Think we have a win on one?: #finelines #plotfinder #shelfdiscovery #jezebel

Okay, Bridgit B. says:

Ooh, I know the second one! (I think.) I’m pretty sure it’s “A Matter of Pride” by Dorothy Simpson, if it’s the one where the main character(Janey?) orders some shoes from a mail-order catalog and everyone tells her they’re inappropriate.

Will email original asker and see if this is in fact so. Now the first one is weirdly torturing me? The drag racer/Yale theme rings distant bell.

The book was set in Maryland. The heroine was a cheerleader/all around good girl who gets auctioned off, in a charity auction, to the school bad boy (drag racer) who gets her to skip school and help clean his car. They start to go out and her horizons get broadened by seeing that he is smart, etc. A secondary plot line is her trying to get into Mt. Holyoke and getting wait listed. She also has a brother at Yale who is becoming a hippie and questioning the family’s values and lifestyle.

The book ends with a pregnancy scare and the girl deciding to go to a small school in VA. She and the boy break up and she moves on with her life, but not the one that she took for granted she would have.

My guess is that it was published in the early 70?s. The cover of the book showed a Peter Max bedspread and a princess phone. How I can remember these arcane details and not the character’s names is a mystery to me.


The books are about a girl who lives on an island off the coast of Maine. In one book, she goes to school barefoot and is shamed by her teacher, whom she later learns to appreciate and who learns to appreciate her. In another book, she goes to the mainland for high school and decides against accounting in favor of the college course. Perhaps also In that book, she saves her money to buy “the book of knowledge” that she sees advertised in a magazine and desperately wants.

June 29th, 2010 at 9:29 am

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