Tag Archives: High School

Going on Sixteen By Betty Cavanna

Fervently Julie whispered to the mirror, “I hope.” Betty Cavanna was one of the queens of the Malt Shop genre: gentle coming-of-age stories featuring young heroines facing teenage crises and growing up. Published from the 1940s through the 1960s, these … Continue reading

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Trudy Phillips Headline Year (#2) By Barbara Bates

“I swear I don’t know what this generation of teen-agers is coming to. No respect for order and safety at all!” If it is October, it must be Whitman girls series! We conclude this fall with a look at the … Continue reading

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Fast Times At Ridgemont High: A True Story By Cameron Crowe

These kids are, uh, the future of America. Back to school! Slightly late, both in that it is the end of September and that Cameron Crowe is doing it uncover at the age of 22. Like Lyn Tornabene before him, … Continue reading

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Soaps In The Afternoon By Lavinia Harris

This soap opera is no ordinary drama… So, two things: first, this is one of those especially weird attempts to market science fiction to teen girls by skipping the science part and just making goofy things happen with the explanation … Continue reading

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It’s Not What You Expect By Norma Klein

Suddenly, summer becomes a time of self-discovery… Norma Klein is best known for her controversy-courting YA novels of the 1970s; in books like Angel Face and Love is One of the Choices, the teenaged protagonists deal regularly with drugs, sex, … Continue reading

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Letter Perfect By Charles P. Crawford

“What a perfect crime!” So, how old would you say the kids on the cover are? 10? 11? Well apparently they are high school upperclassmen, and some particularly nasty ones at that. The Plot: …is a pretty pulpy knock-off of … 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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