Book: Seventeenth Summer
Release date: September 1, 2002 (First Published: 1942)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Library Sale
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 — when Jack leans in and whispers to Angie, You look nice with the wind in your hair, the strange new feeling s begin. Tingles, prickles, warmth: the tell-tale signs of romance. It’s the beginning of an unforgettable summer for Angie, full of wonder, warmth, tears, challenge, and love.Maureen Daly had created a love story so honest that it has withstood the test of time, winning new fans for more than six decades. Today, this classic is enjoyed by many who think of it as the quintessential love story, and as a glimpse of love in the 1940’s; a refreshing alternative to modern love stories, reflecting the beauty and innocence of new love.
To start off, this is one of my favorite romances of all time just because the innocence and time period give it such a deep meaning to me, rather than in modern romance, which I quite like to read as well, in which everything happens really fast, or it’s about lust. The time period of this book is in the 1940s, and I think this gives the main character Angie, a lot of history, living on a farm, and the fact that being asked on a date is a very big deal. The simplistic, but beautiful imagery really makes a reader feel the feelings of what Angie is going through, like on Jack, and Angie’s first date. The group of characters that this author has created are also well rounded, and they continue to grow on you as you read. There are plenty of realistic scenes in which of that time, a boy has to ask permission of one’s parents before going on a date, or when Angie is introduced to Jack’s friends, she feels uncomfortable at first, but they grow on her as well. I really think this book is a master piece, and very unique compared to other young adult romances. I’ve read this book multiple times, and it brings out new feelings, and discoveries every time. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good young adult book.
Cover: 7/10 – I imagined the main character different, but I like the authenticity.