“What the junk?” Or, Lumberjanes

I’m giving you guys an early Christmas present. (If you celebrate Christmas, that is. Otherwise, it’s just a year-end gift.) Here’s the present: A recommendation to read Lumberjanes.

Image courtesy of Boom Studio.

Image courtesy of Boom Studio.

Image courtesy of Boom Studios.

Image courtesy of Boom Studios.

Lumberjanes is an 8-part comic series from Boom Studios, and it. Is. Amazing.

Lumberjanes follows the adventures of the five girls (Jo, Mal, Molly, Ripley & April) of Roanoke Cabin at Camp Lumberjanes. They’re best friends and they take their friendship very seriously. Like, to the max seriously. They  have a lot of creepy adventures at camp involving scary supernatural foxes and yetis and a bear-woman and all kinds of monsters that their counselor (the ever-suffering Jen) can’t believe actually exist.

There’s a lot of ass-kicking and a lot of teamwork and a ton of strong female friendship. There was a description of this as Buffy meets Gravity Falls, and I can’t think of any way to put it that’s more apt. It’s got the ass-kickiness and sassiness of any episode of Buffy, inside a plot that is Gravity Falls-esque.

The writing is fun, the art is adorable, the characters are spunky, the plot quirky but surprisingly deep. What’s not to love about this series? It’s a never-ending delight.

In great Lumberjanes news, Boom has announced that the series was recently upgraded from being an eight-issue run to an ongoing series. Lumberjanes could go on forever!

And listen. It wasn’t just that I loved it, my husband read it and loved it, and my eight year old son read it (he read all eight issues in one day) and loved it. AND he read it just days after he told me, “I don’t like books with girl characters so much.”

So. Merry Christmas. You’re welcome.

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“They’re just as I imagined,” Or The Animal, The Vegetable & John D. Jones

Before I begin, look at this cover. My three year old son looked at it and asked if the kid sitting down in Harry Potter. Dark hair, round glasses ….. I can see it.

Image courtesy of Goodreads

Image courtesy of Goodreads

I’ve mentioned before that Betsy Byars sure can write a melancholy kids book. She has a tendency to write kids who just aren’t happy. Not that they’re always in dire situations (though some are in The Pinballs) but the kids in her books are vaguely depressed. The three protagonists in this book, sisters Deanie and Clara, and John D. Jones are slightly happier, kind of, than most other Byars’ protagonists.

Deanie and Clara are spending two weeks at the beach with their father, when he drops a bomb that his girlfriend, Delores (whom the girls have never met) and her son, John D are going to spend the vacation with them. Neither Deanie nor Clara are happy about this news, and they make no promises to be kind to John D or Delores.

John D is just as unhappy. John D is never really happy, actually. Or maybe he is – we never know because he thinks emotions are for weaklings. John D is so much like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. In fact, I assume John D is somewhere on the autism spectrum, but this book was published in 1984 when the spectrum wasn’t really a thing yet. John D is writing a book called “You are Smarter Than Your Teachers,” and it’s full of hints about how to get your own way. Including not showing emotion, always keeping a calm voice.

The way he’s described is a little chilling, almost sociopathic.

In the past year, John D had discovered his power over his mother. All he had to do was speak firmly and quietly and he got his way. He was amazed at how simple it was. All those years he had spent…kicking and screaming….His whining alone, he figured had taken up countless hours of his valuable life.

And this:

John D had never been bored in his life. This was because he had the constant companionship of the most intelligent, witty, and creative person in the world – himself.

The only person John D cares about ever meeting is his father. Delores is a widow – her husband, John D’s father, was killed in a plane crash a half hour before John D was born. Delores clearly has her hands full.

Deanie and Clara are more typical teenagers. They are sisters who constantly pick on and tease each other. Deanie is older and is popular and is the one doing most of the teasing. Clara is sulky and sarcastic and never gets her own way.

The result of putting three unhappy teenagers together is (predictably) awful. John D and the girls do not get along. Though throughout the book, you see John D have moments of understanding of Clara, which he is quick to dismiss and get back to his usual emotional detachment.

One day, after several miserable days, Clara takes a plastic raft into the ocean. Deanie is on the beach practicing her cheerleading moves, and John D is on the front porch writing his book. Their dad and mom have gone out. Clara falls asleep on the raft and gets pulled out beyond the waves and swells and out to sea.

