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Seventeenth Summer

3.12  ·  Rating details ·  3,847 ratings  ·  625 reviews
Until the summer before college, Angie Morrow didn't really date. Her mother didn't like her to go out much. But no one -- not even Angie's mother -- can resist the charm of strikingly handsome Jack Duluth. His good looks grab Angies's attention from the moment in June when Jack throws Angie a smile at McKight's drugstore. And on their first date sailing under the stars -- ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Simon Pulse (first published 1942)
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Kelly H. Pruitt I thought this book was pretty typical of life in the 40's. My mom was a teen in the 60's and this book reminded me of conversation I had with her in…moreI thought this book was pretty typical of life in the 40's. My mom was a teen in the 60's and this book reminded me of conversation I had with her in my teens (90's) discussing difference between generations. She was a very conservative girl and said if she overhead anyone talking about sex, she walked away embarrassed. Mom said 'Making out' was having sex and 'Making love' was kissing, which was totally backwards to me. It was interesting hearing the term 'necking' in this book which was something I haven't heard of in a long time. So, I was totally not surprised that it ended with them just barely kissing a few times. (less)

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Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I had to read this for my young adult literature class as this was one of the first books classified as "young adult"! I went into this optimistically since it's described as a love story, but I was disappointed. Although it was interesting to read a book written and set in the early 1940s, the main character is quite dull and the writing style was not for me.
Chelsie Hinds
Dec 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
The story's synopsis on the back cover implies that it will primarily be about two teens who fall in love and spend an ample amount of time together. But it isn't at all. In fact I knew more about Angie's sister Lorraine than I knew about her. I could better understand how her sister had fallen in love than how Angie had. I don't even believe that Angie was in love at all. I do feel that she was simply infatuated with the first boy that paid any attention to her and that she never really showed ...more
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Qt
Shelves: ya, 1910s-1950s

I am so glad my friend gave me this book for Christmas (thank you, Qt!) because I would probably have never picked it up myself; judging from the modern-looking cover, I would have written it off as an annoying and brainless teen romance. How wrong I would have been!!!

Here is the story, set in the early 1940s in Wisconsin, of seventeen-year-old high school graduate Angie Morrow and her first love, Jack. Though I would say this is a romance story, first and foremo
Kristine Hansen
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What amazes me most about this book is that it was written by a girl who was seventeen at the time of writing it. That the author wrote this story so she would always remember just what it felt like to be seventeen. She did a beautiful job of it.

This is a book that is prose heavy - lots of lyrical description which isn't unusual for the time period. The thing is, I happen to like this style, and enjoyed feeling everything she did as she experienced the world around her. But then, thi
Feb 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'll skip over the plot summary stuff because everyone can very well read it at the top of this page, and I'll plow right on with my criticisms.

I didn't like this book at all. I was so disappointed, I couldn't even finish it. I'm sorry, but not even Twilight has brought this kind of feeling. I was so excited to read this book but after getting through the half of it, my disappointment overrode everything else. First, because of the heroine. Angie Morrow is just so stoic, and plain, a
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bethany by: Kathryn
Shelves: young-adult
First off, thank you ever so much for recommending this to me, Kathryn!

What a lovely experience reading this was. I feel I truly lived this seventeenth summer along with the darling Angie: I could feel the fragrant warmth of June; the sticky heat of July; and August with its creeping autumnal chills. The descriptions were luxuriously luminous, and never felt overwrought to me. Also, the prose was so fresh-eyed I think it only could've been written by a young female. (Wikipedia tells
Nov 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: junior high girls
Recommended to Kellie by: Professor
Shelves: mine-and-read
Seventeenth Summer was better than I thought it would be. It was a little hard to get into, although that didn't surprise me since it's from the 40's and writing styles have changed so much.

I wasn't thrilled with the seemed rather unfinished to me. I almost want to look and see if there is a sequel, because I want to know why Lorraine's life was so bad after the book (as Angie explains on page 115) and, naturally, I'd like to know if Jack and Angie really do keep in touch after they
Aug 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I think of this book I can't help but laugh.

