According to Trevor McNevan \"It's a concept record, the entire album will be one story from beginning to end. It's based on a boy (and occasionally a girl) and their diary entries about what's going on in their lives. It deals with faith, doubt, love, death, and the honest questions that surround living and growing up in modern day culture. We're very pumped about this record and are excited to share it with you.\" The cover art was drawn by Worth Dying For guitarist Nathan Parrish.
Instead of just being a random assortment of lighthearted punk songs, Dear Diary is strictly a concept album. And unlike some other concept albums, the story is straightforward and easy to follow. In addition to the song lyrics, the liner notes contain extended \"diary entries\" for each song that help to fully develop the story.
As the album starts, we find that we're listening to the thoughts of a high school boy who has just moved to a new town. He has decided to keep track of what goes on in his life by keeping a diary. The story then progresses through some high school drama that is fairly typical initially. In \"The Unavoidable Battle of Feeling on the Outside,\" we find our high school hero dealing with feeling like an outsider and then receiving assurance from God that he just needs to stick it out. In \"Boy Meets Girl (And Vice Versa),\"he meets a girl who is apparently not only stunning, but is also a Christian. This particular track is mostly just intentionally exaggerated statements about the girl's beauty, some of which are amusing. The story continues on, but escapes the risk of being cheap as we find an unexpected tragedy occurring later. This tragedy shakes the world of both the storyteller and the girl he has befriended, and leads to some fairly deep thoughts on both life and God. In the end, everything is pretty happy and hopeful, which is only appropriate for a pop punk album. 1e1e36bf2d