The Love Letters of J. Timothy Owen

Constance C. Greene, Author HarperCollins Publishers $11.95 (181p) ISBN 978-0-06-022156-0
In her first novel for young adults, Constance Greene seems ill at ease with older readers: the dialogue is strained, and the story flags. Yet the premise, that a boy's first awkward attempts at love might parallel those of his parents, now divorced, to find new partners, is an interesting one. And Greene's half-hopeful, half-irreverent brand of humor leavens the topic well. Sixteen-year-old Tim would like the world to see him as ""a slightly off-the-wall, undercover intellectual''; but at such things as escorting his best friend's kid sister to a Catholic-school tea dance, he acts pretty much like many teens wouldembarrassed and foolish. The kid sister, meanwhile, is a fresh and intriguing surprisea bright spot in a somewhat labored, though often funny, book. (12-up)
Reviewed on: 09/29/1986
Release date: 10/01/1986
Hardcover - 181 pages - 978-0-06-022157-7
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-06-447026-1
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