The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures is a diaristic graphic novel by author and artist Phoebe Gloeckner. First released in 2002, the provocative, critically acclaimed novel tells a dark story of sex and drugs in the life of a 1970s teenage girl.

The story is told by its protagonist Minnie Goetze, a 15-year-old girl living in San Francisco, CA. The year is 1976, and Minnie, the daughter of a young single mother, loses her virginity to her mother’s boyfriend, Monroe Rutherford, and soon thereafter begins writing obsessively in her diary. As she careens towards coming-of-age, she searches for love but confuses it with sex. The book presents a complex and jarring look into the interior life of an adolescent girl, and has been described as raw and disturbing, not only because of its subject matter, but because of Minnie’s frank and precociously intelligent point of view and commentary on the lives of the adults in her midst.

The opportunity to design a new cover for the revised edition of Phoebe Gloekner’s novel was a true honor. And, working with her on the project was a great experience. Thanks, Phoebe!

In addition to a new cover, this revised edition has been updated by the author with an introduction reflecting on the book’s critical reception and value as diary or novel, historical document or work of art. Also included in this revised edition are supplementary photographs and illustrations from the author’s childhood, including some of her own diary entries.

Northern California Publishers Group selected Diary for a design award

IPPY Award 2016 (2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards)
Graphic Novel/Drawn Book – Drama/Documentary
GOLD: The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Revised Edition: An Account in Words and Pictures, by Phoebe Gloeckner (North Atlantic Books)

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The novel is now a Major Motion Picture starring Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, and Alexander Skarsgård.