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Dave's Song

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  49 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Alternating chapters present the view points of a high school boy and girl, long-time schoolmates who finally become curious about each other.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 28th 1982 by Bantam Books (first published 1969)
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Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a childhood favorite, and it is tangentially related to another of McKay's books, Canary Red. In chronological order, this one comes second, but it really doesn't matter, the crossover is minimal.

The books are 40 some-odd years old, and yet IMHO, they hold up well to the passage of time. The book follows the thoughts and interactions of Dave (the disaffected loner) and Kate (the mildly wild girl searching for truth and honesty). In alternating chapters we are given glimpses into their
I wish I could find the right cover for my copy because it's a better representation of the book's story (plus the guy is handsome and tall and has a chicken pecking at his feet) but ah well. This is another great book I probably found at a yard sale when I was in high school. It's another love love love book. It's a book about two high school kids, Dave and Kate, and basically how they grow up and make adult decisions. That sounds lame and boring, but it's such a wonderful book and not lame and ...more
Aug 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in grade school so after all these years it does seem a bit dated. I'm pretty sure I don't love it as much as I did back then, but I do remember being taken by the chapter titles which were lines from a song and feeling moved by them. That part remained the same for me. I am curious about the author, but have found nothing about him. Ah, well...the search continues.
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the 1st books I bought for myself as a teenager and read several times. I've even had my daughters read it.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in junior high - it was my first real romance novel. I related to both Cat and Dave. Like Cat, I was popular, out-going, and involved at school. However, I had a secret passion for science and sci-fi, and my curiosity was never quenched so I sat up nights under my covers reading Popular Mechanics and building things. Because I spent much of my youth on a farm, I understand the complexities of tending to farm animals, especially chickens. For this reason, even though I'm a girl, ...more
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Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. It was sweet and innocent and rang true for the time it was written. Since I grew up during this time, I could feel what it was like back then--- 1969.

It's about a small town and growing up in the late 60's. Kate can think of nothing but leaving that small town when she graduates from high school. She ends up dating two boys--- one is being prepped for the business world, and the other loves animals and was raised on a chicken farm. Dave is rough around the edges,
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