Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss

Paperback Crush

A hilarious and nostalgic trip through the history of paperback pre-teen series of the 80s and 90s.Every twenty- or thirty-something woman knows these books. The pink covers, the flimsy paper, the zillion volumes in the series that kept you reading for your entire adolescence. Spurred by the commercial success of Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club, these were not the serious-issue YA novels of the 1970s, nor were they the blockbuster book...

Details Paperback Crush

TitlePaperback Crush
Release DateOct 30th, 2018
PublisherQuirk Books
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Books About Books, History

Reviews Paperback Crush

  • Lexie
    Pretty much everything I wanted. It's s fun pop cultural dive into the history of Teen/Tween fiction from Nancy Drew to the Wakefield Twins. The format is fun, lively and perfect to pick up and put down in between running for class prez and prom Queen and baby-sitter of the year and fending off an ancient curse brought on by your family's inability to be decent human beings for one second.While th majority of the coverage is for the 80s/90s, Moss...
  • Jen
    I really loved this book. I grew up reading YA from the 80s and 90s, so this spoke to me re: memory lane, but it also felt well researched. The author mentions YA books from other eras from American history, including the first YA mystery, YA career books, etc. This was an ARC, so I don't know what the notes and bibliography will look like until it comes out in a finished form, but I so want it in the finished form. The pictures in this are only ...
  • Chris
    Somewhere between the YA ‘problem’ novels of the 1970s and the record breaking premiere of Harry Potter, publishers targeted tweens with a very specific kind of book. They were often short paperbacks with flashy covers and sometimes ridiculous plots. In Paperback Crush, author Gabrielle Moss has written a beautiful celebration and critique of these massively popular tween paperback series.It should be noted that though this book is detailed, ...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "This is R.L.’s world; we just make out with our dead, hunky ex-boyfriends and have psychotic breaks in it."This was a blast from the past and I couldn’t stop reading it. No matter where I was, I found myself pulling out my phone to read this. I laughed, I cringed, I remembered how old I was, and then I laughed some more. I remember reading some of these books when I was a kid. It was definitely a perk from being a 90’s kid. Some of these t...
  • Christy
    **I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**loved this! moss won me over in the intro by making me laugh out loud. i also loved that she referred to reading these books in your 30s as a form of self-care. (i agree, it's surprisingly relaxing.) with how much i absolutely love the teen creeps podcast (which gets a shout out, yay!) it's no surprise that i thoroughly enjoyed this book. i will be buying a physic...
  • Emily
    I absolutely loved this book. It is a sweet and truly hilarious trip down memory lane--one that also continuously recognizes the more problematic elements of '80s and '90s teen novels. No book about that era in YA lit can succeed without understanding the cultural period in which these books existed, and that's what I loved most about PAPERBACK CRUSH. Gabrielle Moss has done a really thoughtful job of interspersing nostalgia and sociological cont...
  • Sarah
    I squealed in excitement when Paperback Crush was first brought to my attention. I pounced upon the advanced copy, flipping through its contents, waves of nostalgic recognition brightening my day. Bummer Summer! Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You! If This is Love, I'll Take Spaghetti! Old friends, these books. Once home, I eagerly delved into reading what I was certain would be a "good read."On the nostalgic front, Paperback Crush certainly delivers...
  • Ryan
    I am crushing on this book and it totally deserves it. It is not only a nostalgia book of my childhood paperback collection, but an indepth look at the various things that made 80s and 90s YA tick. It is broken down into sections like romance, jobs, family, mystery and horror. And for each page i turned there was another books where i was screaming “I read that book”! Plus, while I managed to never read a Sweet Valley High book while I was a ...
  • FloeticFlo
    This book was just completely fun. I knew from the second that I read about it that I would adore it -- and I did. Reading this was basically a trip back into my childhood, and I enjoyed every second of the journey. I got to see familiar and expected old friends like Sweet Valley High (and Twins...and University) and the Babysitters Club. But I also got to see familiar titles that I'd forgotten about until I saw them in this volume and remembered...
  • E
    I really enjoyed this. It's in my sweet spot of thoughtful cultural commentary, laugh-out-loud-snark, and earnest appreciation for what, at times, is basically a completely banana-pants cliche-filled genre.I remember reading and loving so many of these books! Seeing the covers, and remembering the plots described to help draw out the themes and contexts of different trends in YA lit was a fun exercise in nostalgia. Made even more fun by the way t...
  • Erikka
    Holy nostalgia, Batman! Being a tween/teen girl in the 1980s/90s was seriously the best. All the angsty music, poor fashion choices that seemed so rad at the time, and of course, teen girl YA lit! Moss takes you on a hilarious tour through all of the highlights of this amazing genre. Babysitters and twins, streets full of fear and books with girls dying tragically, if it could happen, it did in late 20th century teen schlock. And even if it liter...
  • The Kawaii Slartibartfast
    Such good memories!!!I really enjoyed this book! It brought back so many great memories of the wild and wackky books I read growing up. If you grew up buying Archway paperbacks for 3.99 or less, I'd recommend this book!
  • imabookmagnet
    Was super excited to get an ARC at BookCon, but I do hope to see some changes in the final version. I’m hoping there will be something to wrap up everything at the end, as this just...stopped. Also can’t wait to see the pictures in color. I would recommend to anyone looking to go down memory lane.
  • Lynn
    I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Quirk Books.Today’s post is on Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss. It is 256 pages long and is published by Quirk Books. The cover is a picture of three girls on a bed with a horse poster behind them reading a book. The intended reader is someone who is interested in the history of young adult books and publishing or someone who ...
  • Kirby
