By AMY S. PATTEE
Reading the Adolescent Romance offers an exhaustive learn of the advancements in younger grownup literature because the Nineteen Eighties with a spotlight on Francine Pascal’s "Sweet Valley excessive" sequence, which has develop into a cultural and literary touchstone for either lovers and critics of the novels. Pattee rigorously examines the sequence’ content material, constitution, and readers, permitting her to enquire an influential advertising and literary phenomenon and to interrogate the intersecting affects of heritage, viewers positioning, and clarity that allowed "Sweet Valley" and different teenager sequence to flourish.
This e-book demonstrates that, as a sequence of customary romance novels, "Sweet Valley excessive" indicates tropes linked to either adolescent and grownup romance and, as a manufactured from the early Nineteen Eighties, has and keeps to espouse the conservative romantic ideologies linked to the period of time. whereas erstwhile readers of the sequence remember the novels with excitement, re-readers of Pascal’s novels — who take into accout studying the sequence as teenagers and feature re-visted the books as adults — are extra serious. curiously, either populations proceed to price "Sweet Valley excessive" as an id touchstone.
Amy Pattee is an affiliate professor of library and knowledge technology on the Graduate university of Library and knowledge technological know-how at Simmons collage in Boston, Massachusetts. There, she teaches children’s and younger grownup literature in either the library institution and in a twin measure software affiliated with Simmons College’s middle for the examine of Children’s Literature.