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Love At First Sight (First Love From Silhouette #9) By Elaine Harper

How could nature have produced such virile perfection? Background: I am on the record about how I’ve turned around my opinion on Silhouette’s First Love romances (“AMERICA’S publisher of Contemporary Romance”), at least when it comes to Elaine Harper’s terminally … Continue reading

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Two By Two Romance #11: A Kiss For Good Luck By Carol Ellis

Originally posted on Lost Classics of Teen Lit: 1939-1989:
Tess tells you how she feels about her new romance. And when you flip the book over you find out in Charlie’s own words what a boy thinks about it all.  I…

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Zanballer By R.R. Knudson

Originally posted on Lost Classics of Teen Lit: 1939-1989:
A girl who would rather call the plays than lead the cheers… At the dawn of the Title IX era, fictional girl quarterbacks were briefly all the rage (even Sweet Valley…

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Movie Madness and/or Mania: The Boy Who Drank Too Much (1980)

Shep Greene’s 40+ year old social-problem novel The Boy Who Drank Too Much remains one of the most searched-for titles on this site; judging by the search engine results I see on my end (“boy who drank too much main … Continue reading

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Cute Is A Four-Letter Word By Stella Pevsner

You are about to witness… The Year of the Clara! I wasn’t very impressed by Stella Pevsner’s Call Me Heller, That’s My Name, a pretty generic coming of age story about a tomboy becoming a young lady in the roaring … Continue reading

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Project Boyfriend By Stephanie St. Pierre

Can Stacey capture Max’s heart, or is her downhill romance destined for a crash landing? This one came out in 1991, fairly late in the run of Bantam’s Sweet Dreams romance imprint, which I didn’t notice until I sat down … Continue reading

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The Plot Against The Pom-Pom Queen By Ellen Leroe

Then Kelsey discovers Magical Male Grabbers… So, giving a plot overview for this one is going to make it sound so generic that I can’t imagine why anyone would bother even reading the summary: a late bloomer and former-fatty undergoes … Continue reading

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Two By Two Romance #11: A Kiss For Good Luck By Carol Ellis

Tess tells you how she feels about her new romance. And when you flip the book over you find out in Charlie’s own words what a boy thinks about it all.  I have said it before: I can’t resist a YA … Continue reading

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Keeping Score By Marilyn Levy

What’s worse: that your boyfriend is interested in your sister, or that he’s dealing drugs out of his locker? This book may have the honor of “cover copy least-related to actual plot” in recent memory: far from dealing with just … Continue reading

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The Girl Scouts’ Rivals (#5) By Edith Lavell

“The jury finds the defendant guilty of breaking the first five Girl Scout laws and recommends her dismissal from the organization!” Background: Fictional series about Girl Scouting date back nearly to the organization’s founding in 1912; by the 1920s the sub-genre … Continue reading

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