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Fifteen (First Love #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  3,653 Ratings  ·  300 Reviews
Jane, a high-school sophomore, has never had a date before. What's she to do when the most popular boy in school is suddenly looking in her direction? With warmth, perceptiveness, and humor, Beverly Cleary chronicles the joys and worries of a young girl's first crush.
Published by Turtleback Books (first published 1956)
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Wendy Darling
I wish I could go on a date in the 50s, in no small part because Stan Crandall is ever so dreamy. If you haven't met him yet, and you have a weakness for nice boys with a winning grin, you really should swing by to pick him up for your next book date!

Stan is the object of affection in Fifteen, and he has a golden tan, green eyes, brown hair with a dip in it, and a sincere smile. Jane Purdy meets him one summer afternoon when he saves her from a babysitting disaster, and though he asks her out sh
Jun 02, 2010 kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2010, 5-star
Aawwwwww. Lovely.
THere are two things I really enjoyed about this book.
First, it's a great slice of life from the mid-fifties, when girls wore dresses and walking five blocks to the movies and stopping by the malt shop was the usual type of date that teenagers had. No hooking up, they don't even kiss for several dates. The parents being worried because she's going out with a boy in a car, shocking!!! The descriptions of the clothes and having to sneak into the closet for a few private minutes o
Aline Dufflocq
Nov 09, 2011 Aline Dufflocq rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is brilliant and I love everything about it, it is simple and witty, and for a long time what I wanted my life to be like when I was fifteen. This book is probably the one book that has the most sentimental value for me, it's because the first time I ever read this was when it was read aloud to my sister, Michelle and I when I was about nine years old, it was read to us by our cousin Dominique, or D.D to us. She was five years older then me and two years older then my sister and we all ...more
Lars Guthrie
This is a sweet little book written in the fifties, about being fifteen in the fifties, that is probably too dated for a modern fifteen-year-old. Cleary's books about the children of the Klickitat Street neighborhood written in the same period have retained more relevance, and kept their bloom much better.

I read this at the same time as Lynne Rae Perkins's 'Criss Cross.' It was interesting how much more jaded kids in that book were, written five years ago about being fourteen in the seventies.
Feb 27, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was my all time favorite book until I reached high school. There is so much affection for this book that just seeing the cover makes me smile. This book was read between 1987-1989, right at the peak of my adolescence. I wish I could remember the exact time that I read this book, but I do remember re-reading this book several times. I remember wishing that the boy that I liked would ask me to go steady and give me his ID bracelet. Unfortunately, I don't think that this book would be as ...more
What a cute read. It reminds me of the Avalon books I read in junior high where the climactic event was that simple first kiss.

It was nice to read a story about a first crush, self doubt, and simple love. Even though this book was written back in the fifties, I was still able to enjoy it for what it was worth. No sparkly vampire waiting around the corner in a silvery volvo, just a nice boy with a dip hair cut and an innocent girl waiting for his call and looking forward to a date at the movies
Hannah  Messler
Jun 29, 2011 Hannah Messler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So when I finished The Group on Monday I thought Gee I wish I wish I wish I had a wonderful YA to read next, but I was in a hurry to get out of the house and didn't have time to loot the other girls' shelves so I just picked up Einstein's Dreams, which is okay-seeming so far. But THEN the very NEXT day I received in the mail from my brilliant magical perfect mother THIS! Like she heard me in a dream from the future and mailed it. And as soon as I'd read the first page I remembered all these bril ...more
May 13, 2012 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen girls, also their parents

This was Beverly Cleary's first novel for teens, preceding The Luckiest Girl by two years. I had not read it when I was growing up, but if I had I probably would have loved it. I wasn't a complete girly girl but I certainly was interested in boys!

Jane Purdy is 15 and a high school sophomore. She has never been on a date with a boy she likes; only some boring boy named George, a friend of the family.

