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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  893 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Lauren and Spencer share a love of poetry, and both have problems with their parents. But when Lauren realizes that she is falling in love with Spencer, she also begins to recognize his moody and self-destructive side.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Harper Teen (first published April 20th 1993)
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I'm giving this five stars, not for how I might read it now, but for how I read it in sixth grade.

Spencer? SWOON. Like, five-stars swoonerific. Be still my eleven-year-old heart.

Seeing this book also makes me think I need to start laying off making fun of the Twilight tweens. As far as obsessive, co-dependent love goes, Stephanie Meyer's characters pale (hahaha, pun) in comparison. But seeing this book makes me realize that I did indeed find that terribly romantic when I was a tween, so I need
♔ Shayna
Honestly the only thing I can say is this is, and always will be, my favorite book. I can never get pass the beauty and ingenuity of this book. This book is the equivalent of a gateway drug introducing me to my new life, obsession, and passion.
I have no idea why this book, a 20 year old teen read with a dated cover, caught my eye but I'm so glad it did. It is a poignant read that really affected me.

Lauren is a high school senior, the introverted, smart, bookish type. Spencer is a track star, and one of the most popular boys in school. She was in love with him in eighth grade when they used to be best friends. When Spencer's athletic ability moved him up the social ladder in the ninth grade he dropped her.

She's confused about her inte
Feb 09, 2008 Kelli rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
This book was an eye opening book to me. I can't explain why exactly, but I know that when I read this after renting it from the library I was so engrossed that I waited until the library put it in the book sale they were having and I bought it. I was meant to read and own this book. I read it at least 5 or 6 times in the few years following my original read in high school. I could not believe the freedom the girl received and the fact that they both put themselves out on a limb for each other. ...more
OMG, I read this in 8th grade and LOVED it. It was probably my favorite book as a teen because I related to it so much more than other YA out in the 90s. And the guy on that cover? He still makes me swoon!
Synesthesia (SPIDERS!)
This is actually a great book. I identified with the main character's obsession with books.
It's just this is another book I first read in high school. Ages ago I read it again as an adult and noticed that the relationship in the book is totally unhealthy.
And the main character, she tries her best to stick by it, however, I'd be afraid teenage girls would read this book, get into relationships with troubled young men and think that their loooooooooove can save them.
This isn't the case though. A
I was, like, 14 when I read this book. It's not for 14-year-olds. Mary Downing Hahn should stick to kids books. I remember thinking when I read this that it was really dirty. Looking back, it may not have been that dirty. But the main characters where, like, 17 and sexually active... but it was okay because they were totally in love. riiiiiight. Also, I remember that he carried a condom around in his pocket and I thought that was weird. ALSO, if I'd read this when I'd been volunteering at the ba ...more
Kendra Allen
As a middle school student, I came to own a copy of this book. After reading and loving it, I promptly passed it to all of my friends. Today, my copy is yellowed, creased, and close to falling apart. I read it again recently, revisiting Lauren and Spencer and their high school romance. While my reading interests have matured, there is still something that plays on the introverted bookworm in me and draws me in, making me want to be Lauren so that I can have a Spencer, too.
This was my FAVORITE book as a young teen that I read over and over and over again. I've actually been trying to find it online on and off for years but I couldn't remember the title just lines from the poem the two main characters like to recite and their names too. Finally tonight I found somebody asking the same question online and there was somebody with answer for them: "The Wind Blows Backward". This was a shared favorite with my jr. high school best friend and I, we wore the book out. I r ...more
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One of my favorite books that I first read in seventh grade. This was the book that solidified my love of books. I have read this book once a year since and I am now almost 30. Its a book that all teens should read. Has an amzaing storyline and brings to light tough issues for teens. Loved it, Loved it!!
And people think Edward and Bella are needy and co-dependent? They've got NOTHING on Lauren and Spencer!
I was a huge fan of Mary Downing Hahn's children's books from the time I was in 2nd grade. I discovered this book when I was in 6th grade, and it was definitely the first book I ever read with a more mature, adult mindset and plot. I'm amazed at how many people have said the same thing in their reviews that I feel about what this book did for them.

