Paperback Crush

Paperback Crush

The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction

eBook - 2018
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For fans of vintage YA, a humorous and in-depth history of beloved teen literature from the 1980s and 1990s, full of trivia and pop culture fun.

Those pink covers. That flimsy paper. The nonstop series installments that hooked readers throughout their entire adolescence. These were not the serious-issue novels of the 1970s, nor the blockbuster YA trilogies that arrived in the 2000s. Nestled in between were the girl-centric teen books of the '80s and '90s--short, cheap, and utterly adored.

In Paperback Crush , author Gabrielle Moss explores the history of this genre with affection and humor, highlighting the best-known series along with their many diverse knockoffs. From friendship clubs and school newspapers to pesky siblings and glamorous beauty queens, these stories feature girl protagonists in all their glory. Journey back to your younger days, a time of girl power nourished by sustained silent reading. Let Paperback Crush lead you on a visual tour of nostalgia-inducing book covers from the library stacks of the past.
Published: New York :, Quirk Books,, 2018.
ISBN: 9781683690795
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jan 18, 2019

Having been a tween in the 90s, I DEVOURED BSC & Sweet Valley High. Nancy Drew too, but like the classic--not the modern rewrites. When I read them then, it was total escapism. Did I realize that the shenanigans the Wakefield Twins got into was total ridiculousness? Maybe. Did I care? Hell no. And the entrepreneurship of the BSC may have inspired my own very-short-lived bookmark making business. At the time, did I realize I was reading only about other white girls, and not getting the full scope of the world? No, because I grew up in a predominantly white town. I appreciate that while Moss called out the problematic tones of some of my beloved favorites (as she should), she also understood the love that us tween readers had for them. And as an adult reader, I can appreciate these books for what they meant to my tween self without necessarily pushing them on today's tween readers.

Dec 26, 2018

A warm, fuzzy walk down nostalgia lane for teens/tweens from the 1980s/1990s. The author also points out some of the more outrageous plot devices that will make you chuckle. --Rachel (For more of Rachel's suggestions, follow WoodneathRachel)

Hillsboro_JenniFerg Dec 13, 2018

This book is incredible! My inner teen self is screaming with delight! I love the collection of vintage book cover images, often a full-page spread. And there are so many interesting facts about the development of early teen fiction that I was completely unaware of. The cover illustration and layout is brilliant, and even the glossy pages are reminiscent of a textbook I would have read in middle school. This book is definitely going on my Staff Picks list!

Nov 23, 2018

I loved this!! The author manages to both evoke all of the warm fuzzy nostalgia of my childhood reads while also hilariously pointing out some of the more outrageous plot points my seven-year-old self happily swallowed. I loved the walk down memory lane, reminiscing about everything from the "Nancy Drew Files" to "Sweet Valley High," and remembering when crimped hair, scrunchies, and jelly bracelets were The. Coolest.


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