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Annoying and preachy,
This review is from: Love is One of the Choices (Mass Market Paperback)
Norma Klein's books are readable and their focus on love and sex relationships give them an appeal for teenage girls, but the author's obvious political bent (ardent feminist) gets in the way of her stories. The characters in this book, as mentioned in other reviews, are so politically molded as to seem to be made of cardboard. One is a staunch feminist, and since she is the brighter, stronger character, the reader is expected to share her opinions. The other is a weak-minded, confused girl who has a tepid affair with an older man she ends up marrying. The author makes a point of ending the book with the reader not knowing whether this girl miscarried her baby or not: the point is supposed to be that it doesn't matter. That approach might work for pro-choice activism, but it doesn't express real people's concerns in a genuine fashion. (Please keep in mind that I am pro-choice; I simply think this kind of politicization of novels makes for poor literature.) The same kind of political assertions permeate the rest of Klein's novels, which I read as an impressionable teenager, then quickly tired of.