Welcome to a new regular feature! When I was a teenager and child I loved to reread books. Part of it was that I read a lot and it seemed like new books didn’t come in to the library quickly enough for me, and part of it was that I loved the comfort of a familiar, well-loved story. Now I find myself overwhelmed by the number of new books on my to-read list and rarely re-read anything. But I’m about to! In these blog posts I will reread a book that I loved as a teen. I’ll see if it lives up to the golden memory I’ve created about it, and also see whether or not it is something a teen today would actually enjoy (for a frame of reference, I was a teenager in the latter half of the 1980s). I’ll also be recommending some more contemporary titles that are similar to the book I read.
For this first trip down memory lane, I’ll be reading P.S. I Love You by Barbara Conklin. Published in 1981, it was part of the Sweet Dreams Romance paperback line. I was a huge fan of these paperbacks (my other favorite was How Do You Say Goodbye?, which I loved because the protagonist loved to bake) and read every one I could get my hands on. I considered P.S. I Love You to be a weepy tearjerker of the highest romantic quality, and I thought the girl on the cover looked positively dreamy in her lavender blouse. (For the record, when I mentioned this book to some friends one of them also said she thought the same thing about the cover.)