Book Review: Paperback Crush

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Author: Gabrielle Moss 

Amazon Description:
For fans of vintage YA, a humorous and in-depth history of beloved teen literature from the 1980s and 1990s, full of trivia and pop culture fun.
Those pink covers. That flimsy paper. The nonstop series installments that hooked readers throughout their entire adolescence. These were not the serious-issue novels of the 1970s, nor the blockbuster YA trilogies that arrived in the 2000s. Nestled in between were the girl-centric teen books of the ’80s and ’90s—short, cheap, and utterly adored. 

In Paperback Crush, author Gabrielle Moss explores the history of this genre with affection and humor, highlighting the best-known series along with their many diverse knockoffs. From friendship clubs and school newspapers to pesky siblings and glamorous beauty queens, these stories feature girl protagonists in all their glory. Journey back to your younger days, a time of girl power nourished by sustained silent reading. Let Paperback Crush lead you on a visual tour of nostalgia-inducing book covers from the library stacks of the past.
Personal Review:
There are a few things that shaped and truly defined my childhood, most notably was the Babysitter Club and Sweet Valley books. These books were a lifeline for me and even when I didn't feel like I could be with the popular kids, these books were my escape. They meant something to me that was really important.

All of that to say, when I found out about Paperback Crush, I had to get it. It was a straight up buy for me. I want to hold on to the nostalgia of my youth and this seemed like a fun way to do so. In doing so, I learned so much!

There were so many other books that I have never heard about and it was fun to see a history like this. I am so grateful for this book and all of the new books it has introduced to me. 


Happy Reading!

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