The Light and Dark Side of Seventeen

The Light and Dark Side of Seventeen

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by Judith Kristen
     
 
The Light and Dark Side of Seventeen is the story of two teenage girls -- circa1959. Both suffered tragedies early in their lives, and for that, they each pay a price. One of the girls, Pattie, was level-headed, focused, and grounded by a strong support system. The other girl, a lost soul named Dolly was not so fortunate. She only had her self-created world to rely

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The Light and Dark Side of Seventeen is the story of two teenage girls -- circa1959. Both suffered tragedies early in their lives, and for that, they each pay a price. One of the girls, Pattie, was level-headed, focused, and grounded by a strong support system. The other girl, a lost soul named Dolly was not so fortunate. She only had her self-created world to rely upon. Along many a rough road, both girls learn the importance of good friendships,accountability, and the daytime nightmares that occur when we allow the lines of truth and reality to blur. (Rated for adult audiences and mature young adults)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781425990008
Publisher:
AuthorHouse
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.95(d)

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The Light and Dark Side of Seventeen 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book right now. I happened to get the book at the house I rented in Sea Isle City this summer. When I found out the book was about two teenage girls spending the summer in Townsend Inlet I was so excited... Why? Because I spent all my summers in Townsend Inlet since I was a baby in 1958. Matter of fact, I knew most of the people mentioned in the book & I worked at Sweetman's (which was Shellum's) for about 5 summers. I went to the Civic Center on Friday nights for the dances (hi-light of the summers). My Mom was a waitress at Busch's & I knew Mrs. Phillips & the waitress Ellie mentioned in the book. Henny's Pier was owned by Uncle Henny, later known as John's Pier and is now Sunset Pier. Oh, did I mention that I spent my summers on 85th Street and Pleasure Ave or after work went to the Charcoal House for a cheesesteak? This book is a great story, along with some of memories I had spending my summers in Townsend Inlet. Thank you so much for this wonderful book!!! Diane Parr Zahora
PRBooker68 More than 1 year ago
The Summer of 1959. Two teenage girls in the best and worst of times. Tragedy, Hope, Compassion, Fun, Angst, Romance, Revenge, and love gone very, v-e-r-y wrong--- it's all in here and then some! A well-written story from the good old days of the late 1950s. A page turner to say the least. Suitable for teens and their moms as well as their grandmoms.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Light and Dark Side of Seventeen is as fine a 'coming of age' story as I have ever read and they're my favorite kinds of books. The story is set in 1959 down at the Jersey shore BUT it could be set in ANYTOWN, USA at anytime in our American history. Take away the music, which is always a dead give-away of an era, and you have a story of what it is to be a teenager at any point in time. I'm not sure how old Ms. Kristen is, but for certain she never lost her touch with what it's like to be a teen: the heartache, the need to fit in, to be wanted, to be loved, to be safe, to be 'cool' and to one of the gang. It's an honest account of the troubles and joys and the cures for what ails the teenage soul. The dialogue is so real you can almost see the characters come to life for you on each and every page. Dolly's final run-in with her father was amazing! And what happened to Jack Dawkins, well, he got what he deserved. I read this book in Ocean City, at the Jersey shore this summer and BEGGED my parents to take me into Townsends Inlet and Sea Isle City so that I could see it for myself. When I asked some long-time locals what was still left of the old days, I was pointed in a few directions and really felt nostalgic for a place I had only been to in a book. I will always hold this book in my heart as one of the best books I have ever read in all of my seventeen years on this planet. It's more than just words on paper. It's an experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A coming of age book that readers of any age will enjoy! I loved the story for some of the simple things in life it shares, the common sense, and the 'lessons in life' that serve us throughout time. I highly recommend this book to young adult readers, and to the adult readers in their lives, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells an excellent story of tragedy that happens in two young girls life. It also shows how love, friendship and time can help you to move on. This books takes you back to how life was at the Jersey shore in 1959. An excellent read while on vacation this summer. I just hope you are not on a diet when you read this book. (you will find out why has you read it) I will keep some things as a surprise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is entertaining book from Judith Kristen. She brings back alot of memories of growing up and it is a fun read for teens. It also shows teens today that life and growing up today has some of the same problems and experiences as their parents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Set in the wonder years of 1959, 'Seventeen' follows the lives of two girls with barely similar family lives who are fortunate enough to cross paths. While Pattie lives the good life with her loving Aunt and Uncle and wonderful friends who support her through thick and thin, Christine Dollio attempts to conceal the truth about her daunting home life. But when the two girls meet, 'Dolly' finally finds someone with whom she can share the ups and downs of her life in this compelling novel of teenage development.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Exceptional reading for the teen genre. The writer brings the life and times of high school girls and their friends coming of age in the late 50's at the 'Jersey Shore' coping with the challenges of being a young female as they do today - just in a different time and place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a fun, fast read with a real flavor of summers gone by. I really enjoyed the author's fantastic descriptions of the characters and their surroundings. I could almost taste the cooking. The simple pleasures abound in The Light and Dark Side of Seventeen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fifty something guy from the Frankford/Northwood area of Philadelphia, this book brings back a lot of memories! Places, people emotions and happenings! Its about the situations, problems, and opportunities we all faced as kids. A MUST READ for all ages. One of those growing up themes- the coming of age-like the movie 'Stand by Me' one of my favorites! THANKS JUDY!!!! WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another empowering and entertaining book from Judith Kristen. Set in the backdrop of 1959, we find that young adults back then (all now in their mid-sixties)had the same problems teens are dealing with now, only with a different soundtrack: marital betrayal, alcoholism, child neglect, first love and worst love, and more. I like the way she writes. It's a smooth and easy read. Superb dialogue that draws you right into the framework. I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have grown up reading Judith Kristen's books. When I was just 14 I read The Purple Hat Gang. When I was 15 I read Olivia Twist. Now I am almost 17 and here comes her latest book, The Light and Dark side of Seventeen! To me, this one is the best! The story takes place in 1959 in Philadelphia and the Jersey shore. It's about two girls, who by a terrible series of events not only meet each other but change each other's lives. It's about best friends, white lies, black lies, the right guy, the wrong guy, hope, pain, and personal triumph. I love how her stories seem to fit my soul. The dialogue is so real that you can actually visualize each and every character. I'm was not only entertained, I was moved, inspired, and captured. There's nothing I like better after reading a really good book to just sit back and say, WOW! This was one of those books from start to finish! Thank you Miss Kristen, once again! I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has been down the shore will LOVE this step back in time, the nostalgia and the quality of the story gave me everything I need from a good book.