IF YOU LOVE ME, LET ME GO by Norma Johnston


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A sequel to The Swallow's Song (p. 599, J-145) that's even more inane than the original--a Fifties cast spouting Seventies cliches in a Twenties setting. Allison Standish returns from her pivotal summer with the uppercrusty Farradays to smalltown New Jersey, intent on being part of the high school crowd--she's now got modish trimmings on her dresses. Sure enough, Pookie and the others seem to accept her and then Lisa Farraday shows up too: her parents are in the midst of a scandalous divorce and Allison's homey home is just the antidote. Allison seems to have it made but all these other threads keep tripping her up: her Gran, now living with them, is deteriorating rapidly; her Dad's store is failing too; Harvard brother Jerry is indifferent to the family's stresses and flunking out; and an Italian Catholic orderly at Gran's hospital makes a play for Allison's Episcopalian sympathies. All those loose ends get tied up, of course, but it takes some doing--much too much. And meanwhile, a reader must suffer through lines like ""The auditorium rocked with mirth"" or (Lisa to Allison, never mind the circumstances) ""If you do love me, let me grow."" Let it go.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1978
Publisher: Atheneum