TOO LATE TOMORROW by Grace Gelvin Kisinger

TOO LATE TOMORROW

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The question of going seady is subjected to the usual round of pros and cons with the latter soaring to righteous victory in this murky dramatization of what can happen when.... Peggy Riddle, senior in a small town high school, is inhibited by her parents' rigid regulations regarding dating and going steady. Already beau Ricky is showing signs of strain. When Donna, Peggy's best friend elopes with Fred, foregoing graduation for housekeeping, Peggy is sure her parents' values are distorted. Having broken off with Ricky, Peggy's situation is grim in comparison to Donna's ldyllic state of happiness. Not until Donna's bliss dissolves into tears of confessed misery as Peggy learns that her life is one round of housework, television and debts (with bowls of potato chips thrown in for compensation), does Mrs. Riddle's advice take on new meaning. ""Going steady (warns mama) imposes an arbitrary propinquity on a boy and girl, and propinquity in turn can lead to infatuation. And it's so easy at 17 or 18 to mistake infatuation for love"". Well three cheers for mama's vocabulary, though her style will never win converts from the Splendor in the Grass school. Naturally Ricky returns, wiser if tamer, and Peggy of course sees the light. Cliche and incredulity vie for first place in the list of flaws here with Grace Gelvin Kisinger's homemade style running a close second. Too Late Tomorrow was too late yesterday as well.

Pub Date: Oct. 29th, 1962
Publisher: Macrae-Smith