Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen FictionSweet Valley High. The Baby-Sitters Club. Cheerleaders and Gymnasts and Junior High. There’s a Bat in Bunk Five, Boys Are Yucko and Is There Life After Boys? If any of these series or titles rings a bell, then you might just be the target audience for Gabrielle Moss’s new book Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction.

Filled with perfectly-coiffed teens and pastels, Moss follows up the same publisher’s Paperbacks from Hell with a slightly more genteel but no less dramatic subject: the trials and travails of teen girls. Navigating the murky waters of crushes, dealing with siblings, parents and peer pressure: it’s all here, fully illustrated with wry commentary throughout. Fantastic sidebars illustrate (no pun intended) the history of these books – for example, how the instantly recognizable Baby-Sitters Club covers were made, back when painted covers were the norm, or the odd nonfiction companion books to series like Sweet Valley High.

If you have nostalgia for the genre or even if you’re just learning about a time when volumizer wasn’t just a fashion accessory but a ubiquitous necessity, place a hold on Paperback Crush today!

– Patrick