I received this email from Coco, who is hoping to find a book that was memorable in a not-entirely-good-way so she can read it again. Trouble is, I didn't believe her the first time I read her email as to how 0_o this book might be:
Kind of a HABO but I know the title. You know how some romance books in the
past often were rapey? I remember reading Liz Berry's Easy Connections when
I was still in junior high in the mid-80s and being enraged at the wtfery.
This was a ya novel that had a young girl get raped by a rock star, discover
she was pregnant, then have the rock star engage in some serious
stalkeresque behaviors. Of course it's a love story! So I know the title,
but I can't track down a copy at any library in my state. Anyone have a copy
I could buy for less than the ridiculous prices listed on Amazon? Or could
someone re-read and post a review?
I really want to track this down as this book has been stuck in my head for over 25 years. It made me so upset back then and when I even think of this book I still get mad. Probably not the emotions the author intended.Thanks!
NO WAY. There is no way that's right, is it?
Oh, yes way.
I read that email and was like, 'No way was that the plot.' How could I doubt Coco? I was convinced that I was reading that wrong. So I went to look it up.
HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS. This book is many piles of dollars in used condition! And the people who read it are extremely effusive in how much they loved it. Like with Coco, this book left an impression.
And yet NONE of the book descriptions reveal or hint at the rape or pregnancy reported by Coco:
A famous English rock star falls in love with a brilliant, seventeen-year-old artist who has wandered onto his property to paint, but after their first encounter, she wants nothing more to do with him.
One afternoon, Cathy trespasses on the country estate of Paul Devlin, singer of the rock group Easy Connection. Dev is determined to have her for his own. Cathy, who's just starting art college, knows that her art is the most important thing in her life, and struggles to maintain her independence.
“After their first encounter?” “Maintain her independence?” Wow.
As for tracking this book down, I looked it up on the WorldCat of libraries and if you search by location (enter zip mid-page) there might be a library that can do an inter-library loan to your nearest library. ILL is a great program, and if a library has a copy of this possible epic WTFery with crazysauce, it's worth the trouble. I Think.
There is also a sequel, Easy Freedom, which continues the story ten years later, but, judging from the reviews, also ends ambiguously. The resale copies of that book start at $81.00 on Alibris. The author also hosts several fanfic versions of book 3 on her website.
The fan response sounds very familiar, as do the elements of the plot: wealthy, overwhelmingly attractive, elusive and authoritative hero; a young, inexperienced heroine. Secrets, chaos, and sex? Sounds very familiar. And it seems this book developed a portion of the same absorbed and enthusiastic fanbase as did 50 Shades, Twilight, and the rest.
Did you read this book? Got a copy? You're sitting on a pretty serious cache of resale value apparently. I'm almost too scared to read it, for fear of what the damage to my walls will be like. Yet, I am hideously curious. Do you remember this book?