GOOD-BYE AMIGOS by Bob & Jan Young


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The co-authors of One Small Voice (1961, p.17, J-17) which was a far-above average novel for teenagers, slipped with Sunday Dreamer (1962, p.117, J-45). Unfortunately they continue their descent with this latest effort. Set in the Los Salmos Valley, the story concerns the plan of Cathy Miller, a teen-ager, to improve the living conditions of the migrant workers. Cathy, flanked by her handsome beau Garth (when they aren't fighting) and by Ted, ""the brain"", when they are, is an early blooming social worker who races around, thrusting her charity in one form or another on the workers. A strike among the workers, an unapproved marriage, and some romantic tiffs give the book a surface-gloss of action-- lots of it. Going deeper, the characters are unrealistic and the plot is contrived. Almost everyone is satisfied in the end, and the busy little heroine stops long enough to give Garth a meaningful sigh and a stare.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1963
Publisher: Messner