Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction

Bustle features editor Gabrielle Moss (Glop: Non-Toxic, Expensive Ideas That Will Make You Look Ridiculous and Feel Pretentious) gleefully explores a literary juggernaut of the '80s and '90s: the YA paperback series.

Moss takes readers back to the pastel covers, triple-digit volume numbers and gonzo plot devices from the days of gen-X and millennial youth. With ample cover images to jog the memory, Moss reminisces about romance series like Wildfire; the female friendships of various "club" seriesl and the spine-tingling thrillers and chillers that brought readers sexy vampires years before Twilight came along. Heavyweights Sweet Valley and the Baby-Sitters Club figure prominently, but Moss features a wide array of staples and curiosities alike.

Sassy and educational, Moss's survey will have nostalgic hearts aflutter. Paperback Crush will make the perfect keepsake for anyone who learned to read in school but became a reader thanks to Jessica Wakefield or Kristy Thomas. --Jaclyn Fulwood, youth services manager, main branch, Dayton Metro Library

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