HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: 13 And Loving It
Author: Carol J. Perry
Cover Illustrator: John Strange
Publisher: Willowisp Press, 1989
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 12-15
Rating: **** 4 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Perry, Carol J. 13 And Loving It (Published in 1989 by Worthington Press, 7099 Huntley Rd., Worthington, OH 43085). Katherine (Kat) Bradshaw lives with her parents, fourteen year old brother Gary, and their cocker spaniel Buffy in Boston, MA, but she and Gary always spend the summers at their grandparents’ old vacation cottage on Lake Willacoochee in Maine, and this coming fourth of July will be her thirteenth birthday. Their best friends in Maine are Mac McCandless, fifteen, David Chadwick, fourteen, and Marilyn Prince, thirteen. This “Fabulous Five” have been spending summers together since they were babies, but this year everything is somehow different. Isn’t brown-haired, blue-eyed David just a friend? If so, why is Kat so nervous at the thought of seeing him again? And how will the arrival of Patti, her best friend from Boston, affect the situation?
There is nothing necessarily wrong with this book. There are a few common euphemisms (e.g. “darn”) and several references to dancing. It just seems to me to be very worldly with great emphasis on having the best clothes, the most stylish hair, the latest fashion swimsuit , etc. Apparently, for one reviewer the most memorable thing about it was “being a little obsessed with her bedroom re-do.” And a little boy-girl stuff occurs which some parents may feel that age thirteen is a little too young for. Though not necessarily illustrious of any specific values, it is never the less relatively harmless, and Kat even learns a few lessons along the way. Carol J. Perry is also the author of the “Witch City Mystery” series from Kensington Publishers.