SAY HELLO, CANDY by Blance Bradbury


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Before Candy Andrews could really say ""hello"" to her new home in Maine, there were many difficult adjustments to make. The transition from being a ""summer person"" to a regular town member is the most arduous. Mr. Andrews' Illness forces Candy to re-evaluate everything -- her carefree attitude toward money, her dream of attending an Ivy League college, her relationship with fun-loving Tom Hoyt. As her mother's co-partner in a newly opened antique shop, Candy is kept busy all summer long. There are times when she longs to be sunbathing with her old summer friends, yet the experience of making her own way has its rewards too. When Tom visits, she realizes how shallow their relationship had always been and how dimly it compares with her new friendship with Joe, one of the ""townfolk"". The final adjustment is painful but successful. Many loose ends are tied up a bit too neatly at the end, and the general plot echoes other books of this kind. But it is an adequate story of how one teenager takes that first step toward adulthood.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1961
Publisher: Coward-McCann