The diary kept by then 16-year-old Greene during the year 1964, this ``year in the life'' of a privileged, suburban, midwestern teen is truly what nostalgia is all about. Hey, remember two gallons of gas for 50 cents; cruising, letter sweaters, the first time you saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan ? Well, it's all herea remarkable first-hand account of that innocent time before the upheaval of the late 1960s gave way to the disillusionment of the early 1970sand adulthoodmade all the more remarkable by the fact that boys didn't usually keep diaries. But Greene, now known for his Good Morning Mary Sunshine, wanted to be a reporter and had heard a journal was good practice toward that end. So this is not just a chronicle of a time but a unique trip through the mind of a teenage boy. Rosellen Brewer, Seaside Branch Lib., Cal. Copyright 1987 Cahners Business Information.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
This diary by the author of Good Morning, Merry Sunshine may top that bestseller, for Greene's re-creation of what he considers America's last innocent year, 1964, possesses nostalgia's magic. He records his life as a high school student in Bexley, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. With his close male friends, he thrilled to the music and style of the Beatles and balked at orders to ``get a haircut!''; he mourned from January through December over a girl he continued to love even after she dumped him; sometimes he and his pals drank too much and played tricks ``I'm not proud of.'' He recalls an era when it was hard to persuade a girl to ``go all the way'' and other youthful experiences that make up a poignant, funny, charming memoir. Major ad/promo; first serial to Esquire and Family Circle; author tour. (April) Copyright 1987 Cahners Business Information.
The author recaptures his high school years, revealing the hopes and fears of a teenager growing up in 1964