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

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

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 A hilarious and nostalgic trip through the history of paperback pre-teen series of the '80s and '90s. Every twenty...

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Title:Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction
Author:Gabrielle Moss
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1683690788
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

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

  • Renata
    Jan 18, 2019
    This was just the blend of nostalgia and criticism that I wanted. I loved revisiting series I loved/forgot about, as well as learning about other series that totally passed me by. I appreciated Moss's mixture of remebering her own faves, observing how they skewed white/abled/straight/u...
  • Kirsty
    Nov 19, 2018
    I loved this book! Of course I'm a sucker for this sort of thing anyway (I even co-host a podcast, Teenage Scream, about 90s teen horror; Point Horror, Nightmare Hall, Goosebumps, Christopher Pike ?yes please) so I was predisposed to enjoy it. The balance here is just right. Th...
  • Trin
    Jan 27, 2019
    I wasn't allowed to read "series" books when I was a kid; my mom (hi, Mom!) thought they were trashy. Of course, this only increased their allure for me, so I snuck reading them whenever I could: secretly buying them for a quarter at yard sales and hiding them behind my bed; tucking my...
  • Jessica
    Mar 29, 2019
    Ohmygosh, Becky! This was like, the MOST! Not merely a look at the history and trends of the books that shaped so many childhoods, this book is also so damn hilarious that I was crying with laughter multiple times! Gabrielle Moss can really write, and her zingy deep dive into teen p...
  • Lexie
    Jun 20, 2018
    Pretty much everything I wanted. It's s fun pop cultural dive into the history of Teen/Tween fiction from Nancy Drew to the Wakefield Twins. The format is fun, lively and perfect to pick up and put down in between running for class prez and prom Queen and baby-sitter of the year an...
  • Kelly
    Nov 17, 2018
    This was just fun. Thoughtful reading on nostalgic teen and tween book series from the 80s and 90s, peppered with interviews and insights into the trends and themes of these ubiquitous books. I extra appreciated that Moss highlighted how white and upper class these titles were, while a...
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    Nov 27, 2018
    A light and entertaining look at a subject I was not that well-versed on: YA fiction of the '80s and '90s. Moss divides the book by themes these books touch upon, such as friendship, family, romance, and taboo subjects and issues. I enjoyed that this book had pictures of covers and use...
  • Sarah
    Jul 26, 2018
    I squealed in excitement when Paperback Crush was first brought to my attention. I pounced upon the advanced copy, flipping through its contents, waves of nostalgic recognition brightening my day. Bummer Summer! Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You! If This is Love, I'll Take Spaghetti! Old...
  • Katie
    Feb 20, 2019
    So overall I liked this a lot, but at times, it was too snarky for me. Like, for sure I want a book like this to deal with lack of diversity and problematic approaches to serious issues, but I'm not here for making fun of ridiculous plots. I'm here to be nostalgic! ...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Feb 17, 2019
    OMG I NEED THIS LIKE I NEED AIR ...
  • Chris
    Oct 04, 2018
    Somewhere between the YA ?problem? novels of the 1970s and the record breaking premiere of Harry Potter, publishers targeted tweens with a very specific kind of book. They were often short paperbacks with flashy covers and sometimes ridiculous plots. In Paperback Crush, author Gabr...
  • Meg
    Jan 13, 2019
    My library covered this book with contact paper, just in case the contents alone didn?t remind me of fourth through eighth grade. ...
  • Emily
    Jul 18, 2018
    I absolutely loved this book. It is a sweet and truly hilarious trip down memory lane--one that also continuously recognizes the more problematic elements of '80s and '90s teen novels. No book about that era in YA lit can succeed without understanding the cultural period in which these...
  • Alexandra
    Nov 08, 2018
    when i first heard about this back in june, i pre-ordered it immediately. i was so excited! my entire childhood was filled with babysitters club (and babysitters little sister!), sweet valley, rl stine, point horror, lois duncan, christopher pike, apple paperbacks etc etc. i ate, s...
  • Anna
    Nov 13, 2018
