Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley High
I am a little too old for Sweet Valley High, but I have many friends that say this is THE teen fiction of the 1980s. One librarian friend and I used to debate the merits of keeping this series in the collection. She started taking pictures of teens with the book to “prove” that it was still the best series ever. Eventually, the 80s versions were retired.
In this episode, bad girl Molly is in a tailspin of dispair ever since Regina Morrow died at her party doing a bit of cocaine. She is grounded forever and is trying to put her life together. Of course this makes her vulnerable to the bad boy drug dealer, Buzz. (He is college aged!) Naturally, running away to Mexico with this guy sounds like a plan. Will this fix her problems? Stay tuned!
If anyone cares, I had that exact hair style back in the mid 1980s.
More Fiction from the 1980s:
Mother, how could you!
Taffy Sinclair and the Romance Machine Disaster
The Girl Who Wanted a Boy
A Survival Guide from a Family of Nine: Raising a G-Rated Family in an X-Rated World
Submitter: This is a parenting book, so why it’s in a middle school library is beyond me. It might be a great book for parents, but there’s nothing in here that would benefit a 12-year old, and some things, like the “I didn’t let my kid sleep over at a friend’s house and then that friend was murdered” story is just creepy.
Holly: This is a fine book for a public library, but definitely an awful library book for a middle school library. It is completely out of place there. Its audience is not middle schoolers, but their parents. And yes, that story is creepy.
More Parenting Help:
Fix Your Gay Kids
Who’s Your Daddy
Your Baby is a Failure
The Atom Bomb
Submitter: I think this is an awful library book due to the cover, and was during the time of the cold war which I think is reflected in the cover and in the book. But I have to say that this book, The Atom Bomb, by David Killingray the title and author is just perfect. I get a laugh every time I think about it. I am a reference librarian in a small community college in a rural area.
Holly: Ha! Killingray!
A historical book about the atom bomb is perfectly reasonable for a community college, but one that treats it as history – or which includes nuclear weapon threats of today – would be better than one from 1980. Mary loves this cold war stuff. Send it to her.
More Killing Rays:
The Cold War
Nuclear Emergency! Are You Ready?
Better Red Than Dead
The End of the World
Break Out the Borscht