John D is the first one to notice it, and gets Deanie’s attention. They find a way into town to their parents. The coast guard is contacted and they begin an extensive search – where they end up finding the raft with no Clara on it.  The search is called off, and it’s assumed she’s dead.

Clara, however, had been rescued moments earlier by a fishing boat. The boat’s radio had stopped working so no one knew she was rescued until they got back to shore. The boat brings her into the coast guard office, where she has a tearful reunion with her dad and Deanie, and even with Delores. John D manages a smile.

While Clara had been missing, Deanie is upset at how much she’d picked on Clara, but a lot of the focus is on John D and how he’s feeling. Despite himself, John D sort of liked Clara’s sarcastic nature, and he is shocked to find how deeply frightened and upset he is over her disappearance.

She (Clara) was back, safe and unharmed, shaken – and yet somehow she seemed more secure. He, on the other hand, was not. His emotions, new and crude and oversize as the beginning of a carving, made a lump in his chest.

He could have written a chapter about it, he thought. “Ways to Avoid Misery.” And for the first rule be “Don’t care about anybody.” But for some reason, his book no longer seemed important. He doubted he would finish it.

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“Those are the weirdest names.” Or, Ten Kids, No Pets

Ann M. Martin has a new book out for 2014, and it’s getting AMAZING reviews. So, I just needed to remember that when I read this book written twenty-five years ago. Because it is….not good. It’s nice to have proof an author can grow and improve during that time.

Image courtesy of Goodreads

Image courtesy of Goodreads

The Rosso family has ten kids, but no pets. As the very brilliant title suggests. At the beginning of the book, the family is moving from New York City to a farmhouse in New Jersey. I’m not even going to go into the idea of a family of twelve living in an apartment in NYC. Mr. Rosso is in advertising, which I guess pays super well because a 4 BR apartment in NYC isn’t cheap.

Each chapter is told from the point of view of one of the kids (ages fourteen through six – there is a set of twins in there). Each kid has one thing in common, which is that they want a pet. They’re sure that moving out of the city and into the country means they’ll definitely be allowed a pet. But Mrs. Rosso says over and over ‘ten kids is enough!’

Anyway, stupid shit happens and at the end Mrs. Rosso is knocked up again and lets them get a pet and they find  kitten in the yard and are allowed to keep it.

I don’t really want to get bogged down in talking too much about what’s going on in the book, mostly because it’s boring, but also because I want to talk about these kids’ fucking names.

  • Abigail (Abbie)
  • Bainbridge
  • Calandra (Candy)
  • Dagwood (Woody)
  • Eberhard (Hardy)
  • Faustine
  • Gardenia (Dinnie)
  • Hannah
  • Ira
  • Janthina (Jan)
  • Kelly/Keegan for the 11th kid depending if it’s a boy or girl.

Their mother has a ‘system’ for naming her kids. She has a baby name book, and her first kid had the first name from the A’s. Her second kid, the second name in the B’s, third kid had the third name in the C’s….etc.

Which is odd on its own, because when she had Abigail, was she really planning on having enough kids that she’d need a system?

But really, when you think about it, this is just fucking awful. Not to get to sentimental about kids or whatever (I have two of them), but the first thing you ever give to your kids (besides life itself) is a name. And people have different views on naming kids, which is fine. You can like common names, or unique names, or foreign names, or family names, or old-fashioned names. Whatever you like, you give your kid a name that you love and you hope your kid loves it as much as you do, or at least doesn’t hate it.

But for shit’s sake, your kids are people, not decorations and not things. Giving your kid the name Eberhard because it fits into some crackpot system and not because you truly love the name is an awful thing to do to a kid. It doesn’t respect him as an individual, it only respects how he fits into the family. (In this case, a name that begins with an E.)

And the kids aren’t happy with their names. Abbie admits she lucked out, and so did Ira and Hannah. But Woody (Dagwood) has actually gotten into fist fights over his name. In fact, they are so unhappy with their names, that when the twins, Faustine and Gardenia, try to save an injured bird to keep as a pet, they intentionally give her a very plain name – Sally. (Also, had the twins been boys, they would have been Farley and Galen. The only time it’s mentioned what a kid would have been as the opposite sex.)

