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A strong finish to this excellent series although I didn't enjoy it as much as Dinny's Freshman or Junior years. In her Senior Year, Dinny falls in love (much harder than her maybe-love with Curt). The object of her affection is Steve, a Rosemont (college) student whose passion for human rights and current events sometimes causes him to drift in his studies. Steve's true desire is to help the poor in Africa but he is told he must finish college first. Though he is intellectual and passionate abo...
Oftentimes, it's very hard to get through a book when you know the main character is heading down the wrong path, and that's the case here, with Dinny and a new love interest, Steve, who is a "mixed-up" college student. Signs of being mixed-up include a disinclination for studying, wanting to rush off and join the Peace Corps, and being concerned about the war in Vietnam. We're not in the 1950s anymore, Toto. The first Dinny book was published in 1959, and felt quintessentially "malt-shop" to me...
Dinny Gordon has got to be one of the best written role models for young girls that I have had the pleasure of reading. How shocking this must have been in its day....a girl who in her teens is independent, has set goals for herself and does not want to sacrifice all for a man. Dinny falls in love in her senior year and is really tested. For the first time, she capitulates to a boyfriend's ego and questions what she really wants out of life. Anne Emery does not make the boy, Steve, that Dinny fa...
This is probably my favorite of the Dinny Gordon books--the first one where I really believed she was "real". Her boyfriend's a jerk, but a "real" jerk.
GAH. I read the flap about her falling in love with Steve (although the flap called him George) and was NOT HAPPY. The whole time, I wanted her to dump stupid Steve for darling Brad and augh. As I said earlier, I love Dinny's love of history and her ambitions and it was hard to see her losing interest because of Steve. (Not that I got emotionally invested in this series this afternoon or anything, right?) I was so jealous of her archaeology programs and the summer internship and my God, that tou...
Dinny meets and starts dating Steve, a charming freshman at Rosemont College. Feeling special and needed is part of the appeal of this romance for Dinny. But the relationship with Steve becomes time-comsuming and at times, overwhelming. And Dinny may be needed but Steve seems needy.I liked the way Anne Emery wrapped up Dinny's story. A fifth novel, covering Dinny's European tour, would have been wonderful!! The fourth and final book of the Dinny Gordan series.
This book concludes Anne Emery's four-part series about a high school girl. It is a very satisfying ending to Dinny's high school career and leaves the reader wishing for more insight into her life after high school. Anne Emery did an excellent job of acknowledging the very real challenges facing teenagers (sexual attraction, cliques, substance use, inferiority, feeling left out, and so on) without being inappropriate.
How I hated for this series to end! This is one of the few vintage YA series where the protagonist was a high achiever and not apologetic, popular but not inane, an age-appropriate girlfriend and not a pushover. I wish Anne Emery had followed her into college!
My least favorite of this series because I kept wanting to shake some sense into Dinny. Rather than running screaming from shitty user Steve, my formerly fearless Dinny thinks she's in luuurve with the dickhead. I hated Steve with a passion -- the scene where he ordered Dinny's lunch in the restaurant and then buckles her boots for her made me stabby. She's not a toddler, asshole. I missed Dinny in this one. There were flashes of her former independence but they were mostly subsumed in annoying
Re-read of a childhood favorite. I think Dinny was supposed to be a progressively modern young woman when this was written, but in this book (and as signaled by her portrait on the cover), the author had her behaving in decidedly conventional, old-fashioned ways. I'd probably give this 2-stars if I were reading it for the first time today.
My all-time favorite young adult chick-lit series. It was already old when I read it as a high student in the 1970s, but it still seemed relevant to me. Dinny had the perfect balance between social grace and brainy nerdiness. I wanted to be her.
My favorite of the Dinny books and the one with the most meat for my project. Will she or won't she go on her trip to Europe? Will she dump her intellectual vampire of a boyfriend?