One of the best High School stories I've seen for some time, this offers believable characters, credible situations, and a good balance of school and extra curriculum activities. On an emotional level, the awakening boy consciousness on a serious basis is sensitively handled, without attempting to enter the modern approach of ""going steady"". Jan was a senior, a bit fearful of anything new, and only beginning to be aware that she and Laurie were thought babyish by the former third of their , . But during this year both Jan and ""grew up"" -- faced with varying degrees of maturity setbacks and disappointments and learned, often painfully, that surface impressions were not always reliable. It is a good picture of High School activities -- the school paper, competition for scholarships, for convected posts, for parts in the Senior play, of class issues -- and of outside interests. But chiefly it is a realistic picture of personalities in the growing process. the setting- possibly western , but it might be any middle sized town, with a university campus.