I’m a big fan of Laura Wattenberg and her website, The Baby Name Wizard, which has basically all the information you could ever want about names. Name maps, name encyclopedia, name lists, a name blog…..this naming website puts all other name sites to shame. I also have the 2nd edition of the BNW book. So, if this book was published today and Mrs. Rosso had only the BNW book, here’s what her kids would be named. I’ll do boy and girl for each letter.

  • Aaliyah/Aaron
  • Barbara/Barack
  • Calista/Caden
  • Dalia/Dalton
  • Eileen/Edmund
  • Fern/Finn
  • Geneva/Garth
  • Harper/Harry
  • Irene/ *There IS no I this far down in the boys’ names. The last I is Ivor
  • Janet/Jamal
  • Katrina/Kelvin

On another non-naming note, this book is chock-a-block with things Ann M has a lady boner for. Big families, old houses with a secret passage, old diaries found in old houses, kids putting together events, and kids watching reruns of I Love Lucy and Leave it to Beaver. 

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“Do a little more research….” or, The Treehouse Times #1

A while ago on Tumblr, I came across this.

We as a writing society need to bring back Girl Gangs Doing Shit Together in book series. The late 80s/early 90s was BOSS at that shit.

We as a writing society need to bring back Girl Gangs Doing Shit Together in book series. The late 80s/early 90s was BOSS at that shit.

Girls Gangs Doing Shit Together. I love that genre. One of the series they left out, however, was The Treehouse Times.

Image courtesy of Goodreads

Image courtesy of Goodreads

Good lord, there were nine of these written. NINE. Surprising, because this one (the first in the series) isn’t very good. Even by 80s/90s girl book standards.

Amy Evans is eleven years old and a real go-getter. She’s always looking for projects and things to do. After their class takes a field trip to the St. Louis Dispatch offices, she decides to start a neighborhood newspaper, called The Treehouse Times, because their office is in her treehouse.

Joining her are her friends Erin Valdez, a super athlete, Leah Fox, artiste extraordinaire, and Robin Ryan, the spunky redhead. They get their first big break when that creepy Roddy Casper is accused of shoplifting a ballpoint pen at Korn’s Drugstore.

There’s no evidence Roddy stole the pen, but Mr. Korn who is old and grumpy doesn’t care. He puts a sign in the window that kids under 12 aren’t allowed in the store unless they are accompanied by an adult. Amy & Co., decide to make this their cause for the first edition of The Treehouse Times. 

They write the article and Roddy gets pissed because he doesn’t want to be in their paper. Also, Mr. Korn sends them a letter with his opinion (which is basically, ‘Kids wreck shit.’) and he refuses to take the sign out of the window.

Meanwhile, Robin is pressured by her older sisters to become a cheerleader because they were cheerleaders. Between homework and cheer tryouts, Robin doesn’t have a lot of time for The Treehouse Times. Plus, she has a couple bad days and doesn’t do proper research for some articles for Amy. So they fight and Robin quits the paper right after she makes the cheerleading squad.

Amy stages a protest in front of Korn’s Drugstore about the Under 12 rule, but that creepy Roddy Casper ruins it by enticing all the kids she’d gathered away. But while there, she overhears a conversation between Mr. Korn and his candy distributor, who tells the old man that he needs to up the amount of candy he orders in order to get a discount.

Later at the pizza place, Amy and Robin make up, and Robin says she quit cheerleading and was only doing it to make her sisters happy. Amy sees the candy man tell the Pizza Place guy that he needs to order more boxes (but a different amount than he’d told Mr. Korn) to get a discount. She and Robin follow him to the candy store down the street and sure enough, he tells the guy at the candy store the same thing, but with an even different amount of boxes.

They do their proper research, calling the distributor and asking about discounts and discover this guy is lying to increase his sales. They go to Mr. Korn, the Pizza Place guy and the Candy store guy, and let them know. Then they include it in their next edition of The Treehouse Times. They also decide to give Mr. Korn his due, and print his letter about kids wrecking shit.

Amy decides she’s never going to change Mr. Korn’s mind about kids. But lo and behold a few weeks later and she notices the sign is out of his window. And he volunteers (in a very grumpy way) to hand out copies of their paper at his store.

