Book Reviews of It Happened to Nancy : By an Anonymous Teenager, A True Story from Her Diary (Confident Collector)

It Happened to Nancy : By an Anonymous Teenager, A True Story from Her Diary (Confident Collector)
It Happened to Nancy By an Anonymous Teenager A True Story from Her Diary - Confident Collector
Author: Beatrice Sparks
ISBN-13: 9780380773152
ISBN-10: 0380773155
Publication Date: 3/1/1994
Pages: 304
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 109 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed It Happened to Nancy : By an Anonymous Teenager, A True Story from Her Diary (Confident Collector) on
Helpful Score: 7
I just recently finished this book. It is the diary of a 14 yr old girl. You see and for me at 44, remember what it was like to be a teen and how exaggerated our emotions are at that age. I Loved the Positive outlook "Nancy" has on life and really came to like her a lot. Even though I knew how the story ends, it still hurt me when it did. The devastation that is AIDS and the raw innocence of youth is captured in this young lady's well written words. I felt like I got to really know her as I was reading the words and was crushed at the end. I hope she knew that her being raped wasnt her fault but sensed that sometimes she thought it could have been. And then to get AIDS too? So sad.. And I hope he had to pay for what he did. As you can tell, I really liked this book--it is a must read for teens, preteens and adults. And I would like to add--People.. Please be safe and sorry to say, but you cant trust anyone. Poor Nancy did and see what happened to her! Very honest, touching story. My heart goes out to her parents, family and friends, I know they all still love and miss her!
reviewed It Happened to Nancy : By an Anonymous Teenager, A True Story from Her Diary (Confident Collector) on + 28 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Excellent real life story of a young girl with AIDS. This is taken directly from her diary so it really pulls at the heart strings. This story has really stayed with me. With so many medical shows on tv that focus on science and techology, it is nice to read about the person who is sick. Bittersweet.
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Helpful Score: 3
Excerpts from Nancy's diary. She was raped at 14 years old and was infected with HIV. This is the story of how she dealt with her situation, up until the time of her death.
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Helpful Score: 2
I read this book as a teenager myself and found it to be really good. I really enjoy reading the anonymous journal type books. This one was really good and it really makes a valid point.
reviewed It Happened to Nancy : By an Anonymous Teenager, A True Story from Her Diary (Confident Collector) on + 50 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Nancy was an innocent 14 year old when she fell in love for the very first time. But the dream come true didn't last. This is Nancy's own story, taken from the pages of her diary as she faces the cruel reality of AIDS.
reviewed It Happened to Nancy : By an Anonymous Teenager, A True Story from Her Diary (Confident Collector) on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I read this book in one sitting. It is in diary form. The book perfectly shows the thoughts and feelings of a 14 year old girl and she falls in love for the first time.

When my daughter gets a bit older (she's 11), I think I will have her read this. It shows that anything can happen to anyone.

Nancy made some poor choices, but they are the same poor choices that teenages everywhere are making. Her choices had tragic consequences. The book is aptly named, as I think most teenagers think "It won't happen to me." But it CAN.

I was left with many questions at the end and would have like to see more written in the epilogue.
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Helpful Score: 2
I read this book in two sittings after hearing rave reviews from some of my friends and I honestly did not like it. I know this is supposed to be in the pov of a young teenage girl, but I felt like I was reading a 10 year old's diary. And the subject matter isn't something that I'm used to reading, I admit it was a little hard to read at times.

Right after I read it, I posted it again on PBS.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a sad story. Typical of Beatrice Sparks' "edited journals", the writing style seemed a bit forced in places.
reviewed It Happened to Nancy : By an Anonymous Teenager, A True Story from Her Diary (Confident Collector) on
Helpful Score: 1
Very very moving true story! Excellent thought provoking.
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Helpful Score: 1
A heartbreaking true story...
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Helpful Score: 1
A must read
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Helpful Score: 1
I read this in one day. It was so intense!
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very good book. i liked it very much.
reviewed It Happened to Nancy : By an Anonymous Teenager, A True Story from Her Diary (Confident Collector) on
This was a very easy read. Truly Inspirational!
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It wasn't as good as I thought it would be. There were several pages I just skimmed or skipped over entirely because they were a little boring. It's not bad though. It's pretty sad how naive the main character was when she contracted the disease. Typical teenager.
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very sad