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Seventeenth Summer

3.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,052 Ratings  ·  474 Reviews
Until the summer before college, Angie Morrow didn't really date. Her mother didn't like her to go out much. But no one -- not even Angie's mother -- can resist the charm of strikingly handsome Jack Duluth. His good looks grab Angies's attention from the moment in June when Jack throws Angie a smile at McKight's drugstore. And on their first date sailing under the stars -- ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Simon Pulse (first published 1942)
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Chelsie Hinds
The story's synopsis on the back cover implies that it will primarily be about two teens who fall in love and spend an ample amount of time together. But it isn't at all. In fact I knew more about Angie's sister Lorraine than I knew about her. I could better understand how her sister had fallen in love than how Angie had. I don't even believe that Angie was in love at all. I do feel that she was simply infatuated with the first boy that paid any attention to her and that she never really showed ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Qt
Shelves: ya, 1910s-1950s

I am so glad my friend gave me this book for Christmas (thank you, Qt!) because I would probably have never picked it up myself; judging from the modern-looking cover, I would have written it off as an annoying and brainless teen romance. How wrong I would have been!!!

Here is the story, set in the early 1940s in Wisconsin, of seventeen-year-old high school graduate Angie Morrow and her first love, Jack. Though I would say this is a romance story, first and foremost, it's also a "coming
Nov 30, 2008 Kellie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: junior high girls
Recommended to Kellie by: Professor
Shelves: mine-and-read
Seventeenth Summer was better than I thought it would be. It was a little hard to get into, although that didn't surprise me since it's from the 40's and writing styles have changed so much.

I wasn't thrilled with the seemed rather unfinished to me. I almost want to look and see if there is a sequel, because I want to know why Lorraine's life was so bad after the book (as Angie explains on page 115) and, naturally, I'd like to know if Jack and Angie really do keep in touch after they
Jan 28, 2012 Melee rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melee by: Kathryn
Shelves: young-adult, wishlist
First off, thank you ever so much for recommending this to me, Kathryn!

What a lovely experience reading this was. I feel I truly lived this seventeenth summer along with the darling Angie: I could feel the fragrant warmth of June; the sticky heat of July; and August with its creeping autumnal chills. The descriptions were luxuriously luminous, and never felt overwrought to me. Also, the prose was so fresh-eyed I think it only could've been written by a young female. (Wikipedia tells me Maureen D
Feb 22, 2012 Rox rated it did not like it
I'll skip over the plot summary stuff because everyone can very well read it at the top of this page, and I'll plow right on with my criticisms.

I didn't like this book at all. I was so disappointed, I couldn't even finish it. I'm sorry, but not even Twilight has brought this kind of feeling. I was so excited to read this book but after getting through the half of it, my disappointment overrode everything else. First, because of the heroine. Angie Morrow is just so stoic, and plain, and simply bo
Kristine Hansen
Aug 17, 2015 Kristine Hansen rated it it was amazing
What amazes me most about this book is that it was written by a girl who was seventeen at the time of writing it. That the author wrote this story so she would always remember just what it felt like to be seventeen. She did a beautiful job of it.

This is a book that is prose heavy - lots of lyrical description which isn't unusual for the time period. The thing is, I happen to like this style, and enjoyed feeling everything she did as she experienced the world around her. But then, this was such a
Mar 20, 2015 Qt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, romantic, retro
I found this in its 1942 edition in a box of old books from a library sale, and didn't realize it had been republished until I came on GoodReads to add it here.

I am not a big reader of romantic stories, so I just figured it would be a nice book for summer, maybe a bit dull because of the romance, but pleasant enough. Surprise! I was *enthralled*.

I wasn't bored even once, in spite of there being very little "action"--it is basically a simple, but lovely, tale, and most of what goes on in the boo
Feb 10, 2008 BookDigger rated it really liked it
I liked the simplistic nature of their love. It made me yearn for respect and honor, modesty and decency. I admire that slow courtship. The plot is kind of slow, but that's how I think of their lifestyle. Slow and simplistic. Innocent and calm. The book itself I think wasn't fantastic, but I liked the romance and the character development.
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Apr 01, 2012 Breanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Alright, so I'm going to give a quick summary of the book as the summary above doesn't do this book justice. However, my summary is going going to be a few sentences long because I don't want to give anything away!

Seventeenth Summer is about a girl named Angie who, over the course of the summer, falls deeply in love with a boy named Jack. It divulges into her world, and how she lives her life in her small town. It's really a coming-of-age novel, and is about a girl becoming the woman she is mean
Aug 13, 2013 Margaux rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I think of this book I can't help but laugh.

