Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Sweet Dreams #29 Never Love a Cowboy and #30 Little White Lies

Sweet Dreams #29, Never Love a Cowboy, Jesse DuKore, 1982

Bitsy is thrilled when she moves from crowded New York City to colorful Austin, Texas, and even more thrilled when she sees handsome Billy Joe riding his horse to school.  For Bitsy, it's love at first sight.

But even when Bitsy's new school radio program grabs everyone else's attention, Billy Joe's eye remains on gorgeous Betty Lou.  Can a city girl like Bitsy ever win the heart of a Texas cowboy like Billy Joe?

I was biased against this book before I ever started reading it...  Wildfire Romance #37 Sing About Us... need I say more?

The book ended up as unbearable as I thought it would be.

Bitsy seems to be intelligent in all scenes except when she is talking to a boy.  She is not presented as nervous by the author.  It's like Bitsy is too involved in her own interests to know anything about really basic information that anyone her age with half a brain would know.  Perhaps the author thought it would be humorous for Bitsy to be dumb around boys, or perhaps the author figured that silly girls with a crush always act that way.  Whatever the purpose, Bitsy's behavior around boys is horribly dumb.

Bitsy doesn't know what a bandanna is.  She calls a football quarterback a "quarter horse."  She calls the football stadium a "ball field."  She has to ask who the cheerleaders are.  How would a high school student not know about cheerleaders?

I read the first part of the book, began skimming, and then skipped over chunks of pages.  The next sentence is a spoiler, so skip it if you think this book might be worth reading.  Bitsy actually gets the cowboy as her boyfriend, which I don't understand.  Why is the book titled Never Love a Cowboy?  It seems like it worked out for dumb Bitsy.

I do not like this book at all.

Sweet Dreams #30, Little White Lies, Lois I. Fisher, 1983

Everyone says Nina has a good imagination, a gift for telling stories.  In fact, it's one of her stories that attracts Scott to her.  He's one of the Daltonites, the most sophisticated clique in the school.  Nina can't believe she's dating him!

But Nina soon finds that the Daltonites don't welcome outsiders.  So she impresses Scott's friends with her stories.  It's so easy: a little exaggeration here, a white lie there.

I'm doing this for Scott, she thinks.  But her lies finally start to catch up with her, and Nina's afraid of losing Scott forever.

The Bobbsey Twins are mentioned on page 4 and again later in the story.  The authors of these teen books from the 1980s really like to compare characters to the Bobbsey Twins for some reason.

Nina's lies are so stupid.  Her behavior is foolish.  I skimmed a lot of the book and overall do not like it.

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