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Seventeen Paperback – March 20, 2006
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Newton Booth Tarkington had produced the PENROD series of juvenile novels before writing SEVENTEEN. In this work, he narrates the summer of love (lower cased letters then) of William Sylvanus Baxter, who is smitten with Miss Lola Pratt, also known as "the Baby Talk Girl" because of her talking baby talk, endearing to William, but grating on the father of the girl whom she is visiting for the summer. I read this book when I was an early teen; and years later read it to my then pre-teen daughter. On both occasions I found it to be amusing and insightful.
William is a typical young boy who goes through a series of pratfalls and misadventures. Like many of his status, he is clueless. He tries to write, um, poetry. A sure sign that his is smitten. Tarkington is able to straddle the fence of finding humor in William's behavior without being unduly condescending.
A young reviewer commented earlier that the emotions and behaviors of his characters where more like fourteen- or fifteen-year old adolescents. I would have to agree with that perspective: from the standpoint of today's teens, if Tarkington's book were written recently, it would probably merit the title "FOURTEEN." Nevertheless, I think that SEVENTEEN was an accurate depiction of middle adolescents of that upper middle social class in that era in history.Read more ›
That review up there by our 17-year-old critic simply
proves that Tarkington is *exactly* on target in his
novel "Seventeen." Aforementioned critic could *be*
William Baxter...William would have reacted almost exactly
like this to Tarkington's portrait of him, is my guess.
"Seventeen" is still one of the funniest books ever
written, allowances made for time and place. Tarkington
was always a sly fellow, and he's in top form here.
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We have read this over and over again to the point that we had to find a new copy - the other was falling apart.Published 2 months ago by Agnes Graff
A truly wonderful and entertaining story. The plot concerns the trials and tribulations of 17 year old William Baxter and his attempts to befriend a new girl in town (Lola Pratt). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Caelo
Fun and funny, albeit very old-school. Tarkington is a much-neglected American original.Published 20 months ago by R. Quackenbush
My dad, who is now 94 years old, read this book when he was young. His mother told him to either read it before he turns 17 or way after, because if he read it at age 17, he... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Susan Woodhouse
My kids and I enjoyed reading this book together because my oldest has recently become quite enamored with a young lady at church ;) The only thing that I didn't like about it was... Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Alia Bailey
This was a funny parody of the tumult in a teenager's life. As an adult, it gives you a quick reminder at how silly and ridiculously serious teenagers are when it comes to... Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Cindy Lou Who
Having read the other reviews, I would have to say that I disagree that it is a great, but dated, classic. It is a classic, period. Read morePublished on July 29, 2010 by amateur woodworker
The thing about "Seventeen" that is consistently bemusing is the way in which Tarkington evokes a past that seems innocent, even if it was anything but. Read morePublished on April 1, 2009 by anonymous
Alas, Tarkington is probably doomed to become a literary footnote. And that's a very sad thing. His characters are memorable, and his writing is charming, witty, fun, and speaks... Read morePublished on September 28, 2005 by John M. Lemon