Category Archives: Vintage YA Fiction

Steffie Can’t Come Out To Play By Fran Arrick

To meet a man like Favor on her very first day in New York City… Runaway teen stories if this era can be numbingly repetitive- when 14 year old Stephanie Rudd explains that’s she ditching her terrible family and terrible … Continue reading

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Project Boyfriend By Stephanie St. Pierre

Can Stacey capture Max’s heart, or is her downhill romance destined for a crash landing? This one came out in 1991, fairly late in the run of Bantam’s Sweet Dreams romance imprint, which I didn’t notice until I sat down … Continue reading

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Too Much In Love By Patty Brisco

Then Holly tells Jeff that she’s going to have a baby… Most of romance writer Patricia Matthews credits under the pen name Patty Brisco appear to be in the Gothic and Mystery genres- this contemporary YA Romance/social problem novel for … Continue reading

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Sister of the Bride By Beverly Cleary

Barbara will be in on all the fun… Does our centenarian national treasure really need an introduction? Probably not, but maybe her early Young Adult novels do! Beverly Cleary’s YA romances from the 1950s are less well-known than her later … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Beverly Cleary celebrates her 101st (!!!) birthday today, so I invite you to Drop Everything And Read, maybe starting with the three Cleary YA classics we’ve reviewed here! We’ll return next week to finish off the informal quartet of Cleary’s … Continue reading

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Hollywood Daughters #3: Encore By Joan Lowery Nixon

Erin Jenkins, teen star, feels closer to her show-biz parents than to her real ones, who don’t approve of her television career… Background: The first volume of the Hollywood Daughters series dealt with former child star Abby “Cookie” Baynes and her … Continue reading

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Phoenix Rising By Karen Hesse

You can’t see radiation or smell it or feel it. Could a mask stop it so easily? A few years ago I noted that teen romances with a nuclear power plant meltdown-theme represented a small subset of the genre; I … Continue reading

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