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Going Steady by Anne Emery
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Set in the 1950's, this teen novel by Anne Emery focuses on the pros and cons of going steady. The central character Sally Burnaby is the oldest child of a large, active, traditional family. She is thrilled when she becomes pinned to her boyfriend Scotty shortly before graduation. I found Scotty to be an irritating and controlling person. Scotty gives Sally constant advice. He suggests that she hone her tennis and diving skills. He suggests books for her summer reading. These "recommendations" affect Sally's self-esteem; she often feels inadequate and depressed after their dates.When Sally is invited to Scotty's home, he treats her like any other guest, rather than a girlfriend. Despite their relationship flaws, they discuss forgoing college and plan to be married in the autumn. I found the description of Sally's summer job (clerical work at a local university) to be interesting. Sally regards the work (stuffing envelopes and typing registration cards) to be dull and tedious. She often makes errors and is reprimanded by the brusque and efficient office manager Carol Colbert. As the summer progresses, Sally reevaluates her goals and evolves into a stronger person. The themes of this 1950's youth novel are relevant today. ( )
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Sally Burnaby looks forward to a carefree, happy summer with nothing to do but be with Scotty. But she soon discovers that the world does not stop for a couple in love. In fact, she finds that sometimes there are disadvantages to going steady.
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