Tag Archives: 1983

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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Trying Harder By Suzanne Zuckerman

If it hadn’t been for Mark, Jenifer would have never been asked out by Cliff Moore, the captain of the football team… Each of the major mass-market teen paperback romance imprints (Sweet Dreams, Wildfire, First Love) carved out their own … Continue reading

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Daphne’s Book By Mary Downing Hahn

Jessica thinks she’ll be laughed off the face of the earth… Mary Downing Hahn may be best known for her YA suspense novels, especially the deeply creepy, deeply beloved ghost story Wait Till Helen Comes. But sprinkled throughout her bibliography are … Continue reading

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How Do You Lose Those Ninth Grade Blues? By Barthe DeClements

Will Elsie be able to accept her (beautiful!) new self? This is the first of two (sadly out-of-print) books following up on the life of Elsie Edwards from Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade, the school fatty with a horrifying mother … Continue reading

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Be My Valentine (First Love From Silhouette #39) By Elaine Harper

Whatever happened to the old Todd Roberts, cutup and clown of the junior class? Background: Is it a major holiday? You can bet that Elaine Harper and First Love From Silhouette have got us covered with another appropriately-themed teen romance! 236 … Continue reading

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Under The Mistletoe By Michelle Mathews

Why had she ever thought that only kids enjoyed Christmas? First Love From Silhouette (“America’s Publisher of Contemporary Romance”) can always be counted on to provide a holiday-themed title! And hey! This one doesn’t even deal with the incredibly meddling … Continue reading

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The Dollhouse Murders By Betty Ren Wright

The old dollhouse was trying to tell Amy something… Just in time for Halloween: ghosts, an unsolved double murder and AN INAPPROPRIATE BURDEN OF RESPONSIBILITY! The Plot: Amy Treloar, just weeks away from her 13th birthday, struggles with her feelings regarding … Continue reading

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Checking In With The Imaginary Summer Book Club: Heartburn By Nora Ephron

(Click here for information on the 2015 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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The Day The Senior Class Got Married By Gloria D. Miklowitz

It’s never been done before! Background: Dell’s Young Love banner was used on both reissues of classic teen romances and originals of questionable merit, but in general the titles tended towards “breezy” and “fun”. So pity the poor teen who picked … Continue reading

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Upchuck Summer By Joel L. Schwartz

What promised to be Richie’s best summer ever is turning into one giant disaster thanks to A-Number-One Nerd, Chuck. So, the basic questions I start with when writing these pieces is “How does this story reflect the time in which … Continue reading

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