Awwww…Paul Zindel! I loved his books when I was a sappy, shallow, hormonal teenager in the mid-1980s. Mary and I always say that if the books in the teen or youth collection are older than the audience they are intended for, they’re always worth a second look and often worth weeding. Paul Zindel is no exception.
This poor girl in the Chewbacca coat (did teenagers ever wear fur??) wants a boy so badly, but her “problem,” apparently, is that the James Dean boy from the cover won’t like her because she’s mechanically inclined and likes science. What she really should do is learn to play pinball and ditch the textbook. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
This poor, deluded girl tries so hard to make a boy like her. She even gets caught in class reading “How to Pick Up Boys” instead of doing school work.
I have teenage nieces (shout out to Haley and Heidi!), and I am proud to say that they are smart, they like science, and they are not at all boy crazy. They are lovely girls, sappy hormones and all. Please, girls, NEVER READ THIS BOOK.
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