Margaret Daly was seventeen herself when she started writing ‘Seventeenth Summer’. Written by a young adult specifically for the newly-recognised ‘teenager’ audience, this is widely recognised as the first real YA book.
Here’s the blurb:
A summer to remember…
Angie always thought high school romances were just silly infatuations that come and go. She certainly never thought she would fall in love over one short summer. But when she meets Jack, their connection is beyond any childish crush. Suddenly, Angie and Jack are filling their summer with stolen moments and romantic nights. But as fall grows closer, they must figure out if their love is forever, or just a summer they’ll never forget.
While the romance is pretty chaste and pure, the book was tutted at for portraying teenage desire, smoking and underage drinking and smoking! Tut-tut, indeed. You won’t find any of that in my books (she says with her fingers crossed under the table).
And here’s the new cover:
There’s just something about that old cover though… Which one do you prefer?