A teenage girl runs away from home and her very strict mother, becomes a prostitute and drug-addict, which she writes a book about.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evelyn Lau
Harrison Liu ...
Mr. Lau
Mrs. Lau (as Shirley Cui)
Cai Red ...
Dr. Hightower
Expo Drunk
Carson ...
Hand Job Man
Man on Highway
Management Consultant
Man on Dock
Peter Trower ...
Jonathan Palis ...
Little John Boy
Man at Book Launch


A teenage girl runs away from home and her very strict mother, becomes a prostitute and drug-addict, which she writes a book about.

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24 August 1997 (Croatia)  »

Also Known As:

O Diário de Evelyn Lau  »

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Sandra Oh was picked to play the leading part from over 2,000 performers who auditioned. It was one of her first on-camera roles out of drama school. See more »


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as real as it gets
3 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When I first read this book, I was entranced by the real language and experience that Evelyn shared. Since I have become a social worker, I have passed numerous copies onto my teenage runaway clients, who all report having truly enjoyed the book as a real life experience. I highly recommend the book and the movie. The movie did an excellent job of putting the story into motion picture. The story shows the viewer/reader that child abuse comes in many forms. The emotional abuse Evelyn suffered from her mother happens all the time and is not always recognized for the real harm that it does. Many of my youth clients often say they would have preferred a smack in the face over the hurtful comments their parents made about them.

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