The Friday 56: Happy Endings Are All Alike

Posted April 4, 2014 by Brin in Memes, The Friday 56 / 8 Comments

Friday 56This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are as follows:

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
Post it.
Add your URL post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.

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happy endings

Happy Endings Are All Alike by Sandra Scoppettone

Sandra Scoppettone’s 1978 lesbian young adult romance was a novel ahead of its time. The story follows the relationship between high school seniors Jaret and Peggy. At a time when girls were only allowed to date boys, Jaret and Peggy know they had to keep their love a secret. Of course, nothing goes according to plan, and before long they have to contend with the confusion and outright hatred of those closest to them. But nothing compares to the danger ahead, and the tragedy that will not just test their faith in their relationship, but their belief in themselves.

Synopsis from Goodreads

56%:

“Watched a dumb movie. There was this chick in it, Donna something, and she really pissed me off the way she went boogying around that flick. Just like Jaret. She needs somebody to knock her on her ass. Who do these chicks think they are, anyway? I’d show her what’s what if I had the chance.”

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I first read this book in the mid-90s and the subject matter stayed with me for a long time. When I saw the book was being released again by Lizzie Skurnick Books, I just had to purchase it. Lizzie Skurnick Books (if you haven’t read her posts on Jezebel about YA books from the past or read her book Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading, I would suggest checking them out – they really are worth a read), according to the website is: “devoted to bringing back the very best in young adult literature, from the classics of the ’30s and ’40s to the thrillers and novels of the ’70s and ’80s.”

Happy Endings Are All Alike by Sandra Scoppettone was one of my favourite YA books that I read in the 1990s. The above quote is stated by the antagonist in the book. Even now, I think this book is very relevant despite being set in the late 70s. I am re-reading this book and will be posting a review as part of LGBT Month April.

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8 responses to “The Friday 56: Happy Endings Are All Alike

  1. Is the book standing the test of time or does it read like it was written in the 70s? Too often older books really date themselves with cultural references. I’m glad you are enjoying this “old friend.” Happy reading!

    • It is dated but it still reads very well (at least so far!). I know what you mean though – too many cultural references even in up-to-date stuff very quickly makes the book seem dated.

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