With away on a trip to Mexico and Sue leaving in August, Dinny felt that perhaps her sister Boxie was right: the little Illinois college town WAS completely dead in the summer. course Curt Beauregard would be back soon; but Curt belonged to Sue, and besides Dinny had no intention of starting a romance until next year when she would be sixteen. but once school started again and Curt and Sue ""broke up for keeps,"" Dinny thought more and more longingly about dates in general and Curt in particular. From the time Curt first asks her out to her final refusal to go steady with him, Dinny undergoes a turbulent and exciting semester, ending happily in a house party New Year's Eve. As absorbing to teen-agers as their best friend's diary, this will sit solidly with the love and romance department.