JULIE by Jay Brothers

JULIE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A vaguely cheery if snottily arrogant novel about a trio of super-precocious kids who subvert the US of A with their pro-sex, anti-war, anti-racism, anti-religion (organized) stand. The oldest, Dean (fifteen) is Super-Brain, Bryan (twelve) the charming incarnation of logical chaos, and Julie (all of six) is the master-hypnotist who airs her childish paraphrases of the Bible over TV sportscasts, quiz shows, and Sunday Revivalist meetings: ""When I grow up and I'm an adulteress I'm not going to let my body go to hell. If you let your body go to hell you won't be any good. You have to be as good as you can be. The better you are, the better men will like you. God, too. . . . So, be a good adulteress. Don't you want to be? Really?"" The country naturally endorses the ""Make Love Not War"" ethic with a vengeance, and the hapless president finds himself locked in first-grade debates with the deadly-cute Julie, who gives every indication of becoming the next inhabitant of the Oval Office. This is a smart-ass tale of a 1968-style Utopia, as presumably told by the proud father who sounds quite a bit more like an Ivy League dropout in disguise than a middle-aged ex-liberal.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1974
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill