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Dear Diary, When I grow up, I'm going to read you out loud in a bar . . .

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At bars across the continent, grown-ups are giving public readings of their cringe-worthy teen diaries. (Courtesy of Mortified)


Blaise Kearsley reads from her teen diary at Freddy's Bar & Backroom in Brooklyn, New York. (Emily Rauhala/CNS)

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Anthologies of teen diary entries can now be found at bookstores across the country. (Courtesy of Mortified)


Actor Michael Showalter reads excerpts from a literary journal he published as a teen. (Emily Rauhala/CNS)

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Grown-ups give public readings of cringe-worthy teen diaries to surprising acclaim.