In each of these sixteen short stories, an adolescent-- or barely post adolescent-- female reaches ""a time of understanding"", through an awakening experience. There are sketches by Hila Coleman, Rita C. Foster, Robert Paterson, Robert Sacks, and Patsey Gray, to name some of the skillful writers represented. The editor has done an admirable job, arranging the stories in a manner which emphasizes the variety of subjects handled, and at the same time,-- but not too strictly--, following the process of growing up by beginning with a young, immature girl's problems, and ending with a story of a young lady about to be married. There is a girl who ""fell in love"" with a crippled boy and was shocked and disheartened to learn that she wasn't the only one who loved him. And, there is the mother, embittered by her own life, who protects her daughter to an abnormal degree; the new girl in town who must prove herself; the lonely one who searches for her mother; and several others. These illuminating, well written stories are a welcome addition to a field-- teenage romance stories-- which is not overflowing with quality.