Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We will return the week of January 14, 2019!

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The Christmas Killer By Patricia Windsor

She’s dreaming of a dead Christmas…

I didn’t think much of Patricia Windor’s Seventeen short story about a teenage girl deciding not to pursue an affair with an older man, but Christmas-themed YAs are getting to be slim pickings…

The Plot:
…So I was really taken by surprise by the terrific opening to this novel!

15-year-old Rosecleer Potter opens with the news that Nancy Emerson, a younger, less-popular classmate, has been reported missing, and recounts an unsettling encounter she had with Nancy the previous winter. Continue reading

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I Passed as a Teenager By Lyn Tornabene

We’re going into reruns for the next month, constant readers, so that I can work on another literary project (WATCH THIS SPACE!); we’ll return for a Lost Classics Holiday installment the week of December 14, and then return to our regularly scheduled programming in January.

In the meantime enjoy this lost classic from our archive:

Lost Classics of Teen Lit: 1939-1989

Before Drew Barrymore did it in Never Been Kissed, before Cameron Crowe did it for-reals for (the book) Fast Times at Ridgemont High, freelance journalist Lyn Tornabene, “cute and 33”, left New York and went undercover as a teenager in a gigantic suburban high school in an unnamed city “west of the Rockies”, ostensibly to write a series of articles for an editor looking for a new angle on this whole teenager thing that seems to be all the rage. Will she discover that teens of the mid-1960s are a new, dangerous breed that is completely indecipherable to the adults around them? Or will she confirm her suspicions that life is pretty much the same as it was when she was a high school student in the 1940s? Spoilers: yes. Only it’s more like IT IS EXACTLY THE SAME WHY OH WHY GOD IS IT EXACTLY THE SAME??? Frankly, if…

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So You’re A Teenage Girl By Jill Renich

We’re going into reruns for the next month, constant readers, so that I can work on another literary project (WATCH THIS SPACE!); we’ll return for a Lost Classics Holiday installment the week of December 14, and then return to our regularly scheduled programming in January.

In the meantime enjoy this lost classic from our archive:

Lost Classics of Teen Lit: 1939-1989

“Oh, Mother! Don’t you wish you were a teenager!!?”

“No, I don’t, honey.”

So You're a Teenage Girl

Background: Author Jill Renich is the granddaughter of famed 19th century evangelist Reuben Archer Torrey, and she was born and raised by missionary parents in China. That is about all of the information the internet has to offer on her, aside from the fact that she is the author of Developing a Wholesome Sex Attitude in Children and Preparing Children for Marriage, titles which were probably less titter-worthy 40 or 50 years ago.

So You’re a Teenage Girl (So what!) promises to address such “major social crises” as

Sloppy Homework

What to do on a Date

Irritability

Handling Your Emotions

Jill Renich

Look, I was going to go for the easy joke and be all like “This is clearly someone who is hep to The Young People!” But you know what? That is pretty much what…

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Turkey Trot (First Love From Silhouette #117) By Elaine Harper

We’re going into reruns for the next month, constant readers, so that I can work on another literary project (WATCH THIS SPACE!); we’ll return for a Lost Classics Holiday installment the week of December 14, and then return to our regularly scheduled programming in January.

In the meantime enjoy this lost Thanksgiving classic from our archive:

Lost Classics of Teen Lit: 1939-1989

Martha would have to wing it!

Turkey Trot

Another holiday, another seasonally appropriate title from First Love from Silhouette author Elaine Harper!

Background: 236 First Love titles were published between 1981 and 1987 by Silhouette, “AMERICA’S publisher of Contemporary Romance” (distinguishing itself from its main competitor, the Canadian-based Harlequin, which would fold Silhouette into its own operations in 2012). While I have complained before about the lack of effort that goes into these titles, I have to give Harper credit for creating an extremely complex universe for her “Blossom Valley” sub-series.

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Since That Party By Inger Brattström

We’re going into reruns for the next month, constant readers, so that I can work on another literary project (WATCH THIS SPACE!); we’ll return for a Lost Classics Holiday installment the week of December 14, and then return to our regularly scheduled programming in January.

In the meantime enjoy this lost classic from our archive:

Lost Classics of Teen Lit: 1939-1989

When it’s all over, Stella knows that nothing can ever be the same again. Not for Stella. Not for Christopher. And certainly not for Nicholas. Poor Nicholas.

Since That Party

Oh, if only the plot could live up to the cover Scholastic slapped on the 1972 reissue of  Swedish writer Inger Brattsröm’s 1964 novel! (Translation by Eve Barwell) So murky! So brown! So font-y!

The Plot: Brattström covers well-trod ground here: teenagers unthinkingly act selfishly, leads to tragedy. I don’t know if the nuance got lost in translation, but the end result is a pretty dull entry in the genre.

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Tiger Beat Presents: Teenage Love Stories By Sharon Lee and Liz Dagucon

We’re going into reruns for the next month, constant readers, so that I can work on another literary project (WATCH THIS SPACE!); we’ll return for a Lost Classics Holiday installment the week of December 14, and then return to our regularly scheduled programming in January.

In the meantime enjoy this lost classic from our archive:

Lost Classics of Teen Lit: 1939-1989

This is one of those books that is so much more crazy than the cover would indicate. In this case, when I paid 20 cents for it in an upstate New York thrift store, I did not realize how literally I supposed to take the cover. Make no mistake, this is a book about crying. The teenage girl-heroines, their boyfriends, their moms and dads all are in constant danger of floating away on a sea of tears.

Published by Tiger Beat, this is the first volume (!!!) of three short stories that targets an audience of girls who apparently don’t have enough to cry about in their own lives. I really have to rein in the urge to just quote line after line of the jaw-droppingly overwrought descriptions. But enough set up, let’s go to the stories:

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