Feature & Follow Friday: Buy this book!


Feature & Follow is a weekly blog hop hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.

Bookselling Time: Go to your biggest bookcases. Go to the second shelf from the top and pick out the sixth book from the left. Hardsell that book to us – even if you haven’t read it or if you hated it. (if you don’t have bookcases, don’t have six books on one shelf, etc, pick a book at random)

Beverly Cleary - First Love

For the three young women in the very special collection by Beverly Cleary, first love will be everything, and nothing, they ever expected.

Surely every girl growing up in the US has read at least one Beverly Cleary book, probably one or more of the Ramona books. Maybe less well-known are her YA books. Yes, Beverly Cleary wrote YA! First Love is a collection of three of these books: Jean and Johnny, The Luckiest Girl, and Fifteen.

Fifteen (1956)

It seems too good to be true. The most popular boy in school has asked Jane out — and she’s never even dated before. Stan is tall and good-looking, friendly and hard-working — everything Jane ever dreamed of. But is she ready for this?

Suppose her parents won’t let her go? What if she’s nervous and makes a fool of herself? Maybe he’ll think she’s too young. If only she knew all the clever things to say. If only she were prettier. If only she were ready for this…

The Luckiest Girl (1958)

Shelley Latham can’t wait to get to San Sebastian, where flowers bloom in November, oranges grow on the trees, and the sun shines almost every day. And once she’s there, things get even better. In no time, she catches the attention of two boys: one, a good-looking basketball star, the other, an interesting, fun boy who likes journalism. Shelley feels like the luckiest girl in the world. Now she’s about to discover the magic of falling in love — and a whole lot more.

Jean and Johnny (1959)

Fifteen-year-old Jean is astonished when a handsome Johnny whirls her ‘round the dance floor. She’s never given much thought to boys before; now Johnny is all that’s on her mind. Finally she finds the courage to invite him to a dance. But the excitement of a new dress and a scheme to take Johnny’s photograph cannot stop Jean’s growing uneasiness that she likes Johnny a lot more than he likes her . . .

First published in the 1950s, these books are, of course, dated, but the emotions that teenage girls felt back then are the same as girls feel today, even when the circumstances differ. I’ll never forget the scene in The Luckiest Girl with Shelley throwing roses into the garbage disposal after her mother buys a raincoat instead of the yellow slicker she wanted. I remember less about Jean and Johnny and Fifteen, but I know that I loved them too and they’re certainly worth (re)reading.

(Cleary’s fourth YA book, which is not included in this book, is Sister of the Bride, and I actually remember not liking it very much.)



  1. Hey there, Jenna, long time no hear. 😀 I haven’t heard about any of these books. But they really seem interesting. How’s the writing though? I really don’t have patience for archaic prose.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    • I haven’t read them in a long time, so it’s hard to remember. I would expect it to be somewhat outdated just because language changes over the years, but I checked the pages available to read on Amazon and it seemed fine to me. They’re fluffy books – nothing too deep – but they’re good.

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