The Diary of a Teenage Dirtbag is an honest and exposing account of the emotional extremes of one girl growing up in Edinburgh during the late 90’s and early 00’s. It captures the turmoil of adolescence in all its excruciating glory.
This book is a real coming of age story. It has all the ingredients of youth: the hopeful naivety, the hedonism, the endless boys, the soul crushing heartache and the never-ending search for that elusive best friend.
The Diary of a Teenage Dirtbag is a collaboration between two very different people, Claire Le Day, just twenty years apart. ‘Teenage Claire’ is drunk and angsty. ‘Adult Claire’ is a level-headed grown-up who may or may not also be drunk as she provides a modern-day commentary for her cringe worthy past.
This book will evoke nostalgia, not only for the era (with its comprehensive soundtrack that defined a generation) but for adolescence itself. It is authentic, heartbreakingly funny and above all else, truly embarrassing.