“If you are slightly different, if your face doesn’t fit, they judge you and consign you and throw away the fucking key. They never, ever stop to think that THEY might be wrong, that THEY are making a mistake. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t been the victim of a massive miscarriage of justice - I’m not saying that - BUT I know what it’s like to be stinking judged before people have even bothered to find out what you are about. They have boxed me off into the ugly group even before I have opened my gob.
SOCIETY IS SHIT.”
In 2007, author Rae Earl published My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary, a collection of journal entries she wrote in her teenage years; which features some of her daily struggles as a young girl like herself in the 80’s. From bantering with her mother to dealing with her weight issue to her first experiences, she has put her past life out there for everyone to read; and this is why she is our Girl of The Month.
Each journal entry gives you a glimpse of a teenager’s desire to be physically attractive, to be loved, to be accepted by her peers, and to be happier. On top of that, you are entertained by little random stories about her day and the amount of boy crushes she has. This is what makes the book so relatable and so resonating; that it’s an honest and true account of a girl’s life as told by none other than herself. Rae Earl’s story is beyond raw and real. Some people might say that these problems are quite shallow for her to whine so much about but the thing is, all of that was real and it greatly affected her as a whole. Those problems happened and it is still happening to other teenagers out there.
Now this heart-wrenching yet quirky book has made its way to television on Channel E4 as My Mad Fat Diary. Although there are quite a number of differences, the show somehow gives you the visual idea and message of what the book is about and what Rae wants us, the readers/viewers, to pick up from it. People in all forms, shapes, and sizes will definitely relate to the show as it takes on serious issues that are being experienced by quite the number of youths [such as issues on mental health] that haven’t really been tackled in a strong way by most forms of mainstream media. The way these issues are presented will really hit you hard because they’re shown in such genuine and true to real life situations; which some television shows seem to miss on doing.
The story of Rae Earl makes us realize that it is okay to be different and to be imperfect, because our flaws can lead us to greater things down the road. It also reminds us time and time again that our problems do not make up who we are and what will become of us.
So thank you Rae Earl for this wonderful book and for inspiring so many other young individuals to never give up on themselves!
- Reign Gonzales
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