College student Llayne Robertson, a beautiful young woman from a small town, is asked to run for homecoming queen by a group of campus vets.
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Have you ever wondered what the '70s were really like? Maybe you weren't born yet or were but feel like you missed out on something, like that 'free love' thing. As Llayne Robertson, the main character in Homecoming Queen, says to her roommate, 'If this is the age of free love, how come we aren't getting any?' This novel portrays that tantalizing and turbulent era at a small Midwest college. Students become embroiled in rollicking romances. Some faculty members are saints and some are sinners. The best lessons are learned outside of the classroom. And two opposing forces overshadow everything: the Vietnam War and the peace movement. In spite of differences, war veterans and peace-loving hippies want to get Llayne elected as homecoming queen. She naively believes that being queen will improve her lot in life. Ha! What does enrich her life are ensuing events. Love and adversity make her face reality, and an unexpected twist of fate forces her to finally grow up. That, Llayne discovers, is the best homecoming of all. This book won an Honorable Mention Award in the 1999 National Writers Association Novel Contest for unpublished work. It's published now, so you can judge for yourself. Enjoy!