Monday, March 23, 2020

Sweet Dreams #47 Te Amo Means I Love You and #48 Dial L for Love

Sweet Dreams #47 Te Amo Means I Love You, Deborah Kent, 1983

When Lena lived in Chicago's inner city, she felt comfortable in her Mexican neighborhood.  She had friends who cared for her, fond memories, and a deep sense of belonging.

But now her family has moved to an affluent suburb, and Lena's suddenly aware how different she is from the teenagers in Wyndham Glen.  She's worried that she won't ever fit in—until she meets Eric Lansing.

Eric is tall, blond, and comes from Wyndham Glen's old stock.  But the difference in their background doesn't seem to matter to him.  In fact, he's intrigued by Lena's past.

Will a romance with Eric make things any easier for Lena?

This book is just overall good, but at the same time, I found it rather interesting.

I sensed an insincerity in Eric from the beginning of the story, but it wasn't that obvious.  As I continued reading, I was certain that something was off.  I wondered if Eric was telling the truth about his plans and if he was telling the truth about his parents' finances and their fighting. 

Lena does gradually sense that something is amiss, but it takes her longer than it does the reader.  At least Lena isn't an idiot like some of these girls.  She does gradually see the clues and reason out what is going on with Eric.

As I read the book, I was fascinated by Eric.  I knew he wasn't being upfront, but I couldn't pinpoint the problem.  One aspect of the plot that I thought was a lie turned out to be true.  Regarding the other part, Eric had a hidden but not really malicious motivation.  As a reader, trying to figure Eric out was like an interesting mystery.  I don't think that a mystery was the intent of the author, but it was like one to me.

This is a very good book.

Sweet Dreams #48 Dial L for Love, Marian Woodruff, 1983

Mattie Winston's got what most girls at Port Kearney High only dream about: Hank Butterfield, the best-looking, greatest ice hockey player at school.  Mattie ought to be happy, but there' something about Hank that makes her nervous—he's so reserved at school.  But at night he turns into a real Romeo—on the telephone!

Mattie must discover the real Hank before she continues dating him—and getting those romantic phone calls.

Nancy Drew is mentioned on page 2.  "Golden Girl" is mentioned on page 4.  I am certain that "Golden Girl" is not a reference to Judy Bolton, but it would have fit with the previous Nancy Drew reference.

I gave this book around 25 pages, and then I quit.

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