The positives: I like the organization. June, July, August. Very rational. The main character is going through something relatable to most teen girls: her first love. Swoon

And now for the main event. When I first read this book in 2011, I couldn't help but remember The Rape of the Lock. For all you English Majors out there, here's a refresher. What seems to be a mighty battle between good and evil, chastity and demonic sexual deviancy, is actually a game
Sep 18, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I would have known that this book didn't take place during today's day and age. I had a really hard time reading this book. I felt like they were speaking in another language. And once I figured out that it happened "back in the day" although I'm still not sure what time period this was, it became a little easier to read, but it was just so choppy, I guess.

I think I may have been more prepared to enjoy it. I guess it's kind of sad that it's acceptable in today's society that t
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Whenver there is a fallish type of day in August, as today is, I am reminded of this book that I first experienced when I was entering eighth grade; it was a cast-off from older sisters, and I yearned to be a teenager like them, so I read the book to get an idea. It touched me so much, and I always return to thoughts of it on days as I mentioned above. What a brilliant book for a teenage girl to write at a time so innocent and different from our sex-driven culture today. I have bought so many co ...more
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not a big reader of romantic stories, but I really loved this one for its beautiful writing, and also because it was written in the 40s, which made it more interesting to me. Really, really liked it.
Amy Rae
I've been on a vintage YA kick lately, and it seemed wrong to read a bunch of old teen books and not try The One That Started It All: Seventeenth Summer, often pointed to as the first modern young adult novel. (Plus, I'm a little fascinated by what a game-changer this book was. Can we please talk about how there was a literary prize named after it, and yet there are almost no details available on that fact? It's enough to make a girl want to write a thesis.)

Seventeenth Summer is a book I found more fascinatin/>Seventeenth
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Alright, so I'm going to give a quick summary of the book as the summary above doesn't do this book justice. However, my summary is going going to be a few sentences long because I don't want to give anything away!

Seventeenth Summer is about a girl named Angie who, over the course of the summer, falls deeply in love with a boy named Jack. It divulges into her world, and how she lives her life in her small town. It's really a coming-of-age novel, and is about a girl becoming the woman
Jan 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
I hated reading this book. Hated it. It was written in the 1940s, and good goddamn but I am glad I wasn't a teenage girl in the 1940s. The atmosphere of this book made me claustrophobic.

The protagonist spends her whole summer adrift in a social and sexual world in which she has very little agency or insider knowledge. It's all, "I hope this boy will call, BUT OF COURSE I WOULD NEVER SAY THAT TO ANYONE OR CALL HIM MYSELF (and when my sister calls a boy, I will totally judge her for be

I appreciate this book because it is the forefather (-mother?) of YA books and YA literature. But when I read the description I wondered what could possibly happen in 340 pages when it's simply a girl trying to decide if she loves a boy or not.

Well, description is what happens. Lots and lots of description. I like well written description and believe that it definitely can make a book, when used appropriately. I felt like it was mostly filler in this book
Feb 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
I liked the simplistic nature of their love. It made me yearn for respect and honor, modesty and decency. I admire that slow courtship. The plot is kind of slow, but that's how I think of their lifestyle. Slow and simplistic. Innocent and calm. The book itself I think wasn't fantastic, but I liked the romance and the character development.
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I picked this book up I assumed I'd be reading a cute YA summer read. In a way the book completely meets those expectations, but that wouldn't quite be the whole story.

From the cover you would assume that this is a contemporary story. The summary does really nothing to tell you anything different. Even the author's biography just mentions the fact that she was in college when she wrote the book, but curiously never mentions what she is doing now. It's only when you look at the c
Megan (The Book Babe)
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For whatever reason, Seventeenth Summer was just a flat read for me. I didn't connect with the characters, and I really didn't see the romance in it.

Angie, our main character, is way too prim and proper. I couldn't relate to her in any way, and I often found myself wondering why she even bothered? She would say how disgusted she was with Jack's eating habits, or his family, and I don't understand why it matters? She's supposed to love him, right?