" 'Today I'm going to meet a boy,' Jane Purdy told herself, as she walked u
An old favorite. I think I ran across this in my middle school library when I was about fourteen or fifteen and I instantly fell in love with Jane and have never stopped siince. She is so relatable in the way she feels about Stan and her worries that he won't like or or that he does like her but ohmygod, her parents are so embarrassing and the dance is coming up and she assumes he is going to ask her because they've been spending time together but she doesn't want to ask him straight out, she wa ...more
Donald Tate
Upon finishing Fifteen, I consider it to be a simple, but powerful story of a young girl (Jane) experiencing love and dating for the first time. The inner growth that she undergone by the end of the book was remarkable-she learned to accept herself for who she was, and realized she didn't need to change to please other people (not only when it came to dating, but to life in general). While, in the beginning, Jane only wanted a boy, she gained so much more. Not only did she end up with a great bo ...more
Aug 09, 2010 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When we went to the library today, I saw this book and had to check it out. It's such a short and easy book that I finished it after dinner. Fifteen by Beverly Cleary was one of my favorite books when I was in jr. high. I've read this book so many times. Even though it was written in 1956 and life was so different then, I could totally relate to the main character, Jane. The way Jane thinks, the things she worries about, and her insecurities were just like mine when I was a teenager. It brought ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Martina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Konstance Smith
This book does take you back to when you were just starting to date and nothing else mattered but what you were wearing, what you were driving, and what he thought of you. Just like in life she figures out that most of that really doesn't matter.
Kerri De
My first impressions of reading fifteen are that it is a well written novel. I found it to be an easy read, from chapter to chapter with no breaks in the plot. The story flowed well and engaged the reader with areas of conflict and suspense as Jane developed meaningful relationships with her peers, Stan, and her parents. I enjoyed reading the story about a young girl beginning high school and finding her first love. I feel this book is suitable for the young adult reader, probably young women ag ...more
Heenly Pelayo
No one Realy is writing reviews about books they didn't like so I decided to make one. This book was written a while back I think the 50's. Which I think is probably why I don't like it because im more of a girl who reads newer book. So I guess what I'm trying to say is This book is good and stuff although it's not my cup of tea. So basically it's about a girl who falls in love for the first time with what she describes as a cute delivery guy. Although Jane never has dated before and doesn't kno ...more
Sep 22, 2013 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first impression of Beverly Cleary’s Fifteen was that it was an easy book to read. However, it also had you wanting to found out what happened at the end. Jane, Julie, Stan, Marcy, and Buzz remind me of the life any other teenager will or have experienced. Wanting to be popular and having a steady boyfriend or girlfriend to show off or as a high school young lady waiting for that handsome guy to ask you to the high school dance, All of which I can relate to. I believe fifteen is a great Young ...more
Emily Pier
Fifteen is a cute and innocent story about a young girl, Jane, and her dating experiences. The book was not clear of the time period it was set, but I am assuming in the fifties which is when it was published. I thought the book was a little hard to get into, because there wasn't a whole lot to the plot. I prefer to read more exciting stories and I thought Fifteen was lackluster. I saw Jane as somewhat of a dull main character. She was so wrapped up in "being someone" at her high school that it ...more
Mar 07, 2015 Cdee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been on my TBR for an absolute age. I don't actually remember where I first heard about it but it's a young adult and wrote and set in the 1950s so had to get my hands on it. Finally got it from the library and read it in one day. It was good. Probably would have enjoyed it so much more when I was about 11 or 12 but thought it was a well thought out and cute coming of age read.
Nov 02, 2014 Rebekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifteen is a delightfully corny experience. The situations taking place and the language used to describe them are right out of a Disney movie, entirely wholesome and innocent. Still, it's hard not to enjoy something this adorable, even if I did find myself groaning at some of the cliches in the romance. Jane experiences the same things teens continue to today, though she does so in a very safe and sheltered way, the worst thing that happens is that she impulsively pecks a boy on the mouth. Scan ...more
This was cute in a way that made me really nostalgic for something I would have loved when I was a young teenager.
Jul 03, 2014 emilie.❤ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favorite in the 'First Love' series. This was the first romance novel I purchased, and I'm sure I'll still enjoy its sweetness and simplicity for a long time. Even though I'm not into romances like I was when I was a silly 14 year old, I don't think I'll ever get rid of this one. In a world where many teen books focus on infatuation and how hot and sexy everyone looks, it's incredibly refreshing to go back to the way love stories used to be. You won't find smoking hot guys with amazi ...more

This is a story of guy chasing in high school life during the 1930’s-1950’s. The reading level is for ages 11-14. The main character is a female student in her teens named Jane Purdy. Jane is desperate to have a boyfriend. She has a babysitting job with a very naughty child to watch over. When in need of help during her babysitting job Stan shows up. Stan Crandell was all she wanted but her confidence made her unsure of Stans feelings for her.

