Someday Soon (Heart To Heart #2) By Vicki Tyler

Annie wonders if anyone will ever like her that way…

I’ll say it again: I cannot resist a YA romance series with a gimmick, whether it is time travel, a talking dog, or he said/she said two-in-ones.

The Heart-to-Heart Series (stylized as Heart t🖤  Heart) is one of the “twofer” series, the gimmick being that the first “book” details the heroine’s love life (or more likely, lack thereof) at age 13 or 14, then the second “book” skips ahead to age 17.

The series ran for only 5 volumes, published between 1985-86, and each book had a different author, so they vary wildly in both quality and style (I was surprised to find this was written in the first person), even if the plots are pretty generic.

The Plot: 13-year-old Annie Kozarich is feeling bummed out as her 8th grade school year concludes, confessing:

All of a sudden it seems like everyone else in the whole world is a sexy somebody- and I feel like a nobody.

Her longtime BFF, Leslie, has skated through her awkward phase and is now boy-crazy, and is determined to drag Annie along for the ride, and her beautiful 17-year-old sister, Sally, gives Annie an inferiority complex just by existing. Her parents still treat her like a baby, insisting that she’s not old enough to stay home alone after school (Mom’s a secretary studying to be a CPA in night school) and insist that she go to the babysitter with her bratty little brother.

But worst of all, Annie has been nursing a crush on Sally’s long-time boyfriend, Hank, a college freshman, which started over a repeated case of telephone mistaken identity:

“Still my girl?” Hank would say softly, right after I’d said hello. Uh-oh, I’d think. Usually, after that, I’d giggle (a bad habit I’m trying to break) and say, “It’s not Sally, Hank, it’s Annie.” And then he’d get embarrassed and a little mad and ask me to get Sally right away

Sometimes, though, I’d wait for just a second before I told him who he really was. I’d listen to him breathing over the line and think: This is what it’s like to have someone be crazy about you.

And Hank is around ALL THE TIME, eating dinner and watching Hill Street Blues with the family every week.

Leslie is extremely pushy about getting Annie to bust out of her funk and insists that they go trolling for boys at the Mall, where he has her eyes on a dreamy shoe salesboy. That’s how Annie gets talked into spending her entire allowance on tube socks. While Leslie’s plot to get shoeboy to notice her is a flop, Annie’s eye is caught by a demonstration by the YMCA’s tennis clinic. While Annie is genuinely interested in learning about the game, Leslie picks up Jeff and Zack, who are loathsome bores even for 13-year-olds. Yet somehow, Annie finds herself being talked into a trip to the lake for a “paddleboat war” and double date that weekend.

Fate intervenes when Hank calls Friday morning looking to see if the Kozariches need any U-Pick strawberries; Sally is at work, but Hank invites Annie to join him. Leslie is furious that Annie is abandoning her:

“Sometimes I think you don’t even want guys to like you or be popular at all. You don’t even try.”

I am sure all of the Hank-and-Annie stuff is intended to be totally innocent, but I don’t think it would fly in 2021: while he encourages her to give tennis a try, he also makes a big thing about  making her lean into him on the turns in the car, saying that “Sally would be jealous” if she found out, and assuring her she could pass for “at least sixteen.”

Also:

“Hey, Annie,” he said, “give it a try. A lot of people who can’t get in to other sports really like tennis. Of course, you have to sweat a lot, but it’s really great for staying in shape.”

Hank! Did you just neg a 13-year-old????

When Annie brings up the tennis lessons at the Y her family is not supportive, and very much all “but you’re good at math,” her youngest brother sneering “Sure, Mom her nickname at school is Super Jock, didn’t you know?”  Annie loses it and tells her entire dumb family to shut up and leave her alone.

The next day her sad-sack oldest brother has come home to drop a load of laundry on Mom, and it starts in all over again:

“Hey there, Shrimp,” he said, reaching up to mess up my hair. “So, I hear you’re going to be the next Tracey Austin, huh?”

“I still don’t see why nobody in this family can treat me like a normal person.”

Have you thought about joining a really boring cult the next time you’re at the mall?

Annie does get her parents to agree to spring for the tennis lessons, and she works hard to learn and improve over the summer. Hank leaves for a road trip with his friends, and Annie is disturbed when Sally starts dating other guys, including her boss at Just Jeans. Annie and Leslie eventually make up, and Leslie ropes her into a scheme to have a boy-girl party for her birthday at the end of August.

The big day rolls around and Annie is thrilled that Hank will be back in time, even if the only boys she can come up with to invite to the party are the ones in her tennis class and Tom, her main math-rival.

But Sally and Hank don’t put in an appearance at the party because they have to go have a Very Serious Talk, and at the end of the night Sally explains that she has broken up with him, although she gives Annie Hank’s birthday present for her, a cameo necklace with the accompanying note:

Happy Birthday to my berry-picking buddy. Love, Hank

Annie puts on the necklace, vowing to never forget Hank.

Conclusion of Book One

What will happen to Annie as she gets older? How will she have changed by the time she is seventeen? To find out turn the page…

As Annie starts the summer before her Senior year, we learn that Sally is finally moving into her own apartment, and as Annie helps her move the dresser out of their shared bedroom, they find the necklace that Hank gave her, so I guess she eventually got over him.

We learn that Annie and Leslie are still BFFs, even if they mostly run around with different crowds. Most of the plot in the second half is about Leslie getting Annie a job with her at Donut Hut, where they have to wear hideous hot pink uniforms and laugh off the sexual harassment:

“Like Jack, the dishwasher, is this older guy who loves to flirt with all the girls. But he doesn’t mean anything by it. Just don’t let him see that he’s making you nervous, and after a while he’ll leave you alone.”

It is at the Donut Hut that Annie meets Michael McGuiness, who is a year older than herself and works at the local supermarket and is trying to save up money to go to forestry school. HE IS EXTREMELY TOUCHY ABOUT THIS SUBJECT, and Annie feels unhealthily responsible for helping him to achieve his dream.

When her wealthy tennis-class friend, Rachel, hears about this she says that her father can help Michael get into a forest ranger internship program for disadvantaged youth at a new state park. When Annie eagerly tells Michael that this will solve all of his problems, he freaks about Annie telling his private business to everyone and stops speaking to her.

She mails him the application anyway, along with a note confessing her love for him, which still gets no response. So, she calls his house and speaks to his mother, who advises

“Just give Michael a little more time. He’s a very proud boy, you know.”

I mean, just let that toxic masculinity cultivate for a while.

Eventually Michael relents and shows up at Donut Hut with on Annie’s birthday with a book about how to find a job as a computer programmer.

Conclusion of Book Two

Sign It Was Written in 1985 Department: Sally has a glamourous mall job at Just Jeans, so Annie makes Leslie shop at their competitor, Denim Express.

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2 Responses to Someday Soon (Heart To Heart #2) By Vicki Tyler

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m working on collecting this series now but there are 9 books in the series. I have all but one (:

    • mondomolly says:

      They are hard to find! I have 5 of them, but haven’t seen any available for years. In the past I was able to find them on PaperbackSwap sometimes. Good luck and thanks for commenting!

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