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

  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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!
  • Verity W
    ****Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review****I enjoyed this book - but as a reader from Britain there were a lot of series here that I hadn't come across and obviously a lot of series that were integral to my childhood in the same era that weren't included. But it was nice to be able to revisit and learn more about the US series that I had loved so much - and I liked the author's loving but irreverant tone.Fun.
  • Brenda
    This book was a lot of fun to read. It seemed very well researched and brought back some memories for me. A lot of the books that were discussed were before my time (70s and 80s), but it was fun to read about the various themes in YA books. I think I need to go back and revisit some authors/book series!
  • Lauren
    This was a great blast from the past, touching on BSC, SVH, and goosebumps, among many, many other titles. However, it reads a little bit like a textbook, so it got a little harder to read toward the end.
  • Melinda
    So fun! Worth it for all the reproduced cover art alone! I'm sure I'm not the only person finishing this book and then running to drop $$ on a bunch of Lurlene McDaniels on eBay...
  • Kelly
    Loved this! If you're a child of the 80s and a teen librarian like I am, this book was meant for you.
  • Hanna Fogel
    I was a huge fan of BSC, Thoroughbred, and The Gymnasts, so that hit of nostalgia was great. I may be a tad too young to fully appreciate the sections on “problem novels,” etc., but still really enjoyed the book overall.