The Popular Crowd. Teenaged sophomore Sue Morgan longs to be one of the popular crowd in her suburban high school. Thanks to Sue's brother Gary and his football fame at the university, Eden High football hero Pete Carroll takes notice and Sue is swept into the popular crowd.
There seems to be a price to pay for popularity when former friends have to be cut off and certain activities such as the Writers' Club must be ignored. Sue's head is spinning when she is pressured by the amorous Pete. She finds herself weighing her choices of popularity versus datelessness when she answers a moment of truth in the climax of this probing story.
Anne Emery was born Anne Eleanor McGuigan, in Fargo, North Dakota, and moved to Evanston, Illinois, when she was nine years old. Miss McGuigan attended Evanston Township High School and Northwestern University. Following her graduation from college, her father, a university professor, took the family of five children abroad for a year, where they visited his birthplace in Northern Ireland, as well as the British Isles, France, Switzerland, and Italy. Miss McGuigan spent nine months studying at the University of Grenoble in France. She taught seventh and eighth grades for four years in the Evanston Schools, and fourth and fifth grades for six more years after her marriage to John Emery. She retired from teaching to care for her husband and five children, Mary, Kate, Joan, Robert, and Martha.
Anne Emery wrote books and short stories for teen girls throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Her understanding of the lives of teenaged girls creates believable stories and characters that are readable and re-readable!
I was pretty surprised by all the talk of sex and arousal, etc in a 1961 teen book - more that it was okay to write about than it happening, of course. Sue's obsession with being popular was interesting, along with her thoughts about how far she was willing to go. Not my favorite story, but a fun perspective.