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Love At First Sight (First Love From Silhouette #9) By Elaine Harper

How could nature have produced such virile perfection? Background: I am on the record about how I’ve turned around my opinion on Silhouette’s First Love romances (“AMERICA’S publisher of Contemporary Romance”), at least when it comes to Elaine Harper’s terminally … Continue reading

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Announcing the 2022 Edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club!

Full name: Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature Defined As Books Authored By, About or Widely Read By Women in the 20th Century. This year, the Love Stinks edition. I’m announcing it early and trimming the … Continue reading

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Movie Madness And/Or Mania: Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones (1971)

Back in 2014 I wrote about the 1967 teens-in-trouble classic Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones, in which author Ann Head (the penname for non-YA writer Anne Wales Christensen), tells the story of how two high school seniors cope with … Continue reading

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Fat Jack By Barbara Cohen

“A person never gets over high school, Judy.” I’ve written before about my general impression of YA fiction moving from topical issues based on shock value in the 1970s (Drugs! Cults! Satan!) and into more internal crises of the characters … Continue reading

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Kathleen (Sunfire Romance #8) By Candice F. Ransom

There were times she wished she’d never come to America… Background: Scholastic’s Sunfire series is a cautionary tale about judging a YA Romance by its cover. Lurking behind the overheated cover art and melodramatic taglines are some of the best stories and most … Continue reading

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Movie Madness And/Or Mania: The Late Great Me! Story Of A Teenage Alcoholic (1979)

A number of ABC’s Afterschool Specials (and CBS’s School Break Specials and NBC’s Special Treat) have been made available on YouTube; while usually associated with heavy-handed renderings of TEEN ISSUES (DRUGS! DRINKING! SHOPLIFTING! CULTS! ALL THE GREATEST HITS!) a number of these specials adapted contemporary … Continue reading

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Christopher Cool TEEN Agent #3: Department of Danger By Jack Lancer

The Department of Danger! There was something about the words that sent a faint chill down Chris’s spine. Background: It is somewhat comforting that (for at least a few more volumes) I know I can always fall back on Jack … Continue reading

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Happy New Year, New Book and Site Updates!

I am very excited to announce the publication of Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction 1950 to 1985, the third collection of essays on 20th century popular and pulp paperbacks and mass culture. Edited by Andrew Nette and … Continue reading

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Hawaiian Christmas (Super Seniors #2) By Eileen Goudge

An island reunion of romance, surf and sun! The cover is telling: this book is just as busy and confusing yet generic as the graphic design choices. I had to defer to the folks at Fantastic Fiction over how to … Continue reading

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Wrapping Up The Imaginary Summer Book Club: She Let Him Continue By Stephen Geller

(Click here for information on the 2021 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature.  This week, the 0final selection She Let Him Continue By Stephen Geller) Well, as usual, what was intended to be a … Continue reading

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