In yet another kid fiction featuring an embarrassing mom, we present this lovely title. Evidently, Dad, the loser, took off with some woman and now the kids are left to “look out” for Mom. Jenna wants to fix her up with the cute math teacher at her school but evidently Mom has the hots for weirdo weatherman. Hijinks are sure to follow.
Submitter: Weeded from my vocational-technical high school library. Brown pages, last circulation in May 1992, dated cover art and text. These characteristics for a weeded item are not unusual for my library, but this was foregrounded for me because of the cover blurb that reads, “A gay, courageous girl girl from Puerto Rico braves a new, exciting live in New York City.” This text is coupled with a picture of two girls walking arm-in-arm. The contemporary meaning my students would see vs. the original meaning is beautifully ironic! I wonder if the original cover designer, Elton C. Fox (assuming he did the cover as well) was ahead of his time and intentionally playing with the publisher!
Holly: Kids picking this up today may be disappointed in the story, actually. LGBT literature is popular, and the We Need Diverse Books campaign has made it both accessible and mainstream. I’m sure this is a fine story, but put into the context of today’s young adult literature, it doesn’t really work!
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.