Sunday, August 5, 2012

Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly

Posted by Millie L at 7:46 AM 0 comments
August 5, 2012

Paperback, 340 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published 1942)
Summary from Amazon:
Angie didn’t think she would fall in love, especially not with someone in her small town. But when she meets Jack during the summer before she goes off to college, all bets are off. From the moment they meet, Angie and Jack can’t get enough of each other. Even though Angie’s family thinks she should be with someone more sophisticated and with a brighter future, Angie knows Jack is the right one for her. But although Angie and Jack are in for a summer full of romance, first heartbreak is not far behind...
My thoughts:
When I picked up this book I did not realize it was orginally published in 1942.  I saw it at the book store, read the back and thought it would be interesting.  When I started reading it I was thrown off by the way the characters were talking and interacting with each other.  So when I found out it was written in 1942 it made more sense.  (Although I did call my mother in law to find out what a car robe was!!)
The writing in Seventeenth Summer is fantastic!  I was able to get a real sense of what teenage life was like at that time and the fact they did drink a lot of Coke.  But at the same time, I felt like I never got to know the characters.  They seemed very one dimensional and I do not know if that was because of the time era that the book was written.  I never really understood Angie or Jack only that they liked each other.
Overall this was a good read but it did take me a while to get through it because there is not much action or anything that kept me interested for an extended period of time.   I did like the parts where Ms. Daly talked about family and life for a teenager at that time.  I just wish I was able to connect with the characters more.

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