Every woman who ever wished she could enroll in Sweet Valley High or join The Babysitters Club needs to read Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction. Easily one of my favorite books of recent memory, I took this book out over the course of three days. I looked forward for quitting time at work so I could go home, hit the gym, and read this gem.
The prose style reads in a way that the author, Gabrielle Moss, is talking to a good friend. The amount – and quality – of zingers she gets in, is not only impressive but also had me doubled over and laughing out loud as I read it. I was on the elliptical machine at the gym and nearly fell off more than once. Her hypothetical title, Nancy Drew and the Mystery of Getting on Birth Control without My Dad Finding Out still has me in stitches.
Should you read this? Yes, and yesterday.