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LAist Book Review: Mortified's Love Is a Battlefield

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We've all been through our share of love-related misery, but probably most of us can look back on our teen years as the most horrific of them all, from unrequited love, tumultuous off-and-on romances, first times, moral dilemmas, and passionate moments amplified by the pure drama of adolescence.

This is precisely what the folks from Mortified bring to their readers in their second book, Love is a Battlefield, assembled by Mortified guru and editor David Nadelberg. And they go right to the source: Real diaries from real people about real matters of the heart.

LAist loves the first tome of pure angst, and loves going to see the readings live here in LA, so it's no surprise that we heart the love-themed volume that hit shelves earlier this month--yes, just in time for Valentine's Day.

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The book offers a broad sampling of bad poetry and hair-band wannabe lyrics, notebook doodles, compulsive calendar chronicles, love letters (to Leonard Nimoy!) along with the delicious brand of wisdom proffered only by those who are anything but world-wise--but who think they are.

First kisses, first crushes, first journeys to the dark side of "going all the way" and first loves fill the pages of Love is a Battlefield, which will make you feel both a kinship for your fellow soldier in past adolescent-angst, and a pinch of relief that those cringe-worthy days are (or should be!) behind you. It's a great book to leave on the bedside table, either to comfort you in your lovelorn moments, or to laugh out loud and share with your special someone.