Ahh, the 80’s. Whether you lived through them or just want to know what it was like you will want to take a step back in time and into the pages of On Becoming Me: Memoir of An 80’s Teenager. This diary-style memoir chronicles the friendships and the experiences of what it was like to be Kirsten spanning from 1979 to 1986.
Even though the diaries take place just a generation ahead of mine I found it interesting all the similarities and differences that it seems every girl goes through in their teen years. Obsessions of overweight, acne, boys, and the fear of not fitting in seem to be universal. Being in love with movie stars and certain song lyrics are too. I feel that other than certain subtle references this could be any American teen girl’s story. What makes her story unique is her perspectives and experiences that come across as genuine, heartfelt, and interesting.
I would suggest reading this book if you are a fan of The California Diaries or are craving some authentic 80’s nostalgia that can only be brought to us by those of us who lived and loved every single minute. Kirsten Pursell speaks a thousand voices of the last generation before we became subject to social media when you had to write letters by snail mail and telephones were plugged into the wall. Through her personal diary entries, letters, and photos you will be transported and emerged into her teenage world and hanging on to every single totally radical page.