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My Darling, My Hamburger

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  3,028 ratings  ·  145 reviews
Four friends,
Two couples,
One year that will change their lives.

Liz and Sean, both beautiful and popular, are madly in love and completely misunderstood by their parents. Their best friends, Maggie and Dennis, are shy and awkward, but willing to take the first tentative steps toward a romance of their own. Yet before either couple can enjoy true happiness, life conspires a
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by HarperTeen (first published 1969)
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“The speeches! They were filled with borrowed things--borrowed over and over again until the words were nothing more than a series of clichés.”
― Paul Zindel, My Darling, My Hamburger

A favorite from childhood. Review to follow.

I heard from someone that Paul Zindel commented on how he did not write good books in the time period this came out.

I cannot confirm he said this. I hope he didn't.

He needs a reality check if he did.

It is difficult to explain how much this book meant to me and how beloved
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liz assuring boyfriend Sean of her homemaking skills: "I can cook and wash clothes." ...more
Mar 14, 2008 added it
Oh, this booked soothed my adolescent soul! I just love Paul Zindel...all of his books are so quirky and warmhearted. Can I get an Amen?
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if any author has ever more poignantly or perceptively captured the essence of what it means to be a teenager than Paul Zindel has done in My Darling, My Hamburger. The specific crisis situation that this book revolves around perfectly recreates the atmosphere that many teenagers nearing graduation from high school face in their own personal ways, the feeling that all of the sudden their life has started to move a little bit too quickly after seeming to have traveled at a snail's cr ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
I read this when I was a kid & would have given it 4 stars then. I liked it much more then but I still think the same things about the characters now as I did then. Liz is an idiot, her boyfriend's a jerk, Maggie needs to get it together & know her worth, & the guy she goes on a date with was ok. Reading this a s a kid I was alot more sympathetic to Liz going through the whole abortion ordeal. Reading this now I'm impressed & surprised that Paul Zindel wrote a book that dealt with sex & abortion ...more
Kori Looker
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed "My Darling, My Hamburger" by Paul Zindel, because I could relate to the characters. All of the characters are teenagers or very young adults. In this book, Liz is an average girl who falls for an average boy, Sean. The two have many problems in common, leading to their love for eachother. They take their romance too far, and Liz becomes pregnant. Liz's friend, Maggie, is there for her with whatever decision she makes. Sean and Liz talked about moving away, having the baby, and getting ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was too short, it was dumb. I gave this book 2/5 stars. I regret even that. I don't know how people like this. I suppose I would have to be a high school student in the 1950s to really get it though. I would have liked to find out what happened with Liz, but it's fine. The story made no sense. I think I might be taking this one to the free little library. I'm too "meh" about it. I didn't really like it. I don't think I even have it any more. If I do, I've hidden it from myself. ...more
Somehow I missed this book when I was growing up, and I don't really know how frankly.

This is the story of two best friends, seniors in high school, Liz and Maggie. Liz is glamorous and beautiful and has a boyfriend, Sean. Maggie isn't as pulled together, is a little more bookish and reserved. Liz sets her up with Dennis, a friend of Sean's. As Maggie starts feeling a little more confident and her relationship with Dennis gets off the ground, Liz starts to spiral out of control. Her bad home li
caitlin e.
Jun 24, 2008 rated it liked it
In preparation for the course on Young Adult library users I am taking this summer, I started reading Jezebel's "Fine Lines" column, and this book was featured at one point. I've never read Zindel, despite a hefty appetite for this kind of junk.

This book could not be written today. Zindel writes so expertly about the ambivalence that kids feel - towards relationships, towards themselves - and a confusion that is so real. I hope more YA authors today will be inspired by Zindel, and write more hon
Apr 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
I must be an idiot or something because I did not find this book charming like everyone else. Yes there was teen angst that we can all relate to but it all revolved around sex. The entire story does.

I could not relate to any of the characters or feel compassion for any of them. They started out flat and ended flat. The book takes over the course of a school year, but there were no changes in them.

Then ending was awkward and left a lot of unanswered questions. While I realize that life may not
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found a copy online, because all I remembered from my youth was the title, and I wanted to read or re-read it after all these years. It's very well-written, painfully true to life, and in the end, rather devastating. ...more
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA readers
Really liked it when I read it back in the seventies at the appropriate age to be able to really identify with the characters and their issues. It's a good "coming-of-age" book and I think it has a timelessness about it that will lend it to modern day YA must-reads. ...more
Wendy Luvert
Feb 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: once-upon-a-time
Favorite book from high school. Led Paul Zindel to be my favorite YA author.
Stace Leza
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
great story about the complexities of love and relationships in the teenage years
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Vintage ya is elite. Short and vibey.
Ridiculous title, very little character development, full of tropes, and eminently predictable.

