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Hard To Believe It's Been 38 years
on April 12, 2012
I sort of get where the appeal is here. I get it that the idea is for the reader to identify with the heroine's "teen angst", but everything is so mild there's not much there, there. There's also not a lot of insight and the character development is pretty predictable, so I'm not persuaded that a reader will get much from the book apart from the thrill of recognition. That may just be that what was borderline outrageous in 1974 isn't quite so shocking and upsetting now, or that we don't value earnestness as much now as we used to.
That said, sometimes validation and the encouragement that you are not alone is what a teen reader needs and wants, and is enough. So, I sort of think of this as a "problem" novel, where the problems are pretty mild. And, I certainly think there is room for teen problem novels where the problems don't include vampires and werewolves, and the book never once describes a pair of shoes by brand name..