Reading Like a Girl

Sara K. Day

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines one common location for disclosure—the diary, which has come to be closely associated with adolescent womanhood in contemporary American culture—and to the ways in which fictional adolescent women diarists actively anticipate readers in spite of the ostensibly private nature of the diary form. It discusses contemporary American novels that adopt the form of a diary, journal, or notebook intended for the purpose of private disclosure and secret keeping. These include Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries series, Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling series, Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, Julie Halpern’s Get Well Soon, and Alyson Noel’s Cruel Summer.

Keywords:   diaries, adolescent women, young adult novels, disclosure, diarists, Meg Cabot, Megan McCafferty, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Julie Halpern, Alyson Noel

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