Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish.
Today’s top ten revolves around throwback freebies – books from any time in our lives that made any impact. I chose teen books from the 80s. Back then, books geared toward teens weren’t called Young Adult (YA). They were called Teen, or if I borrowed from the library, a special section marked by age hosted them. With their colorful covers, often real-life pictures, stories of “normal” teen lives entertained me. Granted, once in a while, I read stories with controversial themes (e.g. sexuality, violence, drugs) as they were much harder to sneak access, but typically nothing harder than heartbreak and hi-jinks filled our reading experiences.
Please allow this old-head to moonwalk down memory lane as I share my top ten teen books read in the mid to late 1980s. Bring your Jellies, crop top shirts, and side ponytails!
The one that started my Sweet Valley High love. I preferred Elizabeth to her twin, Jessica.
Cheerleaders offered a series of the comings and goings of a high school cheerleading squad. Drama and hilarity ensued. Along with Toni Basil’s number #1 hit, “Mickey”, this book pushed me to try out and join my high school’s squad, which, coincidentally, had Mickey Mouse (the only high school with permission still to this day) as its mascot.
I remember this girl possessing a list of boys she owned crushes on, almost like the To All The Boys I Loved Before series by Jenny Han.
I read Heaven before I read Flowers in the Attic. Yeah. I know. But, still the book’s scenes burn fire in my soul.
My relationship with the Babysitters’ Club went in and out when they debut. I read the first four in order and then randomly afterwards. I drew bored of reading about babysitters (though I became old enough to become one) and moved to tastier fare, ahem, Heaven and Flowers in the Attic.
Unlike Dawn from The Babysitters’ Club, this Dawn kept my attention. Carry on.
This story is one of two MAJOR classics I’ll never forget. The odd thing is that I always manage to reread this book at least once every decade. I’ve read it in the 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s. I easily place this in my top ten life-changing book list…forever.
Team Love. Set. Match. I remember buying this book from our school book fair. I think she fell in love with the coach, who was a college student.
I read a lot of teen romance. A LOT! I developed unrealistic notions about relationships. How did I survive?
Come on. You should have expected this one. Mind blown. What was they thinking marketing this to us? Classic.
Judy Blume and V.C. Andrews made the most impact of my 80s’ reading years. Along with neon, leg warmers, and side ponytails, I adored reading teen novels. Sure, some mustered neon pink corniness. But, I loved them, and like any teen bookworm, cherished them as friends.
Do you remember your special throwbacks? Share your comments.