Saturday, March 23, 2013

Review: Jean and Johnny

Jean and Johnny
 

Jean and Johnny

By Beverly Cleary

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Jean is astonished when a handsome Johnny whirls her 'round the dance floor. She's never given much thought to boys before; now Johnny is all that's on her mind. Finally she finds the courage to invite him to a dance. But the excitement of a new dress and a scheme to take Johnny's photograph cannot stop jean's growing uneasiness that she likes Johnny a lot more than he likes her . . .This high-school story, which is both funny and touching, is about a girl who lacks self-confidence, and a boy who has too much.
 
Genres: Chick Lit, Romance, Juvenile/YA
 
Published: 1959
 
Similar: Fifteen by Beverly Cleary
 
My Rating: 3 stars
 
It took me a while to start enjoying this book. I think it had something to do with the fact that it's so...1950's. I've read a couple books that took place in the 1950's, but those were more like the Outsiders then Jean and Johnny.

I'll start with what I liked about it: it was a cute story about first loves. I liked the ending a lot. And for the most part, I liked Jean. She was a bit obsessive, but it's understandable; Johnny's her first crush!

Now, for what I didn't like. First, I couldn't really understand why Johnny was disliked by all of Jean's family. I guess they had different ideas about what makes a jerk in the 1950s, because for most of the book, I had no idea why Jean's family was wary of Johnny. He seemed like a nice person to me. I guess that I could kind of see what they were talking about, but not that much.

Plus, at times the characters annoyed me. I could somewhat identify with Jean, but at other times, I was rolling my eyes at her. The same with Elaine. They could be so annoying at times!

So, I don't know...I had mixed feelings about this book. It really was not as good as the Ramona books, or even the Henry Huggins books. At parts, I liked it, at parts I was kind of bored. It was a solid three stars.


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