2020 Catch Up Challenge: library book
This is the book I was so excited to review. I had so many thoughts when reading it and when I finished I just could not wait to get them down. Essentially, My Darling, My Hamburger is a book about first love, but it is more than that, rather it is a book on how teens deal with sexuality. Two couples are featured, Maggie and Dennis -- testing relationship waters for the first time, and Liz and Sean who engaged in sex.
Read the rest of my review here
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As great as I remember it from over 40 years ago. The only difference was that when I read it for the first time I was younger than the characters in the book and had yet to have some of the main experiences of the teens. Looking back all those years and having gone thru all of them, I can see their situation thru the eyes of a 55 year old, who remembers doing the same things and having the same things happen when I was much younger and understand how they felt as I felt likewise.

Highly recommen
Natalie Weiss
Nov 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned
I was honestly horrified by this book. I didn't think the representations of teenage characters were accurate at all, nor were the characters well-developed or written in a way that made sense. The thing that really got me, however, was the implication that a girl is obligated to satisfy her boyfriend sexually under all circumstances and that he reserves the right to be angry and persuasive if she doesn't. I'm so upset that this is the sort of thing marketed towards actual teenagers. It's very s ...more
May 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book seems unoriginal now but it was a revelation to me as a pre-teen
A title deserving of a better story.

Fun beginning; piddled away into some sort of dry moral. I read it only about a month ago and little has remained with me.
Jenna Foster
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I was talking to my aunt and she said she had to read this in jr. high lol. Talk about trying to scare kids out of sex.
Jun 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Oh man, this one had me at hello. I loved it and have read it so many times.
Paula Martin
This was terrible. I loved it.
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Muhamed Kante
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The book My Darling My Hamburger written by Paul Zindel is young adult novel , I really suggest you to read this book. One reason is because it really shows how some teenagers go through on their school life their life at home and their own life. Another reason why you should read this book is because the author is a really good writer he makes you feel like you are actually in the book. The main characters in the book are Maggie Tobin , Liz Carstenten , Pierre J
Gail Naomi Jaitin
This is a book that's hard to rate. Re-reading it now as an adult, I am surprised at how well-written and nuanced it is. There are no easy answers and no rainbow-and-sunshine endings. The characters seem flat at first, but become more interesting as the story goes on. No one is all good or all bad, just like in life (except maybe the adults, who seem fairly one-dimensional, but that is realistic too, because it's the way we see our parents when we are teens).

All of that said, it is weirdly date
Oct 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Good Lord. If it was possible to leave negative stars, I would.
I realize this was written in 1969 and a different time, but how was this ever recommended as young adult lit? It's horribly written and so boring i had to skim through most if it in about 15 mins. The characters were caricatures of disturbing stereotypes: the fat girl, the blonde, the good guy with nasty dad, bad stepdad, geek, and boy with a bad reputation. The story was hard to follow and i really didn't care about the characters.
Another one I had all but forgotten until seeing it on Listopia. This was one of a slew of Nice Kids Screw up Lives By Having Unprotected Sex books published in/around the 70s. There were a ton of them, but Paul Zindel was a better writer than most of the others. He was kind of the male Judy Blume for a while.

Still, the sentiments in these books, so simplistic and so reactionary, will make any teen in the 21st century bewildered and incredulous...well, unless they live in an ultra-conservative
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, read-over
Sweet Nostalgia....
I doubt I can recall all the details now, or even the characters names. But that doesn't mean I don't "remember"!
What I remember most is this:
6th or 7th grade... hearing about it only via friends in secret whispers... searched for in every public library(it was usually checked out)And... I know I read it more than once! It's probably the only book of this genre I can recall SO many years later. I know there were similar books I read and liked after... but I cannot recall them
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Paul Zindel was an American author, playwright and educator.

In 1964, he wrote The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, his first and most successful play. The play ran off-Broadway in 1970, and on Broadway in 1971. It won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was also made into a 1972 movie by 20th Century Fox. Charlotte Zolotow, then a vice-president at Harper & Row (now Harper-Coll

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