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Most Fridays we feature a fiction title that is usually anything pulp, odd covers, odd titles and anything else worth discussing! These are NOT necessarily awful.

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The Great Computer Dating Caper

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The Great Computer Dating Caper
Bethancourt
1984

Eddie and Jody need to get some cash together so Eddie’s dad can pursue development of his invention. So the boys create a dating service that is geared to the fat, lonely and shy girls. (Jody calls them “dogs”.) The boys themselves are the dates and Eddie starts to think maybe they are taking advantage of some of the girls. They actually are nice and sweet and somewhat vulnerable. One of the dads gets wind of this “service” and busts it publicly as a “teen sex ring”. But it’s all good in the end, since they get enough money together and the girls actually DID get dates as promised. (I guess we can just overlook that “dating a dog” concept.)

Mary

 

More computer and love problems:

Love on the computer

Computer Fun

Games People Play

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Fabulous Five!

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Katie’s Dating Tips
Fabulous Five
Haynes
1989

 

Katie thinks her Mom needs a boyfriend, so she embarks on a subtle campaign to get one of the cool teachers at Wakeman Jr. H.S. to get cozy with her mom. Unfortunately, Mom doesn’t go for her choice of cool Mr. Newkirk, but instead she likes the weird science teacher, Mr. Dracovitch (aka “Dracula”). Mom and Dracula hit it off and Katie is mortified. However, it turns out Dracula isn’t too bad and Mom is happy. Everyone wins. Fabulous Five series was a spinoff from her other Taffy Sinclair series. (We featured a Taffy book here.) I know many of my library cohorts loved Haynes’ books. I doubt that the tweens today want her stuff now. (It probably has Mom smell.) Maybe we could shift her books to the Adult section for those people wanting a sentimental experience.

Enjoy!

Mary

More Fiction for the kids:

AIDS in the End Zone

Summer Lovin’

Love on the computer

Teen  Furries

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Friday Fiction – Going Steady

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Going Steady
Emery
1950 (paperback 1959)

Sally is thrilled that she is going steady with super cool Scotty. She is looking forward to a fun summer with Scotty right by her side. Unfortunately, Sally finds the whole “going steady” thing not exactly what she wanted. Scotty also seems to be cooling off as the summer wears on. It’s clear these two aren’t going to work out. (I find Scotty annoying.) Sally realizes there are some disadvantages to being tied down to one guy and eventually they break up. Not a bad choice for some mild teen fiction. I would have picked this up when I was a teen. Then I realized my mother could have picked this title when she was a teen. God, we are all old…

Mary

More Teen Angst:

The Whole 9 Yards

Love on the Computer

Taffy Sinclair and the Romance Machine Disaster

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