Tag Archives: 1989

Dear Mom, You’re Ruining My Life By Jean Van Leeuwen

You always say parents and children should trust each other. Well, I trusted you. This is the most mysterious book I have picked up for this project. While there are certain titles that the back-cover copy gives the potential reader … Continue reading

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Darcy (Sunfire Romance #32) By Mary Francis Shura

The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 is the wind of change… Background: Scholastic’s Sunfire series is a cautionary tale about judging a YA Romance by its cover. Lurking behind the overheated cover art and melodramatic taglines are some of the best … Continue reading

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Dirty Dancing #1: Baby, It’s You By N.H. Kleinbaum

Could there ever be a future together for Baby and Johnny? Background:  Does Dirty Dancing NEED any introduction? Well, I like this one, which really highlights the minor characters of Robbie the Evil Waiter, and Neil the Smarmy Schmuck:

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River Heights #1: Love Times Three By Carolyn Keene

Love Nancy Drew Mysteries? Except for the mystery part? And the Nancy Drew part? Have I got the series for you! Background: Clearly designed to cash in on the popularity of Sweet Valley High, River Heights is a direct continuation of … Continue reading

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Party Line By A. Bates

1989 is the nominal endpoint of books that I plan on covering here- I always find it interesting that the relatively recent books date so much more quickly than their older counterparts. If this book had been written in the … Continue reading

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Working At Love By Judy Baer

If it were up to me, I’d be on my way to the beautician’s right this minute to copy the spikey, Billy Idol-inspired look of this week’s cover model onto my own head. Sadly, the amount of peroxide it would … Continue reading

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Hollywood Daughters #1: Star Baby By Joan Lowery Nixon

The 1930s and 40s are, in my opinion, an underutilized era for historical YA novels, and when it is done, it is usually lazily- a few pop culture signifiers and some retro slang is pretty much all that defines the … Continue reading

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