Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Sweet Dreams #69 Call Me Beautiful and #70 Special Someone

Sweet Dreams #69 Call Me Beautiful, Shannon Blair, 1984

It's just a silly beauty pageant.  That's what Tina Steele tells herself when she's nominated as a candidate for Miss Spring Valley.  Of course she's flattered, but she knows there are more important things to think about.

As the pageant grows nearer, though, Tina finds herself worrying.  Is she pretty enough?  Talented enough?  Her boyfriend, Jeff, can't understand what all the fuss is about.  Every time Tina brings up the pageant, he starts talking about his debating team.

This makes Tina furious.  She's determined to prove to Jeff that the pageant is just as important as his big debate.  When she's crowned queen and every eye is on her, he'll have to admit that Miss Spring Valley is a pretty big deal.  Suddenly, winning the contest seems to be the most important thing in the world.

At first, I declined to read this book at all.  I'm not interested in beauty pageants.  A few days later, I tried skimming through the book.  I still wasn't interested, but at least I now know the ending.  I wouldn't have enjoyed the book if I had properly read it.

Sweet Dreams #70, Special Someone, Terri Fields, 1984

Katie's plans for a super summer are destroyed when her parents whisk her off to Arizona.  Katie doesn't know a single soul, and she's afraid it will be the most boring vacation of her life—until she meets Dave.

For Katie, Dave's a dream come true—handsome, charming, and an "older man," a college student taking summer courses at Arizona State.  Best of all, he seems to like Katie, too, and the difference in their ages doesn't bother him a bit.

But Katie's hopes for romance are shattered when she learns that Dave's plans are very different from her own.  Suddenly Katie's not so sure that Dave's her special someone.

I could see from the beginning that Dave isn't right for Katie.  Even though I didn't agree with how Katie feels about Dave, I stuck with the book because it is engaging.  As with many of these books, the second half of the story is better than the first.  This is a very good book.

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