Jean and Johnny (First Love #3)
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 J...more
I take back anything I ever said about this being my least favorite of the Cleary YA books. It's certainly the one that makes me cringe the most, but that's only because it reminds me of my time wasted chasing after a not-good-enough. But good for Jean for learning her lesson and for wearing a killer dress to spend an evening with pigeons.
Cleary's books are always rich with home details that forever ...more
Bought it a few years ago and found it to be a normal length book, BUT as soon as I started reading it again, ...more
Being a glasses-wearer since junior high, I loved that Jean wore them. I could relate to her insecurities ab ...more
Jean and Johnny is the third of Cleary's novels for young adults. For me it did not have the magic of Fifteen or The Luckiest Girl. Even so, she captured pretty exactly the feelings of a 14-year-old girl who wonders whether or not a boy likes her. I especially could relate to the phenomenon of becoming completely tongue-tied when in the presence of said boy.
What bothered me was how passive Jean would be in any situation concerning Johnny. She was so blind to how much of a self-centered player he ...more
The story takes place in Jean's house, a school and a live show. This main character named Jean lives in this house where she works on drying supper dishes while her older sister Sue, washes them. Later, Jean and her best friend Elaine go watch a commercial where this boy singer Kip Laddish sings awful and even dances awful. Jean's dad, Mr. Jarret dislikes ...more
Don't miss this book if you are a Cleary fan, or like sweet stories.
Read my full review on my blog: http://sharingsoda.blogspot.com/2011/...
I must admit, I find a certain aspect of this book just CHARMIN ...more
Jean & Johnny is about a short 15year old girl living a very ordinary life with her parents and older sister. She gets asked to dance - at a dance she wasn't even really attending and thus begins her obsession with Johnny.
What I really like about these books is that while they're very ol ...more
I'll start with what I liked about it: it was a cute story about first loves. I liked the ending a lot. And for the most part, I liked Jean. She was a bit obsessive, but it's understandable; Johnny's her first crush!
Now, for what I didn't like. First, I couldn't real ...more
Wish I had discovered this series years ago!
Reading this book reminded me of the days when I had my first crush, as Jean had with Johnny.
I mean, how can I not sympathize? Jean was the overthinking and slightly desperate girl I once was. Her many experiences were sweet and entertaining.
Much more, how can you just not love the way they spoke in the 1950s? It was just so novel.
It might be possible that I am extremely biased, as I have read the other 2 countless times since my teens years, whereas this one some how managed to fly under my radar. But then again, I realized after I finished this, that I had read it before, it just honestly wasn't that memorable. Though it did make me want to go read the other 2 again. :)
"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 . . .This high-school story, which is both funny and touching, is about a girl who lacks self ...more
The story is fine for a 9 year old and everything is 1950s appropriate. I will be interested to see if ...more
Beverly Cleary was born Beverly At ...more