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About the author:
Monica Lee is the author of The Percussionist’s Wife: A Memoir of Sex, Crime & Betrayal and How to Look Hot & Feel Amazing in your 40s: The 21-Day Age-defying Diet, Exercise & Everything Makeover Plan. She is a personal historian, blogger and writer whose work has appeared in Ohio and Minnesota newspapers and three anthologies. She travels the country in an RV with her second husband and a miniature schnauzer that might be described as “hyper.”
Truth, Dare, Double Dare, Promise or Repeat
On Finding the Meaning of "Like" in 1982
In a world before social networks made it a routine act performed with a click, "like" is a state of mystery and meaning among teenagers navigating the halls of Wadena Senior High School. Fifteen-year-old Monica is sure she would be happy if only she had a boyfriend, but first she endures a litany of boys who think flirting is accomplished with insults and other shenanigans. After her first kiss, performed on a dare and described in the pages of Dear Diary as "the pits! Gross! Dirty!" Monica learns the truth about French kissing from a charming outsider. Navigating relationships and learning the meaning of like-or love-is far trickier.
Set in a "hick town" on the windswept plains of Minnesota where a teenager's social calendar is marked by basketball games, cafeteria dances and playing Pac-Man at the bowling alley arcade, Truth, Dare, Double Dare, Promise or Repeat examines the fateful year Monica devotes to reeling in a keeper of a boyfriend like so much walleye. With self-deprecating humor, authenticity and awkward details captured on the pages of the diaries Monica faithfully kept at the time, it's a story that reminds us what it feels like to be a teenager again, grappling with timeless questions of desire, loyalty and finding answers.
This book is for every teenager trying to navigate the maze of finding true love, or at least true "like," and for every woman who grew up in the '80s who might have forgotten all she learned during those seemingly simpler times.
- Publication Date:
- 0986194328 / 9780986194320
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Biographical