Teen-age girls will read with delight this exceptional novel which speaks their language and sympathizes in all the right places. The heroine in this story of first love, Patricia Ingram, is a quiet high-schooler with a shining morning face and no spectacular social qualities, but is suddenly courted by the handsome Dick Keating, king-pin in the glittering circle of a gay, fast clique about which Pat had always dreamed. After several false starts while the planets stand still, there are dates with Dick, sorties with ""the crowd"" and the first kiss - (""the first snowflake; the first daffodil""). As Pat comes nearer and nearer realizing the daydream of belonging to the golden girls, the gilt begins to wear from the wings of the personae of the magic circle, and Pat discovers that her family's values of affection and mutual trust have a security which Dick and his crowd do not offer. But it is not until Dick accuses her unjustly of carrying on with another boy, that Pat realizes that he has been morally and emotionally weakened by his barren home environment, and that they could never trust each other. However, Pat has experienced what the author never hesitates to identify as the real thing in her love for Dick, has achieved an understanding of character and personality, and looks forward to a deeper attachment to someone else when she is a grown woman. A charming sense of humor for the ""awkward moments"" in dating and parties will bring chuckles of recognition.