This book did for me as a young adolescent what another of MDH's books, Wait till Helen Comes did for me as a 7 year old. It opened my eyes to what go
I seriously used to read and reread this book like once a week when I was twelve. MDH was my absolute favorite author back in the day, and I remember once I wrote her a letter when I was about 8 (and reading her middle grade stuff), and she wrote back to me the nicest handwritten note and the recommendation to read this one when I was older. This book is so romantic, dramatic, terrifying, and sad, and wins bonus points for making me interested in nineteenth century poetry at a time when my main ...more
This came out in 1993 and changed my life as a reader. I loved it and must have read it 10 times. Coming back to this as an adult, it still holds up. I still love it.
Stephanie Briceno
Okay so I have read this book before when i was in sixth grade and it's been stuck in my head ever since. I absolutely love this book. I love the cliche love story and the high school drama that Mary Hahn put is this book. I'm a hopeless romantic so I really enjoyed this book. It's like most high school romance books. The jock finally notices the lonely girl or the most popular girl in high school finally realizes lonely boy. The main characters had a thing before you could say and they have alw ...more
My copy of this book is missing pages. The cover had come off, so I rubber banded the whole thing together. I have loved this book since I was allowed to choose from the Junior High library shelves in 5th grade (I had read all of the books in my grade's section). Such a good book. A bit intense for the younger crowds, but still so good.
There isn't anything that I can add that hasn't already been said time and time again in almost every review. I read this book in junior high, renting it from the library so many times that I convinced the librarian that I lost it just so I could pay to keep it! And I still own that copy - and another "just in case."
I loved this book so much. I dont know why. Some of it you read you sat and thought, "yeah ok, like that would happen", but other parts you were like "wow, I can understand that, it happened to me". Even now that Im older, I still love this book and can read it over and over again
Jenn Westwood
I loved this book! My friend just randomly grabbed it off a shelf without looking at it and I finished it within 12 hours. I just couldn't put it down. It really related to what's going on in my life and I would reread it again any day!
This is the book that changed it all!! I used to HATE reading, but after i read this i can't stop!

This book is great. The story draws you in and keeps you wrapped up in the lives of the people telling the story. You can't put it down!
I remember reading this book in the 7th grade. It is suprisingly good. It has lots of literary allusions you wouldn't expect from young adult fiction. It deals with depression in a thoughtful way.
My favorite book growing up... Still one of my favorites, actually!
Hum...Goodreads doesn't have a lot to say about this one, does it? Most people rate it 4-5 stars, and I admit I was once a great lover of this book. When it was first published, I was around Lauren's age. Now, I'm a year younger than her mom. Really puts things into perspective. I had my own copy for over a decade, but traded it on Paperback Swap a few years ago. I saw this tattered copy when I was browsing the library shelves last week, and was flooded with a tidal wave of book nostalgia. I had ...more
The angst. Good god the angst.

Oh, don’t get me wrong — I can see what this would be such an appealing book for young teenagers: that same angst, and the ‘bad boy’ in need of saving, and that the characters have sex... A classmate recommended this to me when I was twelve or thirteen, and the What's the Name of That Book? group recently found it for me again. I remember very little of what I thought of the book then, but I remember that my classmate — who was, like me, bookish and introverted — ha
More to come but yikes... When I first read it I was like instant 4 stars and thought it was ahmazing, but I came out of this second read through feeling really disturbed. Literally just... Yikes.
Plus I don't know about y'all but when did cross country runners the idea of a "jock."
(Oh the gif possibilities are endless)
Also nothing swoony or sexy about screaming "yahoo" and running around pretending to flap your wings. But ya know he's into dark poetry so that'll do it for some girls.
On to the bi
I read this book with my niece about 10 or 12 years ago. Totally taken in by the very believable story. Spencer and Lauren were friends in middle school she was shy and read books that most people didn't care about. Spencer was geeky but he too liked those Sci Fic fantasies. Well what started out as a friendship turned into a very big crush on Laurens part. When High School started Spencer grew 5 inches lost his dental work and totally ignored Lauren. Or did he? The winter of senior year, Spence ...more
Jul 23, 2013 natasha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: poetry lovers!
Shelves: rereads
This book seriously affected my outlook on life.
It has really really inspired me.
I got this book from a huge church sale-meaning I wasn't paying attention to what I was grabbing, I just grabbed piles. And I'm sooooo glad this happened into my bag.
Now, I'm not usually into the whole romance novel thing, but this book isn't too overly romantic and cheesy like most are.
I love the characters, and how they're NOT perfect. I love the mysterious, secretive, dark aspects of the story and Spencer's ch
Courtney Bocci
So, I tend to avoid books that were ZOMG FAVORITES when I was in my angsty teenage years because I don't want to find out they weren't as good as I remember. This was an exception - I found a copy on Paperback Swap and was ecstatic when it got here, complete with the surly, black and white, early-90s looking cover art.

The thing is, it was just as good as I remember it. Sure, I'm (mostly) removed from feeling that way by at least a decade and a half, but that doesn't mean I've forgotten it all. T
It was interesting to read a YA novel from a time before YA was really a "thing," when novels for teens were about weighty issues and often had somewhat of a teaching agenda. I enjoyed the story, though some events were a bit too symbolic or foreshadowed too heavily. And for being teenagers, the characters seemed old beyond their years, thinking far deeper thoughts than I had in high school. Yet I found myself wanting to yell at Lauren..."Do more! Help Spencer more! You are far too intelligent t ...more
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