They fell in love way too f
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Aug 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
I got more than halfway through the book and just couldn't do it, I couldn't finish. Narrator Angie Morrow is just so unlikable and dull -- no wonder no one ever paid attention to her! The pacing was terribly slow and author Maureen Daly spent more time describing unnecessary details, such as grass and the sky, than describing who her characters were. Similarly, there was barely any dialog between Jack and Angie, so I'm still trying to figure out that whole relationship. It was nice, though, to ...more
Hannah Young
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Angie is a girl who does not bother with having crushes on boys. Angie is a good girl, she doesn’t get in trouble and she is very controlled by her parents. The summer before she goes to college she has nothing to do over summer vacation, but then she meets Jack. Angie cannot reject the fact that she has feelings for him. Angie and Jack start spending a lot of time together and it quickly becomes serious. In the back of her head she knows what the fall will bring. I think adults would like this ...more
Jul 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teenage girls
It is about a girl's seventeenth summer, first love, and all that. But it's not icky or frilly. Something about the way it's written makes you want to hold your breath and make you feel like crying through the whole thing. Try it.
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
It is the summer Angie is 17 years old, the summer before she goes to college in Chicago. The summer she falls in love with Jack. Angie tells her story, starting off when she first meets Jack, the local baker's son, and the progression of their relationship over the next three months.

This might have been one of the most boring books I've ever read. That's not to say it has no merit; I'm sure it was quite popular in the 1940s, when it was published, as it's a romance that many girls w
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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This wasn't a bad book, but it is very slow-paced and, to be perfectly honest, nothing really happens.

This book was published in the 40's, so this book also takes place in the 40's. Just something you might want to know before starting this. Angie, our main character, has just graduated high school and this is her last summer before college. She ends up becoming infatuated with Jack, who's kind of a popular athlete in h/>
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Do you remember the way you felt before your first date? How it was the most terrifying experience of your life? Seventeenth Summer tells the story of a girl struggling with her first relationship, the complications that went with it, as well as getting ready to go off to college. A quote I believe shows this is, “You see, it was different! It wasn’t because it was with Jack either, it was something much more then that. It wasn’t written as it’s written in magazine stories or as in morning serials whe ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-realism
"Until the summer before college, Angie Morrow didn't really date. Her mother didin't like her to go out much. But no one -- not even Angie's mother -- can resist the charm of strikingly handsome Jack Duluth. His good looks grab Angies's attention from the moment in June when Jack throws Angie a smile at McKight's drugstore. And on their first date sailing under the stars -- when Jack leans in and whispers to Angie, "You look nice with the wind in your hair," the strange new feeling s begin. Tin ...more
Aug 22, 2010 rated it liked it
First published in 1942, the difference between writing today and several decades ago is very apparent in this lazy summer read.

Angie’s, the main character, home life is that of the forties and to the generation of today some of the expectations set forth upon her by her parents and society can be maddening.

When Angie and Jack fall in love the summer after their high school graduation Angie is slowly changed into what she never was before. She went to venues she never inhabited befo
Katieeoh Lacanlale
I already prepared myself before reading this book that this will be heartbreak, and indeed it is. Summer romances come and go, those summer flings that we all kind of want to have but also not to have it because it all leads to sadness and heartbreak and it is not easy to forget. But hey, this book is just ALL ABOUT THAT SUMMER FLING"NESS".

At the few chapters I was feeling the story of Angie and her love life with Jack and all the rollercoaster feels of falling in love in high school. I get it
Karly Kirkpatrick
Jan 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was required to read this book for a YA lit class, for the week covering the history of YA. While this might have been a sweet and innocent piece of fiction for the time (1940s), it does not hold up to modern day reading. The book basically revolves around a girl and a boy and their, relationship? Which is weird because I feel like they talk maybe 5 times in the entire book, despite going on dates through the whole summer. This book was way too long, so much description, I felt like I was read ...more
Madeline Ellis
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: eng-356-2
Angie is young and excited to be done with high school and move forward to college until she meets a boy. This boy is someone she has grown up with, but he was the popular boy who dated all of the popular girls and never would have noticed Angie. After going on a date, Angie and Jack steadily move forward with their relationship, but every aspect is new to Angie. She has never experienced anything like this and loves feeling this way. As summer progresses, Jack and Angie must make decisions rega ...more
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Maureen Daly, a writer whose first novel, “Seventeenth Summer,” anticipated the young-adult genre by decades when it appeared in 1942 and has endured as a classic coming-of-age story, died on Monday in Palm Desert, Calif. She was 85 and made her home in Palm Desert.

Maureen Daly, about 1942.
The cause was non-Hodgkins lymphoma, her sister, Sheila Daly White, said.

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