Practically Seventeen Tobey Heydon is practically seventeen and thinks she is old enough to make her own decisions Whether it s saving her sister Alicia from last minute wedding disasters to keeping her sister Janet inform

  • Title: Practically Seventeen
  • Author: Rosamond du Jardin
  • ISBN: 9780590023979
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tobey Heydon is practically seventeen and thinks she is old enough to make her own decisions Whether it s saving her sister Alicia from last minute wedding disasters to keeping her sister Janet informed on her son s well being to hiding her diary from her little sister Midge, Tobey handles it all with Brose by her side They survive the arrival of a beautiful blonde atTobey Heydon is practically seventeen and thinks she is old enough to make her own decisions Whether it s saving her sister Alicia from last minute wedding disasters to keeping her sister Janet informed on her son s well being to hiding her diary from her little sister Midge, Tobey handles it all with Brose by her side They survive the arrival of a beautiful blonde at the lake but will they survive Tobey s mysterious date for the Heart Hop

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    1. Utterly charming! I had a delightful, breezy time reading about this very nice year in the life of "practically seventeen"-year-old Tobey and her family. Though the original cover is a nod to the first part of the book (which takes place in winter and includes a fun Christmas scene) featuring Tobey and Brose's romantic talk on the fence, the cover of my book (from the 1960s) features a scene from the second half of the book with our heroine in a bathing suit on the beach at the lake, looking sus [...]

    2. I discovered Rosamond DuJardin in 1972 at the tender age of 12. I was living in London, England; I attended London Central, a K-12 school for military kids. It had, what seemed to be, a huge library. Most of the books also seemed old, but I was a bored avid reader. As I searched the shelves I happened upon a sizeable collection of Cavanna's and Du Jardin's work. What a discovery! I was in love with love I couldn't get enough. Not then. Not now. As an African American girl from a broken home, and [...]

    3. The young adult novel from the 40s or 50s is quite possibly my favorite genre, if only because it describes a wholesome world that never existed and never will, although there was a time when I thought it did. I first read this book when I was 10 or 11 and it was already incredibly dated then, although I didn’t know it at the time. Tobey Hayden is 16-years-old and lives with her parents, her 10-year-old sister Midge (Midge!), her 20-year-old engaged sister Alicia, and her 24-year-old married s [...]

    4. This one is an oldie but goodie from 1949 that I read back in middle school and totally loved. It was a series that I definitely checked out of the school library multiple times.I was so happy to find that Cascade Publishing reprinted these old, out of print books which enabled me to buy the series for myself. I found this book just as enjoyable, and was amused by the vernacular of the times. There were a lot of golly, gees, terrif, etc as exclamations. And I found it rather funny how "old" the [...]

    5. I loved this! I loved Tobey's tone and personality, which came through the writing so clearly. I loved following along in the events that happened in her life and in her family, and I really liked Brose, her beau. Just a wonderful and sunny book that filled my own heart with sunshine on a rainy day!

    6. One of the great books I remember from my lonely pre-teen phase, a generation ago. Even then, it was already a generation behind. But I loved reading about the simple and straightforward life she led and wishing my life was that uncomplicated and innocent. As an adult, I realize that it was a totally sugar-coated version of reality, but it's still so comforting to think that life could be like that. a great book to read on a rainy day when you're feeling overwhelmed by the world. (does anybody h [...]

    7. I LOVE the Tobey and Brose books!!! I hunted them down and got the whole series on ebay. They were probably my favorite books growing up. I made sure my daughters read them as well, and now they tell me they will fight over them when I die! I guess I need to get the Pam and Penny, and Marcie series too, so they can each have their own set. I love to be transported to a simpler, more upstanding time.

    8. I think the Tobey Heydon series is Rosamond du Jardin's best. The books are all a wonderfully fun read of life for a young girl/woman in the 1940's & '50's. Extremely enjoyable.

    9. I guess I'm reading vintage YA novels this year. A friend recommended Practically Seventeen after she saw me post about Now That I'm Sixteen on my bookish instagram account (@booksandcarbs if you're interested). It was a sweet story about a family of daughters, especially Tobey, who's practically seventeen and possibly in love with Brose Gilman. Definitely a contrast to the YA novels of today (which I mostly enjoy). Surely things were not quite as wholesome and golden "back then" as a novel like [...]

    10. There is something magical about reading the books of life in the 50s in the midwest, when dating was clean and wholesome. I have such great memories of all these books. I intend to hunt them all down and acquire them, even though I have absolutely no room for them, and no reason to do it!I wish I could remember who recommended this author to me. Perhaps a city librarian from my past.

    11. I love Tobey Heydon and her formals and her family and (of course) Brose. But don't dance with your eyes closed for longer than is proper! That is something only a More-thanner would do (oops, wrong series).

    12. What a delightful YA novel from the 1950s! So fun. It reminds me a lot of the books I grew up loving. Not that I grew up in the 50s of course but I loved all the Betsy books, Bobbsey Twins, Trixie Belden, Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books.

    13. An absolutely delightful book! Very fun and frothy with moments of laugh-out-loud humor, too. Can't wait to read more.

    14. From the hip late-40s lingo, to the formal dresses, to the sardonic and hopeful literary voice of Tobey Heydon, and her swoony romantic [mis]adventuresI just couldn't adore this book more.

    15. I found a copy of this at a used book sale and swooped it up immediately. It was one of my favorites from my childhood and I've probably reread it a dozen times, but not recently. It's such a sweet, innocent story about Tobey Heydon and her family in the late 1940's/early 50's. It's fun and somewhat refreshing to read about what a simple life it was for teenagers in that time period to only worry about school dances, new formals and having fun at the local teenage hangout.

    16. Ha! This was utterly ridiculous in the most fun ways. Tobey was so young and immature and thought so well of herself - it took me awhile to warm up to her, but I was pretty charmed by it. It was laugh out loud funny - not sure if it was intended to be, but I enjoyed it.

    17. Such a nostalgic read for me. I first read this nearly ten years ago. It's an old book of my mom's and I just love reading about Tobey's life and troubles. It's overdramatic and a little simple, but thoroughly enjoyable.

    18. Teen reads from the '50s are so different from the ones kids read today. There's an innocence to them that is appealing. I don't think I realized this was the first in a series, otherwise I probably would have read the other titles, too.

    19. Love, love, love Rosamond du Jardin's books. Very old-fashioned the days where couples went "steady," walked to malt shops, watched drive-in movies and listened to "records" in the living room on Saturday nights. ;)

    20. LOVE this series! It was a favorite of my mom's when she was young. So, of course, she had us read them too! The story is so sweet, and it's fun to read a book that is focused on the cute, simple things of life!

    21. This is the book that made me want to be a 23-year old redhead. Reading the copy given to Aunt Pat from Mom and Dad on her birthday in 1961. Shockingly outdated and patriarchal, but sweet to re-read while recuperating and taking pain medication.

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