Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss audiobook

Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction

By Gabrielle Moss
Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Blackstone Publishing 9781683690788

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982583941

  • ISBN: 9781982583934

  • ISBN: 9781982583958

Runtime: 4.89 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Humor
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A hilarious and nostalgic trip through the history of paperback pre-teen series of the ‘80s and ‘90s

Every twenty- or thirty-something woman knows these books. The pink covers, the flimsy paper, the zillion volumes in the series that kept you reading for your entire adolescence. Spurred by the commercial success of Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club, these were not the serious-issue YA novels of the 1970s, nor were they the blockbuster books of the Harry Potter and Twilight ilk. They were cheap, short, and utterly beloved.

Paperback Crush dives in deep to this golden age with affection, history, and a little bit of snark. Listeners will discover (and fondly remember) girl-centric series on everything from correspondence (Pen Pals and Dear Diary) to sports (The Pink Parrots, Cheerleaders, and The Gymnasts) to a newspaper at an all-girls Orthodox Jewish middle school (The B.Y. Times) to a literal teen angel (Teen Angels: Heaven Can Wait, where an enterprising guardian angel named Cisco has to earn her wings “by helping the world’s sexist rock star”). Some were blatant ripoffs of the successful series (looking at you, Sleepover Friends and The Girls of Canby Hall), some were sick-lit tearjerkers à la Love Story (Abby, My Love), and some were just plain perplexing (Uncle Vampire?) But all of them represent that time gone by of girl-power and endless sessions of sustained silent reading.

In six hilarious chapters (Friends, Love, School, Family, Jobs, Terror, and Danger), Bustle Features Editor Gabrielle Moss takes the listener on a nostalgic tour of teen book covers of yore, digging deep into the history of the genre as well as the stories behind the best-known series.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Part history, part snark, part love letter to the past, Paperback Crush is the hilarious pop culture history book millennial readers have been waiting for.” Bustle
“Chatty and nostalgic…YA history buffs and academics alike will want to read, reminisce, and chuckle through this fun but well-done work.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Moss’ lovingly snarky writing style will fuel former teen-girl paperback readers’ appreciation.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Gabrielle Moss

Author Bio: Gabrielle Moss

Gabrielle Moss is a Features editor at Bustle and the author of GLOP: Nontoxic, Expensive Ideas That Will Make You Look Ridiculous and Feel Pretentious. A self-proclaimed “elderly tween,” her writing has appeared in Slate, GQ.com, the Hairpin, and many other fine publications. She lives in New York with a massive collection of BSC books.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Humor
Runtime: 4.89
Audience: Adult
Language: English