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Rosamond du Jardin (1902–1963)

Autor/a de Practically Seventeen

21 obres 602 Membres 9 Ressenyes 6 preferits

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Crèdit de la imatge: Biography from back cover of dust jacket


Obres de Rosamond du Jardin

Practically Seventeen (1949) 72 exemplars
Wait for Marcy (1950) 66 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Double Date (1951) 52 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Double Feature (1953) 41 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Class Ring (1951) 40 exemplars
Boy Trouble (1953) 36 exemplars
Double Wedding (1959) 32 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Showboat Summer (1955) 31 exemplars
One of the Crowd (1961) 31 exemplars
The Real Thing (1956) 30 exemplars
Wedding in the Family (1958) 29 exemplars
Marcy Catches Up (1952) 27 exemplars
A Man for Marcy (1954) 26 exemplars
Senior Prom (1957) 24 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Junior Year Abroad (1960) 23 exemplars
Young and Fair (1963) 20 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Someone to Count On (1962) 14 exemplars
All is Not Gold (1935) 3 exemplars


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Nom normalitzat
Jardin, Rosamond du
Nom oficial
du Jardin, Rosamond Neal
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
Fairland, Illinois
freelance writer
Biografia breu
Rosamond Neal was born in Fairland, Illinois and attended public schools in Chicago. She married Victor Dujardin, who sold insurance, in 1925. She had three children, Jacqueline Neal, Victor Jr., and Judith Carol, with whom she would later co-author Junior Year Abroad. At first, she did office work at Charles A. Stevens & Company, a women's department store in Chicago. Later she became a freelance writer, working on short stories, novels and radio plays. She published almost 100 short stories and serials in Cosmopolitan, Red Book, Good Housekeeping, McCall's, and other women's magazines. She also wrote humorous verse and fiction in newspapers, including the Chicago Daily News. She also sometimes wrote scripts for radio serials. The Rosamond Dujardin Elementary School, located in Bloomingdale, Illinois, was named in her honor in 1964.




I stumbled on this young adult novel from 1950 while I was looking for something else, and I decided to give it a go. It seems it was one of those stories that developed in an author's head for quite a while before it reached novel form, as two of the chapters in this book are based on short stories published in 1932 and 1946.

I think it works in the novel's favor that, despite the title, this book isn't only about Marcy. It's also about her older brother Ken and includes his perspective as well as those of their parents. The story gives some nice glimpses of their familial bonds.

Also despite the title and the fair share of Marcy's social and romantic adventures and troubles, I didn't find any particular reason to like her or really root for her. Yes, she may one day grow out of her adolescent tendency to be dramatic, fickle, and whatnot, but she isn't especially funny or warm-hearted or anything to make you like her, and it's clear the narrative itself doesn't take her too seriously. It's just interesting to watch what's happening to her in this malt shop novel that doesn't seem to have any overall moral to the story, so to speak.

I mean, if there's anyone who does learn (or at least come to consider) something important, it's Ken. His plotting ways can be humorous, thoughtful, and quite clever at times but also manipulative and selfish when he misuses his wits. But Marcy? It isn't clear if she's really learned much or done any growing up by the end of the novel.

Moreover, the book conveys the outdated message that happiness for an adult woman is synonymous with being married, and a couple of the young characters' comments about women and their weight made me roll my eyes. But neither of those brief moments took me off guard.

On the whole, I enjoyed this old-fashioned read as light entertainment, and I plan to try one or two more of the Marcy novels that follow it.
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NadineC.Keels | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Oct 12, 2023 |
4.5 ⭐️'s. Which one would ask these questions: seniors in college in 1950 or today?
-What is an education?
-Can we really change things?
-Must we go along with the crowd?
-What are we here for?
-What good can we accomplish?
Answer? “No one knew the answers.“ All these questions are in this book from the 1950s. I still see relevance today. Thanks for the journey yet again, Pam & Penny. I'll come back to you again when I need to. 🧡💜💛
crabbyabbe | Sep 6, 2023 |
4.5/5 ⭐️'s. Old stone walls with ivy clinging to them, broad paths bordering a velvet lawn, couples in bright colors walking arm and arm ... Pam and Penny move on from high school (DOUBLE DATE) to college at Harwood, a small university in a suburb near Cleveland. All the 1950s nostalgia you could ever want is wrapped up in this beautiful package of a book. I never tire of revisiting these stories and gobble them up like the cotton candy of my youth.
crabbyabbe | Aug 31, 2023 |
4.5 ⭐️s. Gingham curtains. Malts at the drugstore. Small-town high school with hayrides and skating on the pond. Twins, Pam & Penny, move to a small suburb outside Chicago where Penny tries to become her own person and not just a twin copy of Pam, the more vivacious one. This book (and the other 3 in the series) are my comfort food right around the start of school. Nostalgia for a perfect 50s innocence that never existed, but that I always wanted to.
crabbyabbe | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Aug 27, 2023 |


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