From starter girlfriends to escapist fantasies to delusional attempts to stand out amongst their peers, Mortified: Love Is a Battlefield revisits the boundlessly embarrassing topic of childhood love, uncovering priceless artifacts of authentic teen angst that tell of unrequited crushes, awkward hookups, odd celebrity infatuations, and all manner of romantic catastrophes. The now older (and allegedly wiser) authors of these letters, lyrics, and journals bravely share their shame in stories that range from sweetly hopeful to borderline psychotic.
Everyone who ever obsessed over whether that guy or girl in algebra class liked them, or, y'know, liked them liked them, will relish this funny and touching valentine to our collective past
Mortified is the creation of David Nadelberg--a writer/producer/angstologist living in Los Angeles, the official town of public humiliation. Since 2002, he has sifted through hundreds of journals belonging to strangers and edited them into comedic pieces. He has written and produced numerous TV pilots for places UPN, VH1 and Comedy Central that were so amazing, they never even aired.
"If Schadenfreude was an Olympic sport, then this book would be its illegal performance-enhancing drug. The baring of souls is seldom this funny or touching. David Nadelberg is the Pied Piper of pre-adult pain." -- Paul Feig, creator of Freaks and Geeks and author of Superstud and Kick Me
"In a world where people are obsessed with Google and MySpace, you'd think a book exposing the private love letters and diary entries of strangers would be anticlimactic, but David Nadelberg has compiled the best and, well, most mortifying into a riveting book." -- Jane