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Friday Fiction – License to Drive

License to Drive coverLicense to Drive: a novelization
Singer
1988

Submitter: I thought this was an awful book because first, I hate movie adaptation books as a genre; second, it’s SO old and dated—from my high school years—and I was embarrassed to see this movie when it came out (I didn’t, but my friends did); third, the dialogue and photos are just seriously cheesy; and finally, it looks like it might have been for school market distribution through Scholastic, which is just awful. I mean, god speed to the Coreys but they really needed to not make this as a movie, let alone a book.

Holly: Fun fact: A. L. Singer is the pseudonym for Peter Lerangis. I don’t really get the movie adaptation book thing either. Or TV shows, for that matter. God bless capitalism, I guess! If you can make an extra buck on something popular, have at it. This book held up pretty well for a paperback, but that could be because no one has laid hands on it in 20+ years.

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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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Please take me to the Prom

Junior Prom coverJunior Prom
Aks
1982

Another special from the teen fiction section. I saw this cover girl and I wanted to know if maybe she had been practicing posing in front of the mirror to make that awful dress look better.  But I digress. Although prom and dating are staples of teen life and fiction, I would imagine this book could be retired quite easily since no one wants Mom’s super cool 80s look.

Mary

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