Barbara Conklin displays another masterful depiction of both the frailty and resilience of the female adolescent spirit in "The Summer Jenny Fell in Love", a surprisingly non-morose offering from the beloved Sweet Dreams author known for her tragic plotlines.
Narrator Jenny Ryan is not untouched by tragedy; her young life has already been marred by the death of a father she never knew and a beloved grandfather, though she has adjusted well to the cadence of life in her sea-side home with her mother and grandmother, as well as developed a passion for creating her own all-natural beauty products. Jenny's life is thrown into disarray when, to earn some extra money, her mother agrees to allow a beleaguered, divorced co-worker and her 17 year old son, Cliff Morrow, to move into their home. Gangly and awkward, and with a knack for horrible timing, Cliff nonetheless gradually begins to appeal to Jenny, as she learns more about his passion for baking and his unfortunate daddy issues. Standing in the way of any possible romance, however, is Jenny's long-held crush on rich, gorgeous playboy Benjamin "Saint" St. Clair, as well as her obsession with an upcoming scholarship competition in which Cliff also plans to enter.
With charming subtlety and just the right mix of mortifying and magical moments, the novel shines with rich characterizations and a romance that feels utterly uncontrived, which is really saying something for a Sweet Dreams book.
- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Bantam Books; Reissue edition (1 June 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553243330
- ISBN-13: 978-0553243338
- Package Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 1.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 90.7 g
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