  • So. The Girl Gangs Doing Shit Together genre. There are some general stereotypes that must be followed. They must have one artistic girl. (Leah) One athletic girl. (Erin) One fashionista.  (Also Leah) One bossy leader type. (Amy) One shy girl. (Leah again). One flighty girl (Robin) And one non-white girl (in this case, Erin. She’s from Mexico. Because Erin is a super-common name in Mexico.)
  • This drives me up the fucking wall. Robin is a little chubby. So in EVERY SINGLE SCENE, she’s eating candy or drinking soda. And at the pizza party at the end, she eats four slices of pizza plus a banana split. Because fat.
  • Even beyond Robin, food is mentioned constantly in this book. I think Sleepover Friends was the same way. Amy’s snack of choice is potato chips and mayonnaise. Potato chips and mayonnaise. Just had to say it twice to let the horror sink in.
  • Sometimes, you’ll read a sentence, and you have to read it over and over again because it doesn’t make sense and you keep reading it because you’re just sure you’re missing something. But no matter how many times you read it, you just don’t get it.

Amy’s mother was an office manager in a realtor’s office and worked most weekends, so she liked to pay attention to the weather report.

Ummmmm……can someone explain to me how being an office manager relates in ANY WAY to wanting to know the weather? I just…I read it so many times trying to make heads or tails of it, and I decided I was just having a Lewis Black moment.

source: izquotes

source: izquotes

Like, they never said Erin’s dad was a high school biology teacher, so he likes to take cold showers. Because those two sentences make an equal amount of sense.

  • One of the reporters they met on their tour of the St. Louis Dispatch lives in their suburban neighborhood. She befriends Amy and becomes the adviser for The Treehouse Times.  Which was super nice of her because I can’t imagine many adults getting that chuffed over a neighborhood newspaper written by eleven year olds.
  • I guess I didn’t like this very much even as a kid, because I only had this one.
  • So in the back is an form for teachers to fill out to win an IBM PC computer and printer for their classroom. This is what that looked like in 1989.

    high tech

    high tech

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SPX 2014

This past weekend I took my son (almost 8 y.o.) to the Small Press Expo.  We went last year, and I wrote about it, and how I got to meet Raina Telgemeier and listen to her on a panel with Gene Luen Yang.

Telgemeier has a new book out (which is awesome) and she was back at SPX this year.

The difference between this year and last year is that my son is now an independent reader. And he’s decided that he wants to be an author (AND a videogame designer) when he grows up. But still, he’s an eight year old kid, and the idea of sitting and listening to grownups speak at a panel held little to no interest for him.

I made him come with me anyway, but I gave him my phone so he could play Angry Birds or whatever to keep himself entertained. About ten or fifteen minutes into the panel, I looked over and I realized that not only was he not playing on my phone, he was using the phone to record the session.

He recorded right up until my phone battery died -about 25 minutes. And he was so enthusiastic that we got home and he immediately re-watched the bit that he had recorded. Having a kid who not only can read, but is an enthusiastic reader is really an amazing thing. He even took Smile to school today for reading choice.

Anyway, I spent too much money on comics and graphic novels this weekend, but at least I got them all signed. I got Telgemeier to sign my copy of Mary Anne Saves the Day, the graphic novel.

Comic writers have the BEST autographs.

Comic writers have the BEST autographs.

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“We’re making other plans for you,” or No Place For Me

Image courtesy of Goodreads

Image courtesy of Goodreads

Barthe DeClements is most well-known for her books Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Gradeand Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You But I actually prefer this book over either of those (but not as much as Double Trouble, which technically takes place in the same universe as this book.)

Copper Jones is twelve years old. Her mother has just entered an alcohol rehab center (again) and can’t care for her. Her stepfather has decided to leave, and the book begins with him calling family members trying to get them agree to take Copper in until the mom gets out.

Copper ends up going to Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Tom’s house. (Dorothy is her mom’s older sister). Things do not go well. Dorothy and Tom have three daughters Kim (14), Brenda (11), and Sarah (8). Copper assumes she’ll be rooming with the pretty and popular Kim, but instead she’s put with babyish and tattle-tale Sarah.

Dorothy and Tom have more rules than Copper is used to. Copper’s mother was usually too drunk to care too much about what she was doing. Copper usually gets Kim to go along with what she wants to do. One rule is that the girls aren’t allowed to go to the skating rink on Friday nights (because that’s when the stoners are there). So Kim and Copper pretend to go to a movie, but sneak to the skating rink instead. Copper wants to meet up with the very cute Ricky Layton.