    If you were the type of reader in the 80's or 90's that devoured book titles as fast as your local bookstore or library could carry them, and if to do this day you can still remember by name almost every single child the babysitters club ever looked after, then Gabrielle Moss' Paperback Crush is the book you've been waiting for.I really enjoyed this blast from the past that highlights so many beloved books from my teen years, a lot of which I'd h...
  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    Oh I absolutely loved this book and I knew that I would. This explains the history and the cultural context of so many of my favourite middle grade and YA novels from the 90s. It mentions more well-known books like Babysitter's club and Sweet Valley High but also delves into various other lesser known series and standalone novels from the time centred around specific topics. I love how the book is broken into the different topics and isn't writte...
  • Rachel Elizabeth
    3.5/5This book was purely nostalgic. I lived off of the cheap paperback books marketed at preteens and teens, and they fueled my desires to continue to read and write, which was why I was so excited for this book being released. While this book taps into important areas like diverse representation, ableism, pregnancy/abortion representation and mental health, it is so brief. I feel like the chapters could have been more fleshed out with a better ...
  • Siobhan
    Paperback Crush is a fascinating and funny look at American teen fiction from the gap between Judy Blume and Harry Potter. Moss divides up the books by themes, and looks at how areas such as romance, friends, school, and fear sparked off a whole range of books aimed at the young adult and middle grade market. There's plenty of focus on how well the books actually dealt with big (and small issues), but Moss writes with a witty, light-hearted tone ...
  • Karina Q.
    Ahh! Thank you to @quirkbooks for sending me a copy of “Paperback Crush”! This book explores the history of some of the most popular 80s & 90s teen fiction, the birth of young adult fiction and how it shaped the YA genre we know today. I have to say, I did get a little emotional as I made my way through the book because I had forgotten how many books I read as a kid. Nostalgic to the MAX! 😭🖤! I had COMPLETELY forgotten about “Taffy Si...
  • Jamie
    Completely devoured this. I love how many nostalgia points I had, how many books I remembered IN THEIR ENTIRETY, and how much love Christopher Pike gets. ❤💜💛 I wish there was an index or an appendix that broke down a little more info on some of the plots of these books, because while I remembered a ton there were also some that were referenced where I was like, “I read the Trash books! Remind me a little more about what they were about?...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss, 242 pages. Quirk Books, 2018. $23. 9781683690788Content: PG (mentions of issues)BUYING ADVISORY: ADULTS - OPTIONALAUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGEMoss takes a long and hilarious look at the paperback teen fiction of the 80’s and 90’s. Most of the book covers series fiction, like Sweet Valley High, but later chapters delve into problem novels and horror – where the books weren’t necessarily part of a series. As a...
  • Heather Harrington
    ** I received a copy of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewRaise your hand if you spent your tween/teen years binge reading everything from Babysitters Club to Sweet Valley High. If so, then this book is for you. This is a hilarious look back at all the paperback teen series of the 80s and 90s. Broken down into seven affectionate yet snarky chapters, Moss covers everything from friendships to love to the stalker story-line craze o...
  • Jaime
    I loved this, for the most part. While not scholarly, in-depth examination of the genre, this was a fun trip down memory lane with the middle-grade and YA books of my 80s and early-90s childhood. I do think there could have been more clarification with YA, though. Some books I think would clearly be considered more MG than YA, and I’m not sure I’d lump all of them together. I really loved seeing all of the book covers and this book reminded m...
  • Jay Gabler
    Based on the number of friends who’ve added this to their Goodreads list just after seeing it cross my feed, Gabrielle Moss has a blockbuster on her hands. It only makes sense: people have feelings about series like The Baby-Sitters Club and authors like Lurlene McDaniel.Surveying the era between Judy Blume and J.K. Rowling, the author strikes just the right note of affectionate tribute and clear-eyed skepticism regarding the books’ often rot...
  • Sakhile
    Paperback Crush takes a look into the history of American YA from the 80s and 90s. Gabrielle Moss takes us through the different tropes that were prevalent at the time and some that are still going strong. It turns out unavailable parents, bury your gays and racist stereotypes predated time.Gabrielle Moss’ open and easy-going writing make reading Paperback Crush feel like you’re going through a stack of your old books with a friend. I absolut...
  • Griffin
    I was born in the late 80's and read the tail-end of the books featured here: Babysitter's Club, a few Sweet Valley High books, the occasional standalone. Of course, I was a preteen at the time, and not thinking about the themes this book goes into detail on. It's enjoyable to revisit them as an adult and appreciate how well these books introduced and handled serious themes.The book is somewhere in between a coffee-table book and casual reading. ...
  • Megan Houde
    I was given this book as an earc from Netgalley for an honest review! OMG I squealed when I was granted access to this book! I grew up reading YA books of the 90s, and some 80s. I didn’t know what this book was fully about when I got it, but knew it had the topic of Baby Sitters Club and I loved those books. This book talks about how YA came about and the revolution it took. I loved seeing how different publishing companies branded their books ...
  • Jennifer
    Five stars for the absolutely over-the-top, “This is SO MUCH FUN”, snarky nostalgia that kept a smile on my face the whole time I was reading this book. Three stars because I wanted more...something. More analysis, maybe? Discussion about how these books differ from the YA books being published today? (Although you could certainly write a whole book on that alone.) I don’t know exactly, but I wanted more. But honestly, this was a GREAT read...
  • Sarah
    Id like to thank netgalley and Quirk Books for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review. More like 4.5. I had to immediately request this book as soon as I saw it. I have been impatiently waiting for this book to come out and it did not disappoint. When I was reading this, I truly felt like the author wrote it just for me, someone else understands my love of 80s and 90s YA fic. Gabrielle Moss, you are my spirit animal!