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TRUE LOVE FOR JENNY by Mebane Holoman Burgwyn Kirkus Star



Pub Date: Sept. 19th, 1956
Publisher: Lippincott

With a misleading title and with the predecessors, Moonflower (1954) and Penny Rose (1952), two teen age novels that depended on the crutches of romance alone, this comes as a healthy surprise, involving as it does problems of young love and popularity and family problems as part of the social network, rather than isolated entities. Jenny, 15 and a high school sophomore, desperately wants Charlie to notice her, but his whims are far from being her major problem. For a long time she has felt oddly estranged from her mother, who seems to supply a negative answer to everything, and Jenny wonders what the trouble can be. Jenny's grandmother, who lives with them, is so congenial that the idea of her as a sorespot in the family seems ridiculous. Then Jenny overhears her parents discussing the situation. It seems that Gran takes Jenny's part too often, depriving her mother of a free hand in her upbringing. From then on Jenny works below the surface to solve some of the problem of old age. She even takes on as her project, in an important school club to which she is elected (and to which Charlie also belongs), the renovation of the old people's home, and thus approaches what is an ultimate solution of the home friction. Various other factors in wholesome balance bring the book to a happy and normal conclusion.