The Aqua Net Diaries
A Memoir

Jennifer Niven tackles her most harrowing expedition of all: high school. Her first two books, The Ice Master and Ada Blackjack, relayed the tales of deadly and dramatic Arctic adventures, but now she tells a survival tale of a different kind—her own thrilling, excruciating, and utterly unforgettable adventure in a midwestern high school during the 1980s.

Richmond, Indiana, is a place where people know their neighbors and go to church on Sundays. It also has only one high school with 2,500 students, and for many of the students and the townspeople, it is the center of the universe. In The Aqua-Net Diaries, Niven takes readers through her adolescent years in full, glorious—and hilarious—detail, sharing awkward moments from the first day of school to driver's ed to her first love against a backdrop of bad 1980s fashion and big hair. Like Chuck Klosterman in Fargo Rock City, Niven's voice perfectly captures the pain, joy, and shame of going through adolescence in America's heartland, making a funny, touching, and universal experience.

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Praise

Hair-raisingly funny.Entertainment Weekly

Whether she's organizing a speech team, arguing with classmates about Walter Mondale, or talking on the phone with Matthew Broderick, Niven relays it with humor, even if it was humiliating at the time. Everyone will recognize themselves or people they knew in Niven's chronicle.Booklist

Niven gifts readers with long-forgotten artifacts of teenage life. And she presents it all with laugh-out-loud, acerbic wit that brings to mind the style of David Sedaris. Take a hilarious and touching trip back to high school in the smart and sassy hands of Jennifer Niven!Feathered Quill

The memoir flows with the grace of a figure skater, and is highlighted by the wit of a charming observer. A "must read" for women who would love to revisit the past, and a "must read" for men who would love to understand women.The Log Cabin Gazette

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