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
Don't miss this book if you are a Cleary fan, or like sweet stories.
Jean Jarrett is a fifteen-year-old girl who doesn't feel like she fits in at her school. She and her best friend swoon over a young TV personality, but school and social matte ...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
I read the 1991 edition of this book when I was around 12 or 13, but all I could remember before sitting down to read it this time was that I really enjoyed it. Now that I've refreshed my memory and familiarized myself with the events of the story once again, I can see why it would have been a favorite.
Jean Jarrett is fifteen years old, and though her family doesn't have much money, she has a pretty decent life. She has a good friend named El ...more
Many people may think ...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
Such fun to return to this old-fashioned, cozy, slightly heartbreaking, relatable, sweet story as an adult, since I understand it better and have a greater appreciation for Jean's gradual maturation through the novel ...more
Wish I had discovered this series years ago!
A teen novel written more for the 10 -12 age range, "Jean and Johnny" was first published in the 1950s and seemed very old-fashioned to me even when I first read it in the late 1960s. There's something so sweet about the story, though, and it really captures the main character's journey as she experiences her first crush.
There is so much kindness here, too, between the members of Jean's family and in Jean herself. I ...more
This novel has a taste of the romance in Fifteen, but unlike Jane's story, Jean's is pretty firmly grounded in reality. Jean is a really nicely nuanced character. As the book began, she felt insecure but found her inner strength as she learned some things about herself. She fell for Mr. Gorgeous but eventually was wise enough to realize that sometimes things that sparkle are fool's gold. He ...more
What was most interesting about the book was the glimpse it gave of American life in the late 1950s, and particularly the economic realities of a single-income, w ...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
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
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
Beverly Cleary was born Beverly At ...more