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You ever hear the one about a girlhood stolen, then reclaimed?
Darkly humorous and casually devastating, this autobiographical collage reads like a locked, hot pink Y2K diary full of suburban darkness, chronicling Diana's Myspace-era coming of age. As she makes the transition from numbed-out teen to young adult, she finds herself unable to move forward in her own tale of romantic love. To find her future, she has to come to terms with and take back a childhood ripped off by incest and abuse.
Each essay puts dark memories in new outfits: late-night confessions to AIM chatbot SmarterChild, every romantic first for better or for worse, police reports, found poems from therapy, and conversations of a Vietnamese family marked by cycles of violence.
Experience the hot, chaotic world of a trauma-fractured girl on a quest to find out if happiness—and not just technical survival—is possible. But how will she know what the bright, glaring light of happiness looks like, after so much time in the dark? Could the boy she fell in love with help, or hurt?
Read this book and tell 10 of your friends about it and you will either get kissed or asked out. If you break this chain your crush will die.
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Girl Noise Press
Release Date: October 5, 2021
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Photographed by Max Benedict
Diana Le is living out her Peggy Olson dreams, working as a copywriter at a small advertising agency in Seattle. Before becoming a copywriter, she worked at the two alternative weekly newspapers in Seattle, Seattle Weekly and The Stranger, where she wrote about music and film. Her personal essays have appeared in Femsplain, HelloGiggles, and Teen Vogue. Suburban Legend is her first book. Visit her at girlnoise.net or on Instagram @girlnoise.
Diana Le works as a copywriter in Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Cinema Studies, which she's still recovering from. She previously worked at Seattle Weekly and The Stranger where she wrote about music and film.
Her personal essays have appeared in Femsplain, HelloGiggles, and Teen Vogue. Suburban Legend is her first book.
She founded Girl Noise Press in 2021 to encourage and celebrate girls making cool shit in their bedrooms and sharing it.
Diana lives in an ethereal '80s teen grandma apartment with her 17-year-old tortoiseshell cat, Slugbug.
Visit her at girlnoise.net or on Instagram @girlnoise.