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Romance is a Wonderful Thing by Ellen Emerson White
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Jun 11, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: aaaaangst, fast-paced, old-fashioned-romance, ya
Read in June, 2012

The cover of my borrowed version is even goofier than this one!

Ardent fans of Ellen Emerson White will find things to love in this one: witty banter, loving family, sports fans.

But HOLY TOLEDO, bullying of girls in the 80s was some crazy shit! And we think things are bad now! I know that I'm supposed to think she's handling this major harassment properly, but it's seriously shocking. The asshole football player character goes way beyond jock hijinks, including menacing her at her locker, verbally harassing her IN CLASS IN FRONT OF THE TEACHER WHO DOESN'T DO ANYTHING, waiting for her after school, and attempting to rape her at a party. I am still shocked. Sometimes dated books get you like that.

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