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Jessica Knoll, Age 11

Formerly a senior editor at Cosmopolitan and the articles editor at SELF, Jessica Knoll is author of the New York Times bestselling novel Luckiest Girl Alive. Presented here is a diary entry written when she was in middle school.

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— Jessica Knoll, Age 11

Jessica Knoll

“This journal entry is from a diary I started in 1995, when I was in the fifth grade. I went through bursts of consistency with it, and the last pages follow me to the end of high school. This entry is from summer 1996, which would have been the summer before sixth grade, when I was eleven years old. At the time, I attended an all girls Catholic school in the suburbs of Philadelphia and was on the verge of an epic rebellion. In a year, I would go on to chop off all my hair, dye it red with Kool-Aid, and trade my GAP khakis for huge JNCO jeans from Hot Topic. Kurt Cobain posters went up all over my room. In my wise pre-teen words, ‘I’m like different and I love it.’”