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Steffie Can't Come Out to Play

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  71 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Paperback, 203 pages
Published November 1978 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1978)
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Mar 28, 2007 Carol rated it it was amazing
This is the book that made me want to become a prostitute. I read it when I was nine and the seed was planted. It's supposed to be a cautionary tale about a young runaway who finds herself in a bus station in a big city.
Jun 09, 2008 Jessica rated it did not like it
This is one of those "edgy" young adult novels that was quite notorious in the late 70s (not quite the level of Go Ask Alice, but up there) and often cited during that period's "kids are losing their innocence" hysteria cycle. Steffie is a small-town girl who runs away to the big city to become a model and gets picked up at the Port Authority bus station the second she arrives by a pimp named -- get this -- Favor, who feeds and houses her for a few nights before turning her out on the street as ...more
Mar 06, 2012 Phyllis rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-peril
This is a classic in the teen peril genre. Small town Steffie runs away from home because no one appreciates her and quickly gets pulled into the urban spiderweb of teen prostitution. Steffie's pimp is named FAVOR, which is pretty amazing, but his BFF is another pimp named APRICOT STREAKER. I can't believe someone hasn't used that name for their band yet. I feel guilty enjoying these ridiculous, sensationalized novels because I know these are legitimate problems even now, but the hysteric melodr ...more
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Sep 15, 2008 Nica Noelle rated it it was amazing
Was obsessed with this book when I was 12 and proceeded to write stories, plays and musicals inspired by the young prostitute Steffie and her pimp "Favor." This book captured my imagination like nothing I'd ever read before. *Sigh.*
Feb 20, 2012 HeavyReader rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I saw the cover of this book here

and immediately remembered it.

If being a teenage prostitute is supposed to be a bad thing, why did the publishers of this book make the cover look so hot?
Charlotte Osborn-bensaada
Oct 26, 2011 Charlotte Osborn-bensaada rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, teen-memories
I read this book over 25 years ago, but can still remember my mother's disapproval and my avid interest in such a forbidden topic. It was right up there with watching Fame and Flashdance. Frankly the book was rather sanitized when one thinks about what really does happen to runaways, it was a useful cautionary tale.
Jul 27, 2011 Jessi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book that I read several times while growing up. This one's about a teenage girl who runs away from home and winds up in the world of prostitution. It's like a trainwreck I kept coming back to....
Jenny Sebastian
Jan 31, 2014 Jenny Sebastian rated it really liked it
Wow- this book was certainly an eye opener to a 13 year old girl!
Paige Y.
I read the when it was first released and have never forgotten it. When I saw a used copy available, I snatched it up. While not the best written ya book, I can certainly see why I never forgot it.
Jun 10, 2008 Melina rated it did not like it
A Cautionary Tale For Young Girls! Don't run away to the big city! Bad men will do bad things to you!
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Apr 19, 2009 Julie Suzanne rated it really liked it
I loved this in 9th grade. Seemed like forbidden smut.
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