Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction

Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction

by Gabrielle Moss


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683690788
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 65,550
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gabrielle Moss is the author of GLOP: Nontoxic, Expensive Ideas That Will Make You Look Ridiculous and Feel Pretentious (HarperCollins, 2016). She is a features editor at Bustle and her work has appeared in the New YorkerSlate,, the Hairpin, and many other fine publications. She lives in New York City. She is definitely a Jessica. Follow her on Twitter @Gaby_Moss.

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Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SummerMondays 19 days ago
This book was the sassy research paper I never knew I wanted! In all honesty, I was hoping for a jaunt down memory lane and it delivered but it also taught me about the problems and business of 80s and 90s teen books that I hadn’t thought about. I was reminded of authors I had loved and forgotten (Hello Cherie Bennet!) and looked at formerly beloved authors in a new light, yes I see you Lurlene McDaniels. While calling this an extended research paper may make you step away, reconsider. Moss’ writing interjects enough current vernacular and topics along with her ability to laugh at herself and the rest of us who read through these decades make this an immensely enjoyable read. Thank you NetGalley for an early copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
PreppyBookQueen 3 months ago
If you were the type of reader in the 80's or 90's that devoured book titles as fast as your local bookstore or library could carry them, and if to do this day you can still remember by name almost every single child the babysitters club ever looked after, then Gabrielle Moss' Paperback Crush is the book you've been waiting for. I really enjoyed this blast from the past that highlights so many beloved books from my teen years, a lot of which I'd honestly forgotten all about. And while this book may start out as tribute to the many, many titles that were published for teen and tween girls in the late eighties and early nineties, it goes a step further in addressing many of the social issues that were solely lacking from so much of the literature aimed at teens during this time period. Gabrielle Moss had me laughing out loud right from the introduction, and also had me wanting to scour ebay till all hours of the night to find many of the beloved books that she highlights throughout, like the lovely Sleepover Friends. While I may not have always had the same opinions as she does on the many books she talks about, and I did end up wishing that more of my favorite series had been included, I really did love this trip down memory lane. I came out of it with a deeper appreciation of these beloved books, and the many strides that has been made in the young adult market in the days sense. I also loved the random tidbits of information thrown in for good measure, like the interview with the gentlemen that designed the covers for the original Baby Sitters Club books, and I still can't believe that the BSC was only originally contracted as a four book series. Gabrielle Moss has provided a fun, snarky way of remembering fondly the many series of ya's past, and recognizes how so many of these books provided an escape for teen girls who weren't quite yet prepared for the many challenges that adulthood would bring with it. While my favorite chapter was definitely the one on friendship, I honestly enjoyed it from start to finish, and I can't recommend it enough. I will definitely be picking up a physical copy of it once it releases, as I can't wait to see the full color pages of the many amazing covers featured throughout. Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thanks so much to Quirk Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to advance read this! I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review.
Tiffany Lyann 3 months ago
Are you Kristy or Claudia?! That was the question growing up in the 90s if you read ANY of the Baby Sitter's Club books. In the mid 80s and early 90s, Young Adult novels - like BSC and Sweet Valley High- took the book world by storm. Every kid my age was devouring them in some aspect. When I first came across this title, I was intrigued. Anything that takes my back to simpler times is a win for me. Add in a detailed analysis of the genre, the topics and why they were so beloved? YES PLEASE! Paperback Crush was a mix between hilarious quips and insight into the stylized writing, trends and topic (babysitting, boarding school, after school adventures) and even those topics that were more sensitive (underage (teen) pregnancy, AIDS or LGBT stories). I devoured the book in literally 2 hours. Gabrielle Moss is not only incredibly insightful, she has a sharp wit that seeps into everything she writes. Through out the book, Moss tackles many cultural, sexual and religious expectations and backlash. She drops reminders for us that young adult fiction has always been vital to the lives of teens. It's poignant and purposeful with Moss connects the topics from to the topics that teens were current social issues . This book was akin to have a good gossip session with your bestie, while arguing over which book series was the best. Moss breaks it down on a basic and invested level, never leaving any one out of the conversation. It was refreshing, quite honestly. My biggest critic of the book was that the series were not all in the same genre or age range. Some of the titles were small children's series and some of them were romance. I would have preferred her focusing on only the YA genre, and maybe picking just one sub genre to talk out, instead of being so wide spread. I felt like at times, the stamina was lost because it jumped around from so many different genres and sub-genres. Lastly, while the book was easy to read and fairly fast paced, the ending was very lack luster. I expected it to more thoroughly compare to today's titles, or even talk about how the different stylized writing of today brought on an entirely new slew of rapid YA fans. The book was divided into chapters, and it felt as though there was content missing towards the end. I used this book in my classroom, helping the students to connect social issues and trending topics. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a trip down memory lane, or some one younger who really would love to get to know how the YA boom began. I give this a 3.5 (rounded up to 4) stars!