An X-Rated Romance
The reason I picked up this book is, of course, the cover. Creepy doesn’t begin to describe the ick factor about the title and cover. Note the sexy teacher’s expression. <shudders> Sara, our teen protagonist, has a huge crush on Mr. Garfield. She and her bestie, Emily have decided to up their game with a seduction. (The concept of seduction was still vague for these girls.) This, of course, requires planning a way of getting Mrs. Sexy Teacher out of the way. Unbelievable shenanigans follow: de-pantsing, mild stalking, ridiculous dieting, and rubber bands in a salad. Note: When looking for a review, I stumbled upon the site Lost Classics of Teen Lit and then proceeded to spend too much time reading and sifting through this site. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
By the way, the copy I had checked out was taped and processed within an inch of its life. There was a date due sheet and an envelope. The first checkout on the card was 1986. My personal feeling is that teen fiction should be as current as possible. Even if you are a conservative weeder, I can’t believe this paperback relic survived automation and RFID and no one thought maybe it was time to let it go.
Maybe the audience of 40-something librarians will revive this “classic.”
We haven’t had a romance or a “friday fiction” post in a while. Here is your fix for the week. This story is about a doctor named Mary, evidently destined for spinsterhood. Of course there is a the local playboy Rafe and he starts putting the moves on our poor, love starved doctor. Of course he gets the girl and it is more than a casual affair. But I bet you knew that.
Submitter: I work at an academic fashion library and we have a very small section of books on modeling in the fashion industry. Just last week I pulled this mid-1980s advice book out of our collections. It’s a safe bet our students were not even born when this book was originally published. How to Break into Modeling contains a wealth of detailed advice for would-be models, including:
-Your haircut says a lot about you. It can say, “I’m a professional” or “I’m wild!” or “I mean business” or “I like to party.”
-If you’re wearing shoulder pads for a head shot, make sure they’re lying correctly and not popping up or sliding down your shoulders.
-The body type required for fashion models in the eighties happens to be very androgynous, so breasts, hips, and thighs are “out,” but the standards and politics of beauty are changing all the time. Perhaps very womanly figures will be the trend again. (Me: Wishful thinking?)
-Men aspiring to modeling careers should pay extra attention to updating their look and taking care of their hands—things that don’t come naturally to many men.
Holly: Oh for crying out loud. Glad you caught this one, Submitter. What a ridiculous book for a current fashion library! Also, Submitter and I chatted about how those striped leotards, pictured below, were standard issue in the 80s. They’re in every workout photo of that decade! As Submitter put it: “I’m pretty sure the striped leotards were issued to you when you bought a copy of Olivia Newton John’s ‘Physical’ to dance to.” Ha!