So, oddly enough there are a series of books which came after The Diary of a Teenage Girl, titled Diary of a Teenage Girl (no “the”) which are Christian books focused on bringing high school aged girls closer to Jesus… or that’s what I can tell from their website… Here’s a synoposis of one of the books: Chloe Miller is a free spirit with funky clothes and dramatic hair. She struggles with her own identity, classmates, parents, boys, and—her biggest question—whether or not God is real. But this high school freshman definitely doesn’t hold back when she meets Him in a big, personal way. Refusing to change her image to fit into the “stereotypical Christian preppy mold,” Chloe expresses God’s love through the girl band she forms, Redemption.
Yeah. Really couldn’t be more different from what Diary is about. And someone brought up to me recently, that perhaps they created these books in direct response to THE diary of a teenage girl. Interesting thought. Phoebe’s work has been banned from certain libraries, and many people have been scared by the honesty that they read in her book. She’s kinda the Harry Potter of teenage girl genre books… spooking the right wing by her honest metaphorical story about teenage girls which clearly promotes witchcraft and mocks authority, and lures young girls into demonic thinking. Hmm. Not exactly. Amazing that such an honestly told, brave story could make people so scared.
At least the pope hasn’t condemned The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Yet.