Tag Archives: 1981

Mazes and Monsters By Rona Jaffe

These players… could be anybody’s kids; bright young college students sent out to prepare for life, given the American Dream and rejecting it to live in a fantasy world on invented terrors. Background: Rona Jaffe is best known for her first … Continue reading

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Give And Take By Tricia Springstubb

New loves… old friends… Does growing up mean choosing between them? This is a recent reader-request, but also a book that I’ve picked up probably 20 times in the past two years, before rejecting it and throwing it back on … Continue reading

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Debbie By John Benton

An exciting new habit carried an unexpected price tag! Contemporary YA fiction dealing with social problems (delinquency, prostitution, drugs, etc.) kind of wusses out when it comes to depicting the lurid details. There is a reason why the patently fake … Continue reading

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Green Eyes By Suzanne Rand

Will Julie’s crazy jealousy destroy the love she waited so long to find? I may have been too quick to judge the photographic covers of Bantam’s Sweet Dreams YA romances as being “bland”. While they don’t have the wacky appeal … Continue reading

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I Love You, Stupid! By Harry Mazer

It’s hard to be the world’s greatest lover when you think you’re the world’s only virgin… The Plot: High school senior Marcus Rosenbloom is a mess: an aspiring writer who can’t get it together to complete his creative writing seminar … Continue reading

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Cupid Computer By Margie Milcsik

Does anything say Valentine’s Day like enormous, room-filling IBMs crunching numbers to determine your Dream Date? It is the time of year where your day is ruined because of peer pressure to cough up two dollars for your official Data … Continue reading

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It Can’t Happen To Me By Arnold Madison

Let’s see, what do we have here. Generic title? Check (what can’t happen to you? Divorcing Parents? Teen pregnancy? Parents making you move away to Live Off The Land? VD? Really, this could be about anything…). Ugly, vanity-press style cover … Continue reading

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