Tag Archives: Young Love

Jean and Johnny By Beverly Cleary

It all starts the night Johnny Chessler asks Jean to dance… Beverly Cleary celebrates her 100th birthday on Tuesday, and so OF COURSE we are looking at another of her early YA titles today! Best known (do I really need … Continue reading

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The Luckiest Girl By Beverly Cleary

Shelley Latham is sure about one thing: The upcoming year is going to be different.  Back to school! Time to start the year with a good attitude cautionary tale wacky scheme inspirational message epic wish-fulfillment fantasy! Background: Beverly Cleary (who turned 99 … 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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Fifteen By Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary, bless her nonagenarian heart, is best known for her juvenile fiction about the Leave It To Beaver-type adventures of Henry Huggins, and Beezus (and especially) Ramona Quimby:   books that manage to realistically capture the high drama that … Continue reading

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I Saw Him First By Marjorie Sharmat

Is Seymour worth fighting for? I’ll answer the question up front: no. No, he is not, because Seymour barely exists. I know I should have learned my lesson about picking books based on their covers by now, but… well, seriously! … Continue reading

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