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Happy Endings Are All Alike: A Novel (Alyson Classics Library) Paperback – February 1, 2000
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I'm not sure what book the New York Times reviewer who called this a "tensely-plotted thriller" was reading, but it sure wasn't this one. Happy Endings, written before Scoppetone became a mystery vamp of the highest order, is a simple, if somewhat twisted, coming of age tale about high-school romance and all the pain and suffering it entails.
Jaret and Peggy are stuck in the lazy summer before college, in the middle of a romance that's a badly-kept secret from Jaret's mother and Peggy's father (Peggy's father is a widower; Jaret's father is just plain clueless about most everything) and a well-kept secret from the rest of their somewhat conservative town. Well, for a while. Things get nasty when a local boy finds out about the romance and decides that Jaret needs some conversion to heterosexuality.
Scoppetone's a fine writer, for the most part, and the emotions at play throughout the book are clear and well-done. Most of the book's characters are complex, solid, and far from annoying. The one exception is Peggy, who constantly uses the word "gazinga" for... well, everything (think back to the Smurfs and their way of speaking). It gets annoying, and it gets there quickly. But if you can overlook that, this one's worth a look. ** 1/2
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Story line believable. The emotions & conflicts of the two girls are presented with empathy and the reader has most of the conflicts that are problematic to young people attempting... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sharon M. Eckert
Good story. Poorly written. The ending wasnt as satisfying as I felt it could have been.Published 18 months ago by Danielle
I loved this book, in fact I have loved all her books. They are humorous, filled with interesting facts and usually have a happy ending. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Aida