I read this the first time in fifth grade, we chose a book from the teacher’s shelves. I enjoyed it but felt bad because Jean didn’t get her man in the end, but I did enjoy the cheery ending. I laughed and teared up a few times reading the first time.
I read it recently again because I didn’t know it was part of Beverly Cleary’s first love set of books. So I’m rereading them all. I enjoyed the book just as much this time around even though I remembered most of it.
I liked the sister’s relationship, not having a sister or brother, I enjoy reading about close siblings.
back cover–Fifteen-year-old Jean is astonished when a handsome Johnny whirls her round the dance floor. She’s never given much thought to boys before; now Johnny is all that’s on her mind. Finally she finds the courage to invite him to a dance. But the excitement of a new dress and a scheme to take Johnny’s photograph cannot stop Jean’s growing uneasiness that she likes Johnny a lot more than he likes her . . .
This high-school story, which is both funny and touching, is about a girl who lacks self-confidence, and a boy who has too much.