HaBOs: They’re Good for your Health!
Today’s request comes from Debra, who is looking for a YA novel:
I’ve been a lurker on your
blog for a while, and I hope some of your followers can help me find
that title of a contemporary YA book I read back in the mid-80s. I’m
not sure if it would be considered a romance, but this is what I do
remember: the female lead was very, very tall (over 6 feet with
clogs), blond and she laughed all the time.
The boy she meets asks her
to join him at a beach party, where he uses her to try and make his
ex-girlfriend jealous. The female lead calls him out on his behavior,
but can’t keep a straight face and bursts out laughing even as she
tells him off. He’s properly contrite and I believe they start dating
after that. I can’t remember exactly how it ends, but I do remember
that she confesses that the reason she doesn’t drive (or maybe she
just doesn’t drive over bridges – I’m not sure), is because her
parents were killed in a car accident earlier that year. She’s afraid
that if she stops laughing all she’ll do is cry. At which point she
bursts into tears and blubbers all over him. I vaguely remember him
consoling her while trying protect his feet from her clogs.
This was a cute, fun read and I wouldn’t mind revisiting it if I can
find it again. I think it was published around the time Sweet Valley
High was popular.
Oooh, do you think it might be a “Sweet Dreams” novel? I had quite a few of those, though the SVH was my gateway drug to romance. Anyone remember this novel?