WHEN WE FIRST MET by Norms Fox Mazer


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Jenny and Rob: as Jenny's friend Rhoda points out, their initials are the same as Romeo and Juliet's. Their situation is similar too. Jenny Pennoyer and Rob Montana are drawn to each other on first sight, then realize that Rob's mother was the driver who hit and killed Jenny's sister Gail two years earlier. Knowing how her mother nurses her grief and her grudge against Mrs. Montana, and sends her tortured reminders through the mail, Jenny resists Rob's overtures. Eventually however they fall in love. At first Jenny keeps the relationship from her family, and she breaks with Rob later when it seems too much for the Pennoyers. But finally, after Mrs. Montana attempts suicide and Rob is seen with another girl, Jenny decides that she must live her own life, and that Rob is a part of it. Though the relationships and the characters are less contoured than those in Up in Seth's Room, Mazer's ability to take her teenage characters' relationships as seriously as they do themselves gives this something of that same soap-opera appeal.

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1982
Publisher: Four Winds