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Steffie Can't Come Out to Play

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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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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.
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
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
Nica  Noelle
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.*
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
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.
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
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.
A Cautionary Tale For Young Girls! Don't run away to the big city! Bad men will do bad things to you!
Julie Suzanne
I loved this in 9th grade. Seemed like forbidden smut.
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