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does anyone remember a book they *loved* at thirteen?

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Majorca Sun 22-Jul-07 18:05:50

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massivebigpantsface Sun 22-Jul-07 18:06:49

forever by judy blume

massivebigpantsface Sun 22-Jul-07 18:07:22

or judy bloom even

cat64 Sun 22-Jul-07 18:07:37

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Bibis Sun 22-Jul-07 18:07:40

I loved Swallows and Amazons, and still do.

MaryAnnSingleton Sun 22-Jul-07 18:08:20

The Country Child by Alison Uttley - absolutely loved it and still do - quite wordy but fantastic atmospheric descriptions and lovely illustrations - maybe it's a bit old fashioned for a teen these days - but as I say,it was magical to me !

Filchymindedvixen Sun 22-Jul-07 18:08:59

I Capture The Castle _ Dodie Smith, John Wyndham, The day Of The Triffids,
and er, Stephen King was my secret Vice

nomdeplume Sun 22-Jul-07 18:09:13

Forever, Judy Blume

Are you there God, it's me Margaret also by Judy Blume

MaryAnnSingleton Sun 22-Jul-07 18:09:39

Bibis - love Swallows and Amazons film but found the book difficult (tried to read it to ds) - it takes an age for Arthur Ransome to describe anything !

jealousorparanoid Sun 22-Jul-07 18:09:55

adrian mole i loved it......

NineUnlikelyTales Sun 22-Jul-07 18:10:02

Anything by Virgina Andrews

I also loved reading the full text versions of books I had encountered when younger, such as Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass and Peter Pan.

PrettyCandles Sun 22-Jul-07 18:10:32

I started gobbling down Sci-Fi at about that age. Brave New World (a lot went over my head, but it was still fantastic); Isaac Asimov's stories were great as well (though I didn't 'get' the Foundation series and didn't enjoy them).

I was not interested in any of the 19thC classics at that time, but enjoyed more modern writing. I think I read The Peppermint Pig at that age, though possibly earlier, and loved it.

PrettyCandles Sun 22-Jul-07 18:11:18

Oh yes, The Country Child - that was super. OK, not all 19thC writing was off-putting .

Filchymindedvixen Sun 22-Jul-07 18:13:31

oh yes, Adrian mole. I was mortified when I re-read it at 16 and realised it was supposed to be funny To me it ws The truth!

wheresthehamster Sun 22-Jul-07 18:13:39

When you could wrench me away from 'Jackie' and 'Fab 208' I enjoyed Agatha Christie, the children's versions of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen and the book I remember most - 'Fifteen' by Beverly Cleary, about a young american girl and the ups and downs of her first relationship (sex not mentioned). I probably read that book a hundred times.

I remember I was still into Narnia and Swallows and Amazons as well at that age.

Bibis Sun 22-Jul-07 18:14:15

Oooh, this brings back memories, have to admit to being an avid Virginia Andrews fan as well Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind etc.

Gosh MaryAnnS, can't recall the long and boring bits, I am great at speed reading and skimming. Makes rereading books great because I probably missed out great tranches the first time

pipsqueeke Sun 22-Jul-07 18:15:18

the point break/point horror series.

used to give each other a book at birthday time.

Filchymindedvixen Sun 22-Jul-07 18:17:26

actually yes, I devoured all the Virginia Andrews books at 12 or 13. I thought they were 'adult' novels...
And Jilly Cooper!

TaLcYo Sun 22-Jul-07 18:21:40

Z for zacharia grabbed my attention, as did mum's stephen king and james herbert collection.

And a morbid fascination in all books about jack the ripper.

dyzzidi Sun 22-Jul-07 18:23:40

I used to like Christopher Pike books anf the point horror colloction.

I also liked Sweet Valley High which had about 100 books in it.

Majorca Sun 22-Jul-07 18:23:53

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dyzzidi Sun 22-Jul-07 18:24:19

Oh I have got z for zachariah upstairs i did my GCSE english lit work with that one

MaryAnnSingleton Sun 22-Jul-07 18:26:15

at 13 I was probably obsessed with pony books ! Every year I tried to win the WH Smith Pony competition !

Majorca Sun 22-Jul-07 18:30:24

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Majorca Sun 22-Jul-07 18:31:39

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