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The Real Thing: A Tobey Heydon Story (Tobey Heydon #4)

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Tobey Heydon and Brose Gilman put their special friendship to the test when they chose colleges a thousand miles apart. To make it worse for Tobey, it seems that Brose can't write more than a ten-line letter! Tobey's plans for a happy summer reunion with Brose are dashed when a Texas heiress gets him a summer job on her father's ranch. Will Brose succumb to Jan Shelby, or ...more
Published 1951 by J. B. Lippincott Company
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Tobey and Brose decide to attend different colleges - to date other people, mature on their own, and figure out if what they have is the Real Thing. I love how Tobey makes good friends and develops her own interests, without pining away for Brose, always maintaining the sense of humor that made her a great teen heroine as she matures into a confident young woman. It is also a pretty good depiction of college life although four years go by awfully fast!

This was one of the first books I ever bough

In this fourth and final installment in the Tobey Heydon series (the Heydon family story does continue, however, with two books about younger sister Midge), Tobey and her long-time boyfriend Brose attend separate colleges. Though they plan that their hearts will stay loyal to one another, they both agree to date other people to find out if what they have together is "the real thing."

In some respects, I liked this the best of the four books. It's nice to see Tobey mature, and I really en
Aug 30, 2009 Dani added it
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys vintage series fiction
Shelves: part-of-a-series
I liked the light, airy feel of the story. However, I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the other books in the series that came before it. This felt like one of those filler books that authors write just to let the readers touch base with their favorite characters.
I love this for the whole 50's kitsch of the thing.
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Rosamond du Jardin first wrote humorous verse and short stories for newspaper syndicates, then went on to sell approximately a hundred stories to such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, McCall's and many other publications, abroad as well as in the United States. She also wrote five novels for adults before her first novel for teenagers, Practically Seventeen, which was published in 194 ...more
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