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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (December 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060087919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060087913
  • ASIN: B000H2MARC
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,272,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sydney finds himself in a quandary when the girl he loves and his mother, a lesbian, develop crushes on each other. "Meaker has written a very funny novel about our current preoccupation with sex and what it is doing to us," remarked PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Marijane Meaker has written many young adult novels under the pseudonym of M.E. Kerr. She lives in New York City.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tammyism on December 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
This coming-of-age story, published in 1972, is aptly compared to Catcher In The Rye, on the book jacket, several times. I can see why. This is quirky, smart, funny, sad, touching, dark at times but always real and connects you with it's characters in a way that popular fiction rarely accomplishes today. A great read. I read it twice in one sitting!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stolen Fire on June 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was 23 when I read this book in 1972. It has always stuck with me. In 1972 I didn't know that this was lesbian literature. Yes, the mom is a lesbian, but, for me, the focus was on Shockproof, how he thought and felt. What astonished me then, was how a woman writer was able to so accurately describe the psyche of a 17 year old boy with whom I could so closely relate; that she could see into ME.
It seems that Shockproof Sydney Skate is likely to be made into a movie; that Cameron Crowe is the screenwriter. Perhaps, but likely not, the movie will speak to me as this wonderful book did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "janevaningen" on February 10, 2003
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This is a rare gem about a lesbian mother and her teenage son without the earnest eagarness of the "Heather Has Two Mommies" genre. The son is funny and sarcastic and has weird sexual experiences of his own; indeed some of the scenes involving his various girlfriends are a little bizarre. But they're fun, and it's real. Though no one wears bellbottoms anymore or says things like super-fabulous, this novel is still very relevant.
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