I’m not a parent. I, of course, was never a girl. I have no experience with journals—at least the kind that Leanne kept. So, I feel like I’m outside my expertise on this entire topic.
However, my guess is hers was not unlike many others that were written at the time and since by teenage girls. Yes, the sex and the skipping school are things that I hope no 14 year old girl is doing, of course. But what I’m talking about is the overall feeling of it—Leanne baring her soul to the pages of a book she thought nobody else would read.
And remember, her parents knew nothing about it. And I think that’s a key point here. Whereas, my belief is most parents do know although they may not have immediate access to their children’s journals.
Having written all that, I think I should remind you what Alan said. He stated that nowhere in the book did Leanne write that she and Barry had sex. To hear Alan tell it, Barry was more like a mentor or big brother. A confidant.Edward Dentzel | Patreon Blog