The positives: I like the organization. June, July, August. Very rational. The main character is going through something relatable to most teen girls: her first love. Swoon

And now for the main event. When I first read this book in 2011, I couldn't help but remember The Rape of the Lock. For all you English Majors out there, here's a refresher. What seems to be a mighty battle between good and evil, chastity and demonic sexual deviancy, is ac
Hannah Young
Mar 11, 2013 Hannah Young rated it it was ok
Angie is a girl who does not bother with having crushes on boys. Angie is a good girl, she doesn’t get in trouble and she is very controlled by her parents. The summer before she goes to college she has nothing to do over summer vacation, but then she meets Jack. Angie cannot reject the fact that she has feelings for him. Angie and Jack start spending a lot of time together and it quickly becomes serious. In the back of her head she knows what the fall will bring. I think adults would like this ...more
Katieeoh Lacanlale
I already prepared myself before reading this book that this will be heartbreak, and indeed it is. Summer romances come and go, those summer flings that we all kind of want to have but also not to have it because it all leads to sadness and heartbreak and it is not easy to forget. But hey, this book is just ALL ABOUT THAT SUMMER FLING"NESS".

At the few chapters I was feeling the story of Angie and her love life with Jack and all the rollercoaster feels of falling in love in high school. I get it
Kay Mckean
Sep 05, 2014 Kay Mckean rated it it was amazing
This is a book that takes place pre-WW II, and I love the nostalgic and innocent feel of the story. The book reveals the thoughts of a young girl in her first love for a boy, with all the introspection and breathlessness and expectation that comes with it. Angie is not an outward type of person but is reserved, thoughtful, observant, mindful of things going on in her small and sheltered world. I think some of the young women reading the book today might not appreciate the subtleties of the writi ...more
Sep 04, 2014 Marion rated it did not like it
I got more than halfway through the book and just couldn't do it, I couldn't finish. Narrator Angie Morrow is just so unlikable and dull -- no wonder no one ever paid attention to her! The pacing was terribly slow and author Maureen Daly spent more time describing unnecessary details, such as grass and the sky, than describing who her characters were. Similarly, there was barely any dialog between Jack and Angie, so I'm still trying to figure out that whole relationship. It was nice, though, to ...more
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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This wasn't a bad book, but it is very slow-paced and, to be perfectly honest, nothing really happens.

This book was published in the 40's, so this book also takes place in the 40's. Just something you might want to know before starting this. Angie, our main character, has just graduated high school and this is her last summer before college. She ends up becoming infatuated with Jack, who's kind of a popular athlete in her town
Sep 13, 2010 Tahleen rated it it was ok
It is the summer Angie is 17 years old, the summer before she goes to college in Chicago. The summer she falls in love with Jack. Angie tells her story, starting off when she first meets Jack, the local baker's son, and the progression of their relationship over the next three months.

This might have been one of the most boring books I've ever read. That's not to say it has no merit; I'm sure it was quite popular in the 1940s, when it was published, as it's a romance that many girls would have re
Mar 03, 2011 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, contemporary, romance, ya
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Considered to be the first YA novel ever published, Maureen Daly (1921 - 2006) started writing this when she was 17 and finished it when she was in college, and finally published in 1942. Seventeenth Summer is about Angie Morrow's last summer before she goes off to college spent in her hometown in Wisconsin. Angie catches basketball star Jack Uluth's eyes and he asks her out on a date and they fall in love. As summer ends, their inevitable separation looms and the
Sep 18, 2011 Katy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I would have known that this book didn't take place during today's day and age. I had a really hard time reading this book. I felt like they were speaking in another language. And once I figured out that it happened "back in the day" although I'm still not sure what time period this was, it became a little easier to read, but it was just so choppy, I guess.

