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.
Sandra Scoppettone has published nineteen novels, primarily writing crime, mystery, and young adult. She has published three novels under the pseudonym Jack Early, including A Creative Kind of Killer, which received an Edgar Allen Poe Award nomination and a Shamus Award, given by the Private Eye Writers of America.
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It’s their last summer before college, and Jaret and Peggy have fallen deeply in love. They exchange love letters, have pet names, and spend hours alone in their special clearing in the woods. For once, life is perfect. But Jaret and Peggy live in Gardener’s Point, a small town a hundred miles from New York City, and a place where girls only date boys. In Gardener’s Point, being different isn’t easy but nothing could prepare them for the danger that lies ahead.
A novel ahead of its time, Sandra Scoppettone’s 1978 lesbian young adult romance shows how Jaret and Peggy’s relationship affects their friends, family, and town, and how, when Jaret is assaulted by a classmate, love and friendship win out.
Small town prejudices emerge when a love affair between two teenage girls is revealed.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1978. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060252405