    Very much through a modern lens, which is both good and bad. I hate the constant cries of how 'problematic' and 'racist' things were. It was an age pre-hyper political correctness -- of course these things were there, both with and without subtlety. Also, this book ends SUPER abruptly,...
  • Jen
    Jun 15, 2018
    Edit: Bought the finished copy at ComiCon. Woot, all the pictures! End edit. I really loved this book. I grew up reading YA from the 80s and 90s, so this spoke to me re: memory lane, but it also felt well researched. The author mentions YA books from other eras from American hist...
  • Jacqueline
    Jan 10, 2019
    This was a pretty entertaining and cute trip down memory lane. I grew up with Sweet Valley High and Babysitter's Club series (and all their variations, especially California Diaries--those mature themes taught me a LOT, probably too much, as a young teen). It was interesting to read ab...
  • Ryan
    Oct 26, 2018
    I am crushing on this book and it totally deserves it. It is not only a nostalgia book of my childhood paperback collection, but an indepth look at the various things that made 80s and 90s YA tick. It is broken down into sections like romance, jobs, family, mystery and horror. And for ...
  • Erin
    Nov 24, 2018
    As a millennial, I grew up devouring the Babysitter Club and Sweet Valley High books (not to mention the Fear Street and Goosebumps series), so naturally, a book all about 80's and 90's teen fiction is right up my alley. Moss does a great job giving background on why these books were s...
  • Sarah
    Nov 05, 2018
    Thought it would be lighter. And funnier. It was a woman trying to be oh so hip and giving commentary on books that weren?t really meant to be more than they were on the surface. Disappointed there wasn?t more on the overall sweet valley series, baby sitters club. It gave a tidbit ...
  • vicky
    Dec 09, 2018
    Oh, this was great! ?Are you a mature, sensible individual who cares about mature, sensible things like your 401(k) and gum health ? but who also cares about those poor dopes who kept moving to Fear Street, even though it had a well-documented murder problem?? Umm, yes. ...
  • Justin Tate
    Feb 17, 2019
    High off reading Paperbacks from Hell, which refueled my love for out-of-print horror, I couldn't wait to check out this follow-up from Quirk Books. Like many young readers in the 80s and 90s, my life was pretty much devoted to tearing through hoards of slim paperback novels. I tended ...
  • Hallie
    Oct 21, 2018
    I'M OBSESSED. I feel like this book was written just for me ...
  • Stacy Fetters
    Sep 02, 2018
    "This is R.L.?s world; we just make out with our dead, hunky ex-boyfriends and have psychotic breaks in it." This was a blast from the past and I couldn?t stop reading it. No matter where I was, I found myself pulling out my phone to read this. I laughed, I cringed, I remembered...
  • Cameron Chaney
    Nov 05, 2018
    I will have a video review for this book up soon, but you can read on for an early look at my (very mixed) thoughts? Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss? where to begin? I?ll start by saying that as someone who grew up in the ?90s, children?s fiction played an important role...
  • Erin Charpentier
    Dec 12, 2018
    As an ardent reader of YA fiction in the 80s and 90s, I was really excited for this one. I loved Sweet Valley High, Babysitters Club, and RL Stine books. And yes, I know they didn't hold up well to the test of time and are fluff, but isn't that part of the fun? I just felt like somethi...
  • Tiana Hadnt
    Nov 25, 2018
    So....I finally finished this. It?s barely a ??? read for me. More like ??1/2. Let me explain. This book was marketed as a trip down memory lane for those of us who grew up reading and loving the mass produced YA (though that term didn?t really exist then) from the 80s...
  • HFK
    Nov 14, 2018
    I was kinda wishing that Paperback Crush would be this fun take on the 80's and 90's teen fiction. A work that would devour, laugh and celebrate history that was a product of its era. That literature was not diverse (or at least not diverse the way people want to see diversity - gender...
  • Robyn Reist
    Jan 19, 2019
    When I got this from the library I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was a full-colour, lite-textbook style of book. The cover touts it as "the totally radical history of 80's and 90's teen fiction" but what it should have said is "a totally sarcastic critical review of ...etc". ...
  • Stasia
    Nov 30, 2018
    Well. Here's what I liked: -It had a really, cool cover. -Nostalgia over childhood/tween books. -It had a really nice cover. -The bit where the author says ordering a crate of "Sweet Valley" books was a form of self help for her. -...have I mentioned it had a REALLY nice cover?! ...