I think I may have been more prepared to enjoy it. I guess it's kind of sad that it's acceptable in today's society that teen relation
Apr 09, 2012 Nshslibrary rated it liked it
Do you remember the way you felt before your first date? How it was the most terrifying experience of your life? Seventeenth Summer tells the story of a girl struggling with her first relationship, the complications that went with it, as well as getting ready to go off to college. A quote I believe shows this is, “You see, it was different! It wasn’t because it was with Jack either, it was something much more then that. It wasn’t written as it’s written in magazine stories or as in morning seria ...more
Madeline Ellis
Jul 06, 2012 Madeline Ellis rated it it was ok
Shelves: eng-356-2
Angie is young and excited to be done with high school and move forward to college until she meets a boy. This boy is someone she has grown up with, but he was the popular boy who dated all of the popular girls and never would have noticed Angie. After going on a date, Angie and Jack steadily move forward with their relationship, but every aspect is new to Angie. She has never experienced anything like this and loves feeling this way. As summer progresses, Jack and Angie must make decisions rega ...more
May 21, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-realism
"Until the summer before college, Angie Morrow didn't really date. Her mother didin't like her to go out much. But no one -- not even Angie's mother -- can resist the charm of strikingly handsome Jack Duluth. His good looks grab Angies's attention from the moment in June when Jack throws Angie a smile at McKight's drugstore. And on their first date sailing under the stars -- when Jack leans in and whispers to Angie, "You look nice with the wind in your hair," the strange new feeling s begin. Tin ...more
Megan (The Book Babe)
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For whatever reason, Seventeenth Summer was just a flat read for me. I didn't connect with the characters, and I really didn't see the romance in it.

Angie, our main character, is way too prim and proper. I couldn't relate to her in any way, and I often found myself wondering why she even bothered? She would say how disgusted she was with Jack's eating habits, or his family, and I don't understand why it matters? She's supposed to love him, right?

Aug 22, 2010 Stacey rated it liked it
First published in 1942, the difference between writing today and several decades ago is very apparent in this lazy summer read.

Angie’s, the main character, home life is that of the forties and to the generation of today some of the expectations set forth upon her by her parents and society can be maddening.

When Angie and Jack fall in love the summer after their high school graduation Angie is slowly changed into what she never was before. She went to venues she never inhabited before, went to
Sep 25, 2011 Shoshanah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I picked this book up I assumed I'd be reading a cute YA summer read. In a way the book completely meets those expectations, but that wouldn't quite be the whole story.

From the cover you would assume that this is a contemporary story. The summary does really nothing to tell you anything different. Even the author's biography just mentions the fact that she was in college when she wrote the book, but curiously never mentions what she is doing now. It's only when you look at the copyright dat
Maddy Merritt
Dec 31, 2012 Maddy Merritt rated it liked it
The plot in this book was really good, although the writing was a little slow. I didn’t really get into this book as easily as I do for others. The description in this book is phenomenal. You can feel, see, and smell everything Angie is going through. I thought it was neat that I live near the places she is talking about in the book, so I know she describes everything very well. What I like most about this book is how Angie keeps her head down in the whole relationship. Girls in this age will le ...more
Margie L
Jul 09, 2010 Margie L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really did enjoy this book. The writing is dated but I think that is what gives this book its charm. You are whisked back into 1940's America, an America that many people today would think is strange. I love how Angie was courted and how innocent she was and what a gentleman Jack was! I was in love with their love! The teenage social scene, their family unit, how forward thinking her parents were, being they had all daughters and pushing all of them to attend college instead of just getting ma ...more
Oct 18, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it
Two things I love about this book: 1. The dated vernacular is charming. I have no idea what a car robe is, or why it's a sin to wear oxfords out to the soda fountain, but the fact that Angie expects us to know makes the tone a little ironic and so, so colorful! 2. The refreshing descriptions of first love and new romance are spot-on. It's so easy to forget those little jolts of energy, sparks of optimism, or uncertainties we all go through in early relationships, but Ms. Daly recalls them all wi ...more
The summer before she leaves for college, family Angie falls in love with Jack Duluth. Originally published in 1942 the summer romance might not be sizzling enough for teens today as Angie and Jack get cokes at the local soda fountain and go to a summer dance. Angie knows that is more than a crush and as she leaves for college she says goodbye to Jack knowing that she has been changed forever. Not quite as sappy as it sounds, she never gets all that caught up in the relationship and keeps her he ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Whenver there is a fallish type of day in August, as today is, I am reminded of this book that I first experienced when I was entering eighth grade; it was a cast-off from older sisters, and I yearned to be a teenager like them, so I read the book to get an idea. It touched me so much, and I always return to thoughts of it on days as I mentioned above. What a brilliant book for a teenage girl to write at a time so innocent and different from our sex-driven culture today. I have bought so many co ...more
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Maureen Daly, a writer whose first novel, “Seventeenth Summer,” anticipated the young-adult genre by decades when it appeared in 1942 and has endured as a classic coming-of-age story, died on Monday in Palm Desert, Calif. She was 85 and made her home in Palm Desert.

Maureen Daly, about 1942.
The cause was non-Hodgkins lymphoma, her sister, Sheila Daly White, said.

Written when Ms. Daly was a teenage
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