I have never read any of Beverly Cleary books in the
Sep 26, 2013 Maryanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tweens, teenagers
Recommended to Maryanne by: Youth Lit Class
Fifteen shows a generation where life seemed simpler. Walking to the soda shop and hanging out with friends and waiting for the phone to ring. On page 4, when Jane speaks of no-down-payments-to-veterans neighborhoods I think of the Sears house kits which were built when the soldiers came home from war. I like the feel of the time Jane lived in and think of how many other kids could use that type of laid back teenage life now. Marcy makes Jane feel like plain boring Jane but her relationship with ...more
My first impression of Fifteen was the this book is very dated. It is a sweet story of a teenage girl with no “real” problems in her life except that she doesn't have a boyfriend. In some ways I could relate to Jane. I had a relative idealistic life as a teenager. I babysat, spent time with girlfriends, thought my parents were mortifying, and had a very nice boyfriend. However, like many teenagers I dealt with depression issues, trying to decide if I wanted to fit in by drinking, doing drugs, or ...more
Ashley Kelley
Fifteen is a simple, innocent love story set in the 1950s. The novel follows Jane, a high school sophomore, as she has her first crush. Throughout the story Jane balances home life with determining how to act around boys (who she is) and if her first crush likes her. Although not entirely relevant to young adults today, Beverly Cleary's Fifteen can give youth perspective about dating, fitting in, and being yourself. (Ashley, read Fall 2014)
I actually enjoyed reading this book. I did think that I would just because its a little young for me. I think that this book was for a 13-17 years of age, so I wasn't sure. Turns out that it was interesting and I was able to quickly read. I was able to connect to this book when I was fifteen and I was just like Jane looking for that perfect boyfriend boy friend that all the popular girls had. I enjoyed the time frame of the book when couple hung out at the drive in movies and wear the cute litt ...more
Stacy Wines
Fifteen is a very easy read. The story is about young love, first love. It is an innocent story. It also shows how teens often assume one thing, when an entirely different thing is the truth. This lesson can be applied to adults as well as teens. Things are not always as they appear. I would recommend this book to a young reader, especially a girl as it is written from a girl's point of view.
DeAnn Tollefsrud
Mar 26, 2010 DeAnn Tollefsrud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, ciara, ashlyn
I found this book to be LOL funny. I was just laughing to myself the whole time while reading this book. Ok, so It wasn't readlly suppose to be funny. It's a coming of age, teen romance for the 50s. Kinda' of a window to the past and to see "somewhat" what it was like to grow up at that time. Maybe how my mother's teen years would have been like had she grown up in America.

What is great about the book & why I right away handed it my almost 15 yr old daughter was (first of all It's a very squ
Apr 09, 2015 Gracie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was outdated but so nostalgic. It's about a girl named Jane who wants a boyfriend more than anything, and it's so relatable to all teenage girls. When she finally starts dating dreamy Stan, they make all kinds of mistakes around each other out of pure nervousness. I know I would have been hooked on this series in my early teens.
Roger Byykkonen
Beverly Cleary has an easily readable novel for anyone wanting to revisit the dating years of their past. It brought me back to the days when going on a date seemed awkward and everything is hyper-sensitive with the upcoming event. Even the smallest change to plans can seem like the sky is falling during the first dating adventrues in our lives. This novel is a fun story with a classic just short of fairy tale ending. I would recommend this to anyone raising a daughter to review what might be go ...more
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Beverly Cleary (born April 12, 1916) is the author of over 30 books for young adults and children. Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour. Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice ("Beezus"), Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.

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“She means well, but she always manages to do the wrong thing. She has a real talent for it.” 46 likes
“The humiliation that Jane had felt turned to something else--grief perhaps, or regret. Regret that she had not known how to act with a boy, regret that she had not been wiser.” 18 likes
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