Monthly Archives: April 2013

Agnes Nixon’s All My Children Book I: Tara & Philip By Rosemarie Santini

An Annoying Autobiographical Pause: For years I was fascinated with every aspect of daytime soaps, except actually watching them: the visual grammar (Everyone has a hair-halo!) the narrative constructs (Why does a single conversation take all week, while a transatlantic … Continue reading

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Building Your Paperless Library: Digital YA Classics

I’m not shy about doing my reading for this space in public: that is what a commute is for. And so far, nobody has ever questioned me about why a grown woman is so intensely absorbed in, and furiously scribbling … Continue reading

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The Twisted Window By Lois Duncan

This will make the third Lois Duncan title reviewed here in the past year (there is a reason for that, which we’ll get to), this one coming a decade later than the others, but still dealing with dangerously charismatic hunks, … Continue reading

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Movie Madness and/or Mania: A Bucket Of Blood (Roger Corman 1959)

It might be pushing it to say that artistic merit distinguishes Roger Corman’s contributions to the low-budget teenpic of the 1950s; it’s more like technical competence: the actors are believable enough, the boom stays out of the shots, and the … Continue reading

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Summer To Summer (Heart to Heart #1) By Carol Ellis

I have said it before: I just can’t pass up a vintage girls’ series with a gimmick… …but before we get to all of that, what do you think? Is that Courteney Cox on the cover? She appeared on a … Continue reading

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Magazine Madness and/or Mania: Love’s Baby Soft

In celebration of Mad Men‘s return this Sunday, I’ve assembled a collection of magazine ads for one of the most enduring and memorable products of teen girl-dom, Love’s Baby Soft cologne. Which, upon its introduction in 1974, had one of the … Continue reading

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From the Creator of Sweet Valley High, Francine Pascal: Caitlin: The Love Trilogy: Loving, Love Lost and True Love By Joanna Campbell

Caitlin. Beautiful. Dazzling. Charming. Outrageous. Rich. Unforgettable. And very, very clever.    Sweet Valley High is often criticized for presenting unrealistic expectations of one’s teenaged years and promoting unhealthy images of romantic relationships to its young readership: everyone is rich … Continue reading

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