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Friday Fiction – True Meaning of Cleavage

The True Meaning of Cleavage
Fredericks
2003

Submitter: I am taking care of a much-neglected teen section at a public library, and I found this little gem in the stacks. The title is enough to make me wonder, but this book also hasn’t circulated since 2005. Nearly a decade on the shelf is long enough. If I ever get a chance to read the book, I’ll be sure to write in and let you all know the true meaning of cleavage.

Holly: Well, the title is certainly “titillating.” (Too far?) At first, I thought this was non-fiction, but thankfully it is clearly teen fiction. The description at Worldcat says, “When Jess and Sari, best friends since seventh grade, begin their freshman year of high school and Sari becomes obsessed with a senior boy, Jess wonders if their friendship will survive.” It sounds like any number of books in teen fiction, actually. I agree that sitting on a shelf for ten years makes it a weeding candidate. (It’s actually been sitting on my own library’s shelves since July of 2012, but has 35 total circulations so it hasn’t met the ax yet.)

More Teen Fiction:

High School Vigilantes

Teen Furries

Taffy Sinclair and the Romance Machine Disaster

Fear Street

7 Responses to Friday Fiction – True Meaning of Cleavage

  • This is actually a really great story about two friends growing apart as their interests change. One of the girls will do anything to get the attention of the “popular” guy, but then hates herself for her actions and the fact that he won’t publicly acknowledge her after they are together. The other is having a hard time figuring out what it means to grow up. Do you have to give up imagination and creativity in favor of boys and popularity?
    I have a lot of teenage girls that have read and discussed the book over the years.

  • Ha! I remember having gym first period in high school. It was pretty bad, but at least you’d get it over with. Also, 15-minute breaks between classes? Psssh. Spoiled kids these days.

  • Oh hey, I’ve read this one! As I remember, the title actually has more to do with the other meaning of cleavage, “the act of cleaving or splitting.” I don’t remember anything else about the book, but there you go.

  • I am pretty sure that none of the students at my high school would feel comfortable carrying around a book with this cover.

  • Looking at that last picture, how in the world would you ever remember a class schedule like that?! Don’t most schools schedule classes for the same period each day?

    • My school had a 6 day schedule. Not days of the week, but day 1, day 2, etc. Like I’d have english first thing three days, after lunch three days, gym three days, IP three days. Not exactly like that, but you get the gist. You kept on hanging up in your locker. I coloured mine so it was colour-coded. And theen you just kinda hoped you could remember what day was what, and if you didn’t, that someone else would.

  • Looking at that computer printout makes me wonder if schools make their own iPhone/Android apps now for students’ schedules. (It would be especially useful for those schools which have six-day A-F “weeks” which don’t correspond to the calendar.)