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The Romantic Obsessions and Humiliations of Annie Sehlmeier

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After immigrating from Holland to live and attend high school in Utah, Annie enjoys her sister's support during the colorful experience until one special boy comes between them. ...more
Hardcover, 183 pages
Published August 1st 1987 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I had to add this book to my list because it was a pivotal book for my teens. There are parts in this book that, for whatever reason, I actually was so mortified for the girl that I sobbed as only a horrified teenage soul can. I still (at age 40) remember that vivid emotional breakdown. So I add it to my list. Probably not the most thought-provoking book ever written but man, did it make an impression on me. I haven't looked at toilet papering the same since!

I bought a copy on for a p
Jul 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was just as good as the Kate Bjorkman book by Plummer that I enjoyed so well. I just cringed and cried and laughed along with Annie and the things she gets herself into while in high school. In all of the books I've read by Plummer, she just nails the emotions and heartaches of an adolescent girl. I completely remember going through those exact same emotions. Good read! ...more
It was an interesting read, mainly because it's target audience is teenage girls, and it's an older book as well, a little slower, a little dated. But it's a great family novel, it was interesting to see how the relationship of the two sisters developed and learned to get along even with their differences. A pretty good family novel. Oh and it takes place in Utah with a lot of LDS characters ...more
Jun 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
A coming of age romance. A family from the Netherlands moves to Salt Lake City and the two teenage girls adjust to the life of Americans. High school becomes a wild adventure as the girls deal with boys, crushes, English, and life in general. Full of the embarrassments and pitfalls of high school.
Elisha Condie
Sep 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm leaving my little soon-to-be-remodeled local library 2 days ago and this book was on the FREE shelf! I felt so sad for it. I read this book as a kid and totally loved it. And it was on the free shelf. Shame on you, East Millcreek Library.

So I read it again last night and guess what? I still love it. It's about Annie Sehlmeier, a Dutch immigrant who moves to Salt Lake City and attends East High for her senior year. I love this author's narrative voice. She's a local author and I've always li
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in high school my junior year and loved it. I really liked the character and dealt with things i was myself going through. This book left an impression on me so much so that tracked it down by the only things i rembered it was of a teenage girl who resembles Meryl Streep who learns to drive and is prancing with toilet paper around a Beatle on the cover. Lucky i found the name and author so now i can recommend it to my neice who will soon enter high school. It is wonderfull story ...more
Juliette Caron
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
A librarian recommended this book to me when I was in junior high, and I will always be thankful. This is one of my all-time favorite books. I've read it at least three of four times. I even own two copies of the book in case I lose one. This story painfully illustrates the extreme highs and lows a teenager experiences. These are characters I've never been able to forget. Louise Plummer's characters are so believable, and I especially relate to Annie, her passion and the crazy, humiliating and w ...more
Katie Hutchison Irion
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Okay, this is one of my all-time favorite books. I own two copies just in case one gets lost because it is out of print. It is a story about a high school girl and just the circumstances that surround her unique life. I love her family and the story. I still cringe when I think about one scene and just how embarrassing it is for Annie. Oh geez, just thinking about it makes me feel sorry for her. Don't worry, not a doom and gloom book, I mean it is YA from the 90s. So cute. ...more
Oct 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Michelle by: Christy
Shelves: ya, 2008
Loved this cute, short story about a girl who moves to Utah from Holland her senior year. Nothing too deep, but lots of laughs at the stupid things we all do in High School -- especially for love. It was laugh out loud in parts and very sad in others. perfect mix.

**I must say during the last 'car' scene, I had to put the book down I was so worried about Annie! But I immediately picked it right back up of course. You have to be a good author to get readers that involved in your story.
Sandra Strange
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Annie, an immigrant from the Netherlands, comes to Utah with her family and quickly blends in to the high school scene. She really likes Jack, but she has a wild crush on gorgeous Wooley, a secret obsession that leads to humiliation and rejection. The novel is frank, bordering on explicit, in developing its theme concerning the difference between fantasy and reality/wild obsessive passions and real love. Positive, but not for more conservative readers.
Jul 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
The "humiliation" part of this book is truly written well. I had a hard time reading it as I could feel Annie's humiliation so acutely along with her(that is to say I almost broke the headboard off my bed from pushing against it with my head, in an attempt to get away from what was coming in the story I suppose.) A fun book. ...more
Sep 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Louise captured perfectly the essence of high school: the guy that everyone has a crush on, the creative dating, and plenty of toilet papering, plus complete and utter akwardness (if that's even a word) pretty much throughout the whole book. I love how much Louise's voice shines through. I could just see her laughing as she was writing. This is a fun story and an easy read. ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: adolescent-lit
Cute book. My 11-year-old niece read this so I figured I'd try it. So I tried to step back to my 11-year-old self and failed dismally. It was cute, but I like Louise Plummer's essays far more. I probably would have enjoyed it more when I was 11 though. ...more
Sep 25, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Annie and her family emigrates from Holland to Utah and adjusts to American life.

Humorous read with good characters. However, the events that transpire are depressing and slightly humiliating, with an ending that isn't very satisfying.
Feb 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a very cute Young Adult (High School age) romance story. It was a fun read and Kayla liked it too.
Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, 59
Great characters, great premise.

Also, I am big into quiet, slice of life stories and this book fits the bill.
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Oct 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Louise Plummer is good writer, and I was laughing and crying and flinching in embarrassment with her heroine--a teenage girl.
Jan 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was okay... I just didn't like what she did. I wished it was all a dream. But its cool to read overall ...more
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I borrowed this from a friend. Super funny. I died laughing during the hose scene, and died of humiliation during the "apollo" scene. ...more
Amy Egbert
Apr 07, 2011 rated it liked it
A nice quick dessert kind of book. Just really great snack food.
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Louise Plummer is a noted author young-adult fiction and a retired associate professor of English for Brigham Young University. She lives in New York, New York with her writer/professor husband Tom. Together they have four sons.

The Plummers moved from Boston to Minnesota in 1971 when Tom took a position at the University of Minnesota. While there, Louise earned a master’s degree in English. They

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