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10 December 2007

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TadMack

Aarrrrgh!
Was there EVER a more wildly inappropriate book... I remember reading Grounding with a mixture of complete hysteria and awe, since the older kids were reading it. Someone gave it to me again in college: and instead of being scary, it was BAD. SO bad. Yet there were all the underlined bits everyone went on about. But again: so, SO BAD. And the title, to my mind, should have been Grinding... but anyway. BAD. Also have way too much to read to seek it out and revel in its absurd awfulness again... and I don't think I could get through it again, but just thinking about it has given me the giggles.

Leila

Hee. What with those and the bizarre Flowers in the Attic/Golden Compass Slate essay, I've been in Flashback Central this weekend.

Levi STahl

I went nuts for both Julian F. Thompson and Lois Duncan back in middle school. The Grounding of Group 6 was the first Thompson I read, though, and it's the one that still sticks with me.

The teens in that novel seemed at the time so grown up, so much more adult than I could ever imagine being. They reminded me of the teacher's aide we had in first grade, a high school girl who wore REO Speedwagon t-shirts and seemed so very, very much older than us, and so strangely different as to be almost a different type of being. That was mostly just because I was a five-year-old looking at a 17-year-old, but even now, when I look at photos of high school kids from the '70s, they look different, older, more sadly aware and adult than, say, me and my friends did when we finally got to high school.

And I don't know if I've ever had more trashy fun than the summer that I found Lois Duncan's novels, starting with Killing Mr. Griffin and plowing about a dozen more in the course of a month.

Leila

I was a HUGE Lois Duncan fan in middle school. I still always buy her books at yard sales.

The description of The Grounding of Group Six (which I've never made it through, but now I'm going to have to pick it up again) made me think of After, but way, way trashier.

Is it wrong that I've been toying with the idea of re-reading Flowers in the Attic? Probably. I want to see if it's as bad as I remember it being... or even WORSE!

Jen Robinson

I loved Lois Duncan's books, too. The one that I want to re-read is Down a Dark Hall, which was one of my all-time favorites. I still pick up the books when I see them in used bookstores, too.

Emily Brown

Oh please, let someone re-read Clan of the Cavebear! I will never forget passing that around under the middle school lunch table.

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