Tag Archives: High School

Sticks And Stones By Lynn Hall

One word was enough to destroy his life… “Bury your gays” is the trope in fiction which rules that gay characters die (frequently by their own hand) before the end of the story. Especially prevalent until the mid-20th century (when … Continue reading

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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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My So-Called Life: A Novel Based In The Award-Winning Television Series By Catherine Clark

Less than perfect… I realize I am about to alienate myself from my entire generational cohort, but: I never cared for ABC’s acclaimed, award-winning, Claire Danes-and-Jared Leto-star-making, abruptly canceled, fondly remembered “My So-Called Life”. Aggressively marketed at the time as … Continue reading

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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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