Book Reviews of Seventeen

Author: Booth Tarkington
ISBN: 26082
Pages: 184
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.

4.6 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Seventeen on
This is one of the few books that have made me laugh out loud--and that, more than once. Although the story is set some time in the early 20th century, it is a timeless account of the "sufferings" of a teen-aged boy who longs to be cool and attractive to the opposite sex, but is constantly being thwarted by cruel fate or else being embarrassed by his loving parents and/or unsympathetic little sister.

If you are ever read this book, please, please DO NOT peek ahead to the ending. It is a surprise, and my favorite of all I have come across (mysteries and the like excepted, of course).

It was first published around 1916 I think, and therefore you can probably find a digital copy somewhere, if not a paper copy.
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Booth Tarkington's young characters are from a much earlier era but they act in ways very recognizable to us today. One of those classics that truly are worth listing as a classic.
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Being 17 a hundred years ago was completely different than it is today, and yet very much the same. The characters in this book inhabit a world of formal manners and rigidly defined social behavior, but their feelings and behaviors wouldn't be foreign to a teenager of today. Nicely written, laugh-out-loud funny and touching all at the same time, this is a wonderful read, and I loved the rather surprising ending.