Two Guys Noticed Me… and Other Miracles
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,
Your Mom’s Teen Fiction:
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.
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.