I was a big fan of Norma Klein when I was a teenager. I felt like her stories were quite unlike any author I read, with the possible exception of Judy Blume. Her matter-of-fact, explicit (to me, at least in my memory) sex scenes and discussions made her books tantalizingly mature. On top of that, they had a lot of drama–things like your boyfriend’s dad getting together with your mom. Something else I found really intriguing about her novels was how many of them were from a boy’s point of view. Combine that with the aforementioned sex and you can see why these books were so appealing to a teenage girl! Not only did I get a good story that was usually mostly about a romance and sexual relationship, but it also gave me a peek into a boy’s view of those things.
I had a hard time choosing which of Klein’s wonderful books to reread, but I’ve chosen That’s My Baby, copyright 1988. I honestly don’t remember too many details about this one-it seems like all of Klein’s books have run together in my memory! I do know this one is about a teenage boy who begins a relationship with a slightly older woman-the big catch here is that she’s married. In my memory there was nothing sleazy or inappropriate about their age difference, though the adultery was shocking to me. Let’s see how it holds up in 2013!