Lauren Leto


A nerd girl all grown up. My dad wants me to be an insurance salesman.

Buy my book: Texts From Last Night

Creator and Co-Founder of

Follow me and my funny site at @laurenleto and @tfln.

Contact Lauren Leto at bookporn[at]gmail.

20,000 points if you can name which anime character the baby nerd girl is pretending to be:

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  1. kristenkouk said, on December 9, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Thanks for the add on 20sb! Really excited about your blog and looking forward to the book nerding. You’ve earned a new fan (read: stalker).


  2. Erin Ross said, on December 17, 2009 at 1:00 am

    baby nerd girl is pretending to be a superstar intern at lear. or a pink power ranger.

  3. Lauren Leto said, on December 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    close but nope. anime character…

  4. Anon said, on December 20, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Sailor Moon!

  5. Rafael said, on December 23, 2009 at 10:55 am

    A friend of mine put me on to your site. I love it.
    I think Im in love with you.
    nah, just kidding. Keep up the good work.

  6. Krista said, on December 24, 2009 at 1:36 am


  7. Ademm said, on December 27, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    You seem really cool, and I have found things that interest me on you blog!

  8. koanresuelto said, on January 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I’m really in love with you! and I knew you were Sailormoon before to read the answer…LOL..

  9. Chalutables said, on January 2, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I think you’re a mama T-Rex.

  10. Ernest said, on January 4, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Usagi Tsukino?

    Can’t wait for the (now pre-ordered) book. Hope it’s filled with more evil.

    Now I need to go find out when I became a girl, never became a dungeon master, what to drink and when I was cool in my 20s. Maybe it’s because I picked my nose in Thailand and couldn’t last with that Underground girl. Maybe I should just burn all those books on the fire I did manage to start. Jeff Bezos would be happy.

  11. giga said, on January 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Pink power-ranger?

  12. Paroma said, on January 14, 2010 at 4:25 am

    A friend of mine gave me the link to your site!!! I love it. Keep up the good job🙂

    And you are seriously funny, you know.

  13. Pedobear said, on January 24, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Are those Playboy bunnies on your wall?!


  14. John Paul said, on January 30, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Jem? I think.

  15. Stephen K said, on February 14, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Ugh, the more I delve into this blog the more I fall in love with you. If only because you’re a MASSIVE book nerd and I love it.

  16. jason kasperski said, on February 15, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Didn’t you get the memo? No one reads anymore.

  17. Timothy Moran said, on February 23, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Buy your book? Isn’t it available for free on Google?

    • Lauren Leto said, on February 23, 2010 at 11:24 am

      Google books is only available for public domain works or out of copyright material.

      • Timothy Moran said, on February 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm

        I own the copyrights to”You’ll Be Okay” and can assure you it is neither a public domain work nor out of copyright. Google, currently the subject of a major lawsuit regarding this very issue, has obviously duped you with their propoganda as they are attempting the judge hearing the case. Hopefully the judge is better informed.

    • Dave H said, on March 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm


      I don’t intend to incite a heated debate (or even upset you), but I think qualifying your statement would be slightly less disingenuous. Unless I’m unaware of other locations of your book within Google’s system, 28 (10%) of 285 pages of your book are available from the big G. Failing to mention that makes it sound like your whole book is up there free for the taking.

      It’s my suggestion that you read and check out Masnick’s CwF+RtB (the concept) to see how you could leverage this google thing into free advertising. Again, there’s probably more to this whole thing than I’m seeing… and I don’t want to steal any more of Lauren’s thunder.

      Lauren: good stuff.

      • Timothy Moran said, on March 10, 2010 at 10:35 am


        Disingenuous? The issue here is that regardless of how much of any book – be it 10% or 1% – is published by Google without the permission of the copyright holder, it is illegal. Thank you for your suggestion about trying to leverage Google’s theft of my work into free advertising but to do so would sanction Google’s arrogance and activities and be a contradiction of my purpose. Copyrights are granted to protect against the use of works without the permission of their creators, period.
        Google has offered a settlement of 12 million dollars in a class action lawsuit as compensation. This works out to be about $60 to each author. Imagine I stole your car and then offered to pay you $60 to compensate you. I don’t believe you would be too happy.
        The settlement offered by Google is evidence, and an admission, that what they are doing is illegal. The statutes of copyright law are clear, but Google, as with many corporations and individuals, believes by virtue of their wealth that the law does not apply to them. God bless America.

      • Lauren Leto said, on March 10, 2010 at 10:38 am

        Jesus Christ, Tim, you are so annoying. Go spout your drivel in the 4chan forums or something.

      • Timothy Moran said, on March 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm

        I believe I was responding to Dave, not you Lauren. Dave seems quite capable of responding if he so chooses. It is that exact sense of self entitlement that I wrote of and which you so perfectly exemplify.
        There’s a world out beyond the confines of your gated Grosse Pointe mentality. Maybe one day you might venture across Mack Ave. and learn tolerance for opinions other than your own. I am not annoyed by you, but I do have a sense of empathy as I too was once young and ignorant.
        My “drivel’ is apparently worthy of Dave taking the time to write. I would take this as a positive indication that there may be an audience for your, Texts from Last Night.

  18. Cooper the Trooper said, on March 18, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Read all of your articles… you’re a bitch. Kudos.
    Voltaire would say, “Go, conquer the world!”
    Too bad you’re a woman. Sucks.

  19. Anonymous said, on May 19, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    world outside of grosse pointe gates???? walk across mack??? Pretty sure Ms. Leto has. Where are these gates? We should get some – Alter would be a good site.

    And Mr. Moran,
    your declaration that regardless of how much of any book is published by google without the permission of the copyright holder is overly broad and certainly not entirely correct. You should define “publish” and also consider the “fair use” especially of copyrighted non-fictional materials…

    • Lauren Leto said, on May 21, 2010 at 10:25 am

      Ha! Sean, you are my favorite.

      • Anonymous said, on May 21, 2010 at 10:53 am

        Your stuff here is sweet. I dig it.

  20. Tami said, on October 19, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I’m grabbing your bO.oK

    drop it like it’s hott


    new faN.. sec. eyelash . damn iT.

    deliVer me from darkness



  21. Brittany said, on December 16, 2010 at 8:10 pm


    I’ve been working my way through this blog over the past couple of days ever since a friend of mine linked to “Readers by Author” on facebook. Sometimes when I encounter someone as well-read as you seem to be, I find that person a bit daunting. You, however, approach reading with so much wit and insight while never once sounding snobbish or arrogant.

    I’m also seriously impressed with your view and understanding of authors. When I read the train posting where you wrote short pieces about how different authors might describe a train ride, I was blown away by how accurately you were able to capture their individual voices.

    I read somewhere, I think, that you’re 23? I am as well and I’m beyond happy to stumble upon someone else who appreciates books as much as I do. Thank you for sharing something you’re so obviously passionate about with all of us:)

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