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Better Than All Right

1.64 of 5 stars 1.64  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Iris, a cool unsentimental sixteen-year-old, has profound effects on her fourteen-year-old cousin and an eighteen-year-old boy spending the summer at the same resort.
Paperback, 84 pages
Published 1977 by Bantam
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Jranee
I was told this was a terrible book and part of it were, but I think the overall message was great. The last line of the book goes, "I'll be all right where I go." I like that. I think that after getting to know, Iris, the main character, this simple statement rings true. I wish the same could be for Shelly but some people are just dealt a hard hand.

Drugs/Alcohol: Yes
Sex: Yes
Language: No
Violence: No
Nicole Norton
If it is not apparent from the rating above, I will explain how much I despised this book. To me, the book went from pretty stupid to amazingly stupid when I reached the middle and end of the book. First of all, if you love dialogue, then this is the book for you because it is filled with it. Page upon page of someone talking, with a couple surrounding details thrown in periodically, so you don't forget where you are. I "didn't get" or particularly like the main character, or any of the characte ...more
Michael Elrod
This book was absolutely less than all right! I thought it was absolute Filth. The hilarious thing is that it says right on the cover "The startling new novel by the author of True Morgan." This book was not at all startling, nor do I see how it might be considered to be startling when it was published. This book was published in the 70's, and from the stories I've heard from my parents about the 70's this book was light. I must say it took a while to adapt to the idea that Sherry was a guy. Iri ...more
Cami Beath
Better Than All Right
By Susan Beth Pfeffer

“You’re looking at Caryn, Iris, and Shelly. They appear to be spending a normal, happy Summer at the lake. They’re not.” Ha! This book was something else.....I found all the characters frustrating and felt that many were without redeeming qualities. I wish that Pfeffer had made them more complex, they were too one-dimensional and it drove me crazy! She only hinted at the themes that could have been developed in really cool ways. Better Than All Right is
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Janessa Brown
This book is ridiculous, and I would recommend it to no one. The story line is choppy, it's monotoned, there's no real emotion or expression in this story. I felt like the story neither had a beginning or an ending. I didn't get a single message from the entire story line. There were no morals, no themes, no thoughts really. The characters apparently don't use expression or think when they talk, because the whole novel is "he said", "she said". I hated it, but I've covered my second time period ...more
Pksoper
May 16, 2011 Pksoper rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Ooh, baby. I read this book so that I could recommend it to my students. Can I really recommend it? Sure, because it's old and will help them be grateful for well-written YA books. I've never before read a book whose sentence length read like a metronome. Someone must have told Pfeffer that YAs prefer short sentences. (because they're not very smart? because they can't read?)

Anyway, since it was published in 1972 and lasts a whopping 84 pages, it counts for a time period book that is quick, quic
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Katie
Gag me with a spoon. I honestly have nothing much to say about this book. There was no real plot, no real meaning, and nothing good about this book. It took all of my strength to keep reading, and I'm pretty sure I almost had to book it for the bathroom a few times just in case I threw up because intelligence was being sucked out of my brain.
WARNING: language, sexual reference, and drug reference.
Erin
Wow. Really? I can't even imagine a world where this would be better than all right. It was good for a laugh though...
elissa
An early Pfeffer novel, and probably one of the better written ones from my early YA reads.
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Susan Beth Pfeffer was born in New York City in 1948. She grew up in the city and its nearby suburbs and spent summers in the Catskill Mountains. When she was six her father wrote and published a book on constitutional law, and Pfeffer decided that she, too, wanted to be a writer. That year she wrote her first story, about the love between an Oreo cookie and a pair of scissors. However, it wasn't ...more
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