Thursday, October 4, 2012
I mean, it's a mid-80's YA book, what can I say? You're not really reading it for the superb writing. For what it is meant to be, the author does a fine job. The only thing I can say that really bothered me was some inconsistency is one girl's character. Constance (Con) is our main character's best friend. She is supposed to be worldly and rough around the edges. She reads Freud and Dorothy Parker and pushes boundaries by wishing for lovers and actively trying to loser her virginity. However, for a girl who reads Dorothy Parker and Freud, she seems to know absolutely nothing about sex. She tells Peggy at one point that women who don't have lots of sex are Frigid, which causes them to become paralyzed and put in the hospital and fed through tubes. I just felt like a girl who is reading Freud as a teen would know better, even given the strict Catholic upbringing. So that kind of bugged me.
I thought it was fabulous! Super cute, something I would have adored in high school and loved now as well. Peggy and Con are lovable and relatable and girls I'd want to be friends with. I also loved Sean and Peggy's relationship and the way it affects Peggy. I also loved the super strict religious elements of the book - I could totally identify with Peggy and Con's sheltered upbringing, as well as their own questions about faith and how to make religion their own.
I think it was a lot of fun to read. It reminded me of both Grease and Judy Blume. So if you're fans of either of those things, I think you'll really enjoy this one.
Thanks to TLC for including me on the tour. Click here to see the other tour stops!
Posted by Julie G at 6:55 PM