February 28, 2011

Forget-Me-Nots: Tall, Thin, and Blonde

Forget-Me-Nots is a feature on my blog for highlighting books I enjoyed in childhood and the teenage years that I don't see getting much attention nowadays.

Tall, Thin, and Blonde by Dyan Sheldon

Our copy actually had this cover (sorry for the terrible image quality, I couldn't find a good one):

Amazon's description:

"Best friends Jenny and Amy have no time for Miss Perfect Teenagers, the tall, thin blondes whose only talk is of boys and fashion. Suddenly Amy's changed: she's into salads and diet Cokes; she's got a new hairstyle, wardrobe and set of friends. Jenny, meanwhile, finds herself part of a group of oddballs nicknamed the Martians. Will she follow Amy or find her own way?"

Okay, so it's not a ground-breaking premise, but the main character Jenny is very relatable — insecure about her body, unsure about what kind of 'image' she wants to be projecting in high school, and upset that her friend Amy seems to have "dropped" her. The characters are fun (especially the quirky "Martians"), the storyline familiar (sometimes cringe-worthily, as there are some embarrassing but hilarious scenes) and the overall message positive. I think it's definitely one for the younger YA set, but I do remember re-reading this book several times when I was younger — Jenny has such a fabulous sense of humour that you'll be rooting for her in no time!

Anyone remember this one?


  1. Lovely pick! I think this is quite a common experience for teenagers, I know how hard it is to lose a best friend too.

  2. Never heard of this before but if I knew about it when I was younger I would probably have read it.

  3. I've never heard of this series either. I have noticed that The Babysitters Club books have a new cover now.

    I used to love the R.L. Stine Fear Street series... and the Christopher Pike books.

  4. I loved this book and I have it put away safely for my girls to read one day. I have the old cover-with the dead flamingo on the front ;)


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