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Friday Fiction – My Angelica

My Angelica coverMy Angelica
Williams
1999

Submitter: A young girl who dreams of becoming a romance novelist?? Recently weeded from a public library juvenile section.

Holly: The girl on the cover does look a bit young. Maybe it’s the overalls she’s wearing. Is there any indication of how much <ahem!> “adult” material she includes in her romance novels? Where did she learn all that, in the school yard? Also, someone should tell her that it’s much more efficient to use word processing software to write a novel than a spiral-bound notebook. Or maybe pencil and paper are part of her creative process.

Friday Fiction – The Whole Nine Yards

whole nine yards coverThe Whole Nine Yards
Malmgren
1986

Submitter: This was in my vocational-technical high school library collection. Ugh; teenagers have just so moved on from here – but maybe adults haven’t? I say this because today’s teens have moved on from the obviously dated cover image and title, combined with the book-jacket blurb. It looks like a bad 1980’s comedy film, or a contemporary parody of one. Our society’s attitudes and media have fostered more maturity about relationships for most teenagers that use this library, rendering this book almost comical. But, have adults moved on? Checkout the sample text! It could have been pulled from the early pages of 50 Shades! This book was apparently borrowed 13 times, 1991-2005. I hope it inspired at least one boy to “find the strength to confront his immaturity…”

Holly: If it hasn’t gone out in ten years and it was written for an audience of teens who are now in their 40s, let it go. I do love the cropped tank top on the guy on the cover, though.

 

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Love on the Computer!

Programmed for Love coverProgrammed for Love
Crane
1985

A couple of people sent me this book after seeing it around the web. What is not to like? Cosby sweater? check. Edgy technology? check. A secret admirer? check. Clearly we have all the ingredients for a kick-ass teen romance right out of the mid 1980s time capsule.

Katie has a secret computer pen pal called STX1150 (band reference? Greek mythology reference? Virgin Islands Airport reference?) Of course, they write each other very cool letters back and forth. Naturally there is also a real life boy called Bobby that is super interesting too. What will Katie do?

Mary

 

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