Category Archives: Vintage YA Fiction

Light Of My Life (First Love From Silhouette #53) By Elaine Harper

Now real life would be an electrifying experience! Background: I am on the record about how I’ve turned around my opinion on Silhoutte’s First Love romances (“AMERICA’S publisher of Contemporary Romance”), especially Elaine Harper’s loopy Blossom Valley adventures, especially when they … Continue reading

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Freshman Christmas By Linda A. Cooney

Skiing snowmen in a frosty Montana playground! While the back cover proclaims this as part of THE HIT SERIES! I wonder exactly how big a hit this series was: I have never come across any fond remembrances of it, although … Continue reading

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My So-Called Life: A Novel Based In The Award-Winning Television Series By Catherine Clark

Less than perfect… I realize I am about to alienate myself from my entire generational cohort, but: I never cared for ABC’s acclaimed, award-winning, Claire Danes-and-Jared Leto-star-making, abruptly canceled, fondly remembered “My So-Called Life”. Aggressively marketed at the time as … Continue reading

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Going on Sixteen By Betty Cavanna

Fervently Julie whispered to the mirror, “I hope.” Betty Cavanna was one of the queens of the Malt Shop genre: gentle coming-of-age stories featuring young heroines facing teenage crises and growing up. Published from the 1940s through the 1960s, these … Continue reading

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Trudy Phillips Headline Year (#2) By Barbara Bates

“I swear I don’t know what this generation of teen-agers is coming to. No respect for order and safety at all!” If it is October, it must be Whitman girls series! We conclude this fall with a look at the … Continue reading

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Nurses Three: First Assigment (#2) By Jean Kirby

For a nurse, she knew, a first assignment like this one could be the most decisive step in her life… Another week in October, another Whitman girls’ series by Jean Kirby, AKA Jinny McDonnell AKA Virginia Bleecher McDonnell. Background: I’ve … Continue reading

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Ginny Gordon And The Lending Library (#4) By Julie Campbell

“This town was made to order for our portable lending library. It’s filled with old people and shut-ins who like to read.” If it’s fall, it must be time for a look at the girls’ series books published by Whitman … Continue reading

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