Tag Archives: 1982

My Sweet Audrina By V.C. Andrews

Now she will come face to face with the dangerous, terrifying secret everyone knows. Everyone except My Sweet Audrina. What the hell did I just read? OK, I’ll back it up here a second. Since this blog’s beginnings, there are … Continue reading

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To All My Fans, With Love, From Sylvie By Ellen Conford

For Sylvie, movies weren’t just stories. They were a way out. A few years ago I reviewed Conford’s And This Is Laura, and recalled it as pleasant, but largely unremarkable. So I was surprised to find Sylvie a much more sophisticated piece of work, … Continue reading

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Promised Kiss (First Love From Silhouette #14) By Veronica Ladd

All her friends think Roger is weird, but Karen knows better… Background: 236 First Love titles were published between 1981 and 1987 by Silhouette, “AMERICA’S publisher of Contemporary Romance” (distinguishing itself from its main competitor, the Canadian-based Harlequin, which would fold Silhouette … Continue reading

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Checking In With The Imaginary Summer Book Club: Lace By Shirley Conran

(Click here for information on the 2016 edition of Molly’s Imaginary Summer Book Club Featuring Classics of Women’s Literature. As all of the four selected titles have filmed adaptations, we will be looking at the movie versions as we go along. … Continue reading

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An X-Rated Romance By Tina Sunshine

Nothing would stop us in our pursuit of perfect grammar, a good body, and true love. OH, COME ON! While a frequent theme here is that YA novels from 30 or 40 years ago dealt with topics like drugs and … Continue reading

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Ten-Boy Summer By Janet Quin-Harkin

If Jill wins the contest, she’ll lose Craig forever… The number of different authors means that Bantam’s Sweet Dreams romances vary in quality; in this case the author keeps the focus on the wildly divergent personalities of the heroines and … Continue reading

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Just Friends By James Knudsen

Three was never a crowd before… The Plot: Suburban Chicago high school junior Blake Webb has been desperately lonely since his best friend moved away at the end of the 8th grade, and he has spent his entire high school career … Continue reading

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