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The Cool Book
A Teen-Ager’s Guide to Survival in a Square Society
Unger
1961

Teens! Do you feel out of the loop? Do you feel you don’t understand all the “squares” trying to make you fit in? Time to be COOL! This book has all the info you need to be one of the cool kids at school. This book will help you figure out all the cool and hilarious rules for dating,  necking, breaking up, and meeting a dreamboat of a guy. Be sure to read some of the sample pages. Best of all, this book has some of the best cool jokes and insults (example: “Aren’t you Lana Turner’s sister, Stomach Turner?”).

Working on my cool factor,

Mary

More Teen Advice from Yesteryear:

Getting High

Suicide DIY?

Your Guide To Married Life

Leave Room for the Holy Spirit

Get a Job

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Disco Lives!

Disco Dance Steps coverDisco Dance Steps
Villari
1978

Submitter: […My] coworkers know I love disco music.  Sadly, I can’t dance, even with the help of the hundreds of disco tutorials on YouTube. But I love this book. However, most of our dance items that are checked out are DVDs and usually those are checked out by people about to get married so they can learn to do their wedding dance.  Did you know there’s different types of The Hustle? I had no idea.

Holly: An oldie but goodie (on ALB, anyway…we posted this one back in 2009, very shortly after this site was first launched). Submitter has vastly improved upon that post, though, so let’s talk disco dancing again! Apparently our first post didn’t inspire you all to weed this one, so let’s try again. As a matter of fact, we’ve posted a LOT of disco books over the years and they still keep getting submitted! Every one of you: go to the shelves and WEED THE DISCO BOOKS. Disco is dead.

 

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Two Guys! No Waiting!

2 guys noticed me teen fiction cover

Two Guys Noticed Me… and Other Miracles
Sharmat
1990 (original copyright 1985)

Our gal Jody dumped her boyfriend Matt and is now dating Travis. However, Travis and Matt are bitter rivals and Jody seems to be stuck in the middle. But wait, just as she is wrapping her head around two different guys, her mother shows up after abandoning her family for more than two years.

Marjorie Sharmat has been a library staple for decades. (Nate the Great books circulate like mad at my library.) From the reviews, I think this story might still work for today’s YA audience, but I doubt the kids could get past the cover art. In my opinion, cover art is EVERYTHING. No one wants to read a book that has cover art straight out of Mom’s high school year book.

Break out your leg warmers and cuddle up with some teen romance from the 80s,

Mary

 

Your Mom’s Teen Fiction:

Please Take Me to Prom

Love on the Computer

The Day the Senior Class Got Married

Too Many Boys!

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