Of course, they’re caught after being tattled on by Sarah. Copper says some rude things to Sarah (making fun of her overbite) and Dorothy decides that Copper isn’t welcome there anymore.

Next, Copper is off to Aunt Judith and Uncle Raymond. They are well-off and have no kids. Uncle Raymond is running for state Senate. Things are great at home at first, though the school situation is much worse. While people liked Copper at the other school, no one even talks to her here.

One night Judith and Raymond have to go to a fundraiser and the babysitter gets the flu. So against their better judgment, they leave Copper alone at night. Of course that night, a burglar gets into the condo. Copper hides under the bed and calls the cops, who get there, and catch the burglar then wait for Judith and Raymond.

Raymond knows the press will be over this story, and decides Copper is a liability to his political campaign. That leaves Copper only one place to go: Aunt Maggie’s.

Maggie is Copper’s biological father’s sister. Copper’s mother doesn’t like Maggie because she practices witchcraft. Because of this, Copper has a negative opinion of Maggie right off the bat.

But Maggie turns out to be a really nice woman. She has a nice balance of being kind to Copper while not putting up with any of her shit. And she is open about practicing witchcraft. She talks to Copper about how what you put out in the universe comes back to you threefold. After a couple instances of Copper getting caught lying to Maggie, she feels genuinely bad, and decides to turn over a new leaf.

Maggie says she likes having Copper with her, and invites her to stay with her after the mom gets out of treatment and gets settled and looks for a job.

  • I know Copper could be a handful, but I’d have liked someone to realize how shitty a time this twelve year old kid is having. I’m thinking more of Dorothy & Tom, because they have kids and they should have a little bit of a clue. But also, her stepdad could have maybe stuck around at least a little bit longer so Copper didn’t have to move around.
  • Raymond is especially awful. He doesn’t care that Copper is OK after the run-in with the burglar, just about his political career. And he lectures her about putting a robe on in front of the cops, which embarrasses her because she hadn’t realized her nips were poking through her tee shirt. Because she’s fucking twelve years old and has just been through a trauma and wouldn’t even be thinking of it yet. And I’m sure the cops weren’t perving on her. But way to shame her for the crime of having boobs, Raymond.
  • There’s a nice scene where Maggie agrees to take Copper to the skating rink in Dorothy and Tom’s town to see Ricky Layton and Copper gets her first kiss. Then she tells Maggie about it, and it’s very sweet.
  • Jake and Faith from Double Trouble make a small cameo in this book. They are close with Mrs. Thompson, Copper’s favorite teacher from her school at Maggie’s. Mrs. Thompson tells Copper a little about their adventures the year before.
  • When Maggie offers a place for Copper, I think it’s because the mom is clearly not serious at all about her recovery. It’s clear it’s not going to work.
  • Copper’s name matches her hair. But how could her parents have known that when they named her when she was a tiny little baby?
  • I don’t know why, but this book was impossible to find. I’ve been searching for it since I began the blog. Which, by the way was EXACTLY SIX YEARS AGO.
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“Our toothbrushes together….” Or, Someone to Love

Once upon a time, I read a Y.A. book about a girl who falls in love with a boy and it turns out the boy is a ghost. And he has some ridiculous name – I think it was Tuesday. So I picked up this book in the used book store, and was certain that this was that book. Because look at the cover:

Cover courtesy of Goodreads

Cover courtesy of Goodreads

Does this not look like a cover of a book about a girl who loves a ghost????

Anyway, it turns out this wasn’t that book. This is a book about a girl who who wears long-crotch, highwater, mom jeans and falls in love with a dude who is very much alive despite looking ghostly on the cover.

This book is by Norma Fox Mazer, who wrote Silver, which is one of my favorite YA books of all time. It is also very reminiscent of Norma Klein in that it’s about older teens falling in love. But the two protagonists of this book lack the precocity of Klein’s protagonists, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Speaking of Norma Klein, this book is dedicated to her!

Nina Bloom is a Sophomore in college. She’s in her first year at a 4-year college after spending her first at Community College. She’s from a tiny town in the adirondacks, and is from a blue-collar working class family, of which she’s the first to attend college. She’s anxious to break out of her mousy shell, and ends up sharing an apartment with Sonia and Lynell, two music students.

