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499. Sweet Dreams Romance Recap: Cover Girl, with Jeff and Will

Jeff and Will from The Big Gay Fiction Podcast are joining me for the Sweet Dreams Recap of book #9, Cover Girl by Yvonne Green.

This cover, y’all. And inside! We have a rather gross boyfriend, and an even worse mom, plus nature nerds!

This is undoubtedly one of the greatest Sweet Dreams cover of them all.

TW/CW: Chapter 10 is a little upsetting.


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  1. Kareni says:

    There was a small sandwich shop near my university called Belly Busters. I remember that my roommate always ordered the Med Veg (Mediterranean vegetable) and a yummy peach drink.

  2. SB Sarah says:

    That is an outstanding name for a sandwich shop, my gosh.

  3. Kate says:

    Wasn’t ’81 or ’82 the year NYC had the highest crime rate ever or something like that? I also graduated in ’86 and can confirm preppy was huge, at least at my high school–madras shorts, polo shirts, Sperry topsiders, cable sweaters, etc.

  4. Jeff says:

    Oh my yes… polo shirts. So many polo shirts, and so many colors.
    And I hated them. I was very much a band t-shirt and jeans person.

  5. denise says:

    That was definitely preppy for ’82.

    The book cover is an homage to Brooke Shields’s 1980 Calvin Klein ad, but with more shirt coverage.

    If her mom was lucky enough to be making 13k as a secretary, $100 very well could have been half of a paycheck if she was paid weekly.

    There was a sandwich shop called Sammiches near my college campus in the late 80s. It might have been a franchise. The guy who owned it was a recent college graduate–not sure how he could afford it, possibly had some family help. He shopped at the grocery store where I worked.

  6. Midge says:

    I was going to say the same thing about the cover and the Brooke Shields ad! And I bet back then everybody would have recognised it as that.

  7. Jeff says:

    Yes! The cover is very Brooke Shields/Calvin Klein. We actually talked about that during our discussion on the cover, but it’s one of the things that ended up on the cutting room floor from our 2+ hour chat (hopefully Sarah won’t mind that I just shared one of the deleted scenes from this episode…)

  8. SB Sarah says:

    I don’t mind at all! We did indeed.

  9. Katie says:

    Sarah, you’re killing me!

    “She has had no training, no instruction, no knowledge whatsoever, but much like a historical heroine giving a blowjob, she’s a natural.”

    “I’m telling you, one good lavender suit just solves all your problems, right?”

  10. SB Sarah says:

    I’m not wrong, am I? 😀

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