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 t 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

  • 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...
  • Amy
    Nov 18, 2018
    Other than the obvious nostalgia grab this book is counting on, there's really no point to it. I was disappointed with the content. It's more critical than fun. ...
  • 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...
  • The Kawaii Slartibartfast
    Oct 31, 2018
    Such good memories!!! I really enjoyed this book! It brought back so many great memories of the wild and wackky books I read growing up. If you grew up buying Archway paperbacks for 3.99 or less, I'd recommend this book! ...
  • 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...
  • Christy
    Sep 27, 2018
    **I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.** loved this! moss won me over in the intro by making me laugh out loud. i also loved that she referred to reading these books in your 30s as a form of self-care. (i agree, it's surprisingly relaxing....
  • 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...
  • Stacey
    Oct 31, 2018
    This book was such a time capsule to my youth. It covered books I read from elementary school through high school. It referenced the books that made me start to love reading - the Little House on the Prairie series and went straight through my 6th grade through high school obsession of...
  • Manda
    Nov 03, 2018
    Wish I could?ve loved this, but the tone really grated on my nerves. At least it was fun seeing all those old covers, and the design was nifty. ...
  • 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 (Curiosity comes before Kay) Partrick
    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
    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 history, including the first YA mystery, YA career books, etc. This was an ARC, so I do...
  • 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 09, 2018
    Actual content: one star Nostalgia trip: FIVE STARS ...
  • 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. ...
  • Sam (she_who_reads_)
    Nov 23, 2018
    This was probably the most fun I?ve had reading in a long time! Paperback Crush gave me all the nostalgia, a lot of laughs, and a burning desire to reread The Babysitters Club! If you grew up reading BSC, Sweet Valley High, or RL Stine books, then you?ll enjoy this look at books of...
  • Hallie
    Oct 21, 2018
    I'M OBSESSED. I feel like this book was written just for me ...
  • Kirby
    Oct 13, 2018
    If you were the type of reader in the 80's or 90's that devoured book titles as fast as your local bookstore or library could carry them, and if to do this day you can still remember by name almost every single child the babysitters club ever looked after, then Gabrielle Moss' Paperbac...
  • 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...
  • Andrea
    Nov 10, 2018
    When I first heard of this book, I was SOOOO hyped, I could not wait to get my hands on it. But this book is so irritating, I almost DNF'ed it. I thought this would be a lighthearted, fun, nostalgic read, but instead the author tackles this type of genre in a very negative way. Her ton...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Michelle
    Nov 06, 2018
    Okay, I admit I read it. In one big gulp. And had fun doing it. A book about literary life between Judy Blume and J.K. Rowlings. That was MY childhood. I loved this book for the nostalgia of it. I was addicted to Babysitter's Club. I spent much time drooling at Walden books. This book...
  • 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...
  • Elisabeth
    Nov 20, 2018
    As an older Millennial who grew up addicted to The Babysitter's Club, The Boxcar Children, Sweet Valley High, Pony Tails, and all of the mass produced YA pulp fiction of the 80s and 90s, I wanted to love this book. I wanted it to be as silly as some of those books were, filled with bub...