But not for long. Because early in the year, Nina meets Mitch while he’s painting a house in her neighborhood. Mitch is from an upper-class academic family, though he dropped out of college to do what he thinks is more ‘real’ work with his hands. They fall quickly in love, and by November Nina has agreed to move in with him.

Because that’s a good decision.

Being with Mitch does pull Nina out of her shell a lot, and by moving in with him, she actually becomes very close friends with her former roommates. Things are great in the beginning, but after a while, they are fighting more and picking at each other over stupid things.

Then it becomes not so stupid anymore when Mitch gets laid off and falls into a funk and turns mean and nasty toward Nina. And Nina, who works as a typist for a professor she has a crush on, never knows what to say to him. One day while working for the professor, he kisses her. Nina doesn’t know what to do.

She also begins to suspect that Mitch and Lynell are sleeping together. She never says anything to him, but she can’t get the thought out of her head. She kind of thinks that maybe she’s projecting her guilt since the hot prof kissed her.

Things come to a head when Nina comes home one day to discover her cat got out of the apartment. Mitch says that Lynell had come over and when he opened the door, the cat got out. The cat had been a point of contention between Nina (who loved the cat) and Mitch, who hated it. They go on a neighborhood search and discover that the poor kitty dead, obviously having been hit by a car.

Nina tries, but she can’t stop blaming Mitch for killing her cat.  And she can’t get the thought of Mitch and Lynell being together out of her head. The next day, she goes to work for the hot prof, and sleeps with him.

She’s overcome with guilt about it, and a few days later has an awful horrible confrontation with the professor, who is uber creepy. She tries to make everything happy with Mitch again, acting like nothing ever happened, but it feels false. So she tells him that she slept with the hot prof, and he admitted that he’s been sleeping with Lynell.

They agree, against her better judgment, that it was tit-for-tat, they won’t blame each other and they’ll try to carry on. It doesn’t work out (of course) and after her final exams, Nina breaks up with Mitch. She leaves for home for the summer, never having told her religious parents that she ever even lived with a boyfriend all year long.

  •  I don’t think I read this back then. I actually wonder what I would have thought about it. I was pretty broken up when Michael & Kathryn didn’t last in Forever…. but as an adult I could see that obviously they should break up. And that sort of obviousness is in this book too. Nina and Mitch had a good ride, but they didn’t really belong together.
  • Mitch could be a dick. He was all right at times, especially in the beginning, but he could be a major dick. At the end, right before Nina breaks up with him, he says that he thinks Nina cheating on him was worse then him cheating on Nina because “…a man’s feelings aren’t like a woman’s.”
  • This book was published in 1983. I was six in 1983, so maybe things changed. But honestly, when I was in college, it was very rare for boyfriends and girlfriends to live together. I spent plenty of time at my boyfriend’s (now husband) apartment and he at mine in college. But the idea of us actually living together before graduation never crossed our minds. But in this book a lot of students do it.
  • Despite being in an eventually-bad relationship and banging a professor, this book does a really good job of presenting Nina as a good character. There is a lot of growth in her. She comes out of her shell, and learns to stand up for herself.
  • Reminder: pets are rarely introduced in YA/Juvenile fiction unless they’re going to die. I forgot about that momentarily and allowed myself to be surprised by Emmett the cat’s untimely death.
  • There are a few nice sibling scenes. Nina comes from a large family, but has only one sister, Nancy. Nina and Nancy are a year apart in age and are as different as can be. Nancy left high school to work in a local factory, and is currently openly sleeping with four different dudes. As different as they are, they both make attempts to get closer. Nancy is one of the only people Nina feels like she can talk to when things are going way south with Mitch. I actually wish there had been more Nancy in the book.
  • There was juuuust a touch of classism in the book. Mitch was romanticizing blue-collar life, but Nina knew better. Her mom worked herself to the bone after her dad had a heart attack and had to stop working when Nina was fourteen. In fact, Nina talks a lot about that year and how afraid she was that her dad would die and how much stress it put on her and the whole family, but Mitch never really seemed to grasp it.
  • This drives me crazy. They never actually use the word sex in the book. Sex is always called “making love.” Did anyone, even in 1983, really call it making love? I feel like this is the case even in Norma Klein books.
  • So…..can anyone remember a book where a girl fell in love with a ghost named Tuesday?
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