FAIR GAME by Jacklyn O'Hanlon


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A short, slight, but credible problem novel, in which Denise's mother marries a disagreeable heavy drinker, Denise discovers that her own father went mad and fears she's going the same way, and to deepen her misery, best friend Diane is avoiding her. But the real issue is her stepfather's weakness for young girls. Denise, topless in the bathroom early on, catches him watching her; later, Diane's absence proves due to his more aggressive pass at her; and it's his ogling of Denise's younger sister in the end that causes Morn to kick him out. It's satisfactorily fictionalized as such fiction goes, and the topic is likely to draw attention--if only among librarians.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1977
Publisher: Dial