Thursday, October 17, 2013

those were the days

I went to my parents' house on Sunday afternoon to clean out my bedroom.  Even though I have been living on my own for two years, there were several things in my old bedroom including but not limited to my American Girl dolls, my high school and college graduation gowns, and my award winning Mary Poppins Halloween costume.

(The costume didn't actually win any official awards.  But it was probably my best costume ever.  I even had a carpet bag just like Mary and a hat with a daisy in it.)

In addition to those items, I left A LOT of books.  I went through them all on Sunday afternoon and it was like taking a stroll down memory lane. 

It appears that I had quite the dramatic taste in literature during my middle school years. 

Exhibit A:
Because really, if you're already dealing with love AND betrayal, the last thing you need to be worried about is mayo. 


Another favorite was this gem.
In addition to your mother never being a kid, Victoria Martin, she was also evidently never completely honest with you because if she was, she would have let you know that having one side of your hair straight and one crimped is not a good look. 

(I tried to crimp my hair one time. Actually, my best friend Bridget did it in preparation for the big seventh/eighth grade dance in the St. Luke's church basement. )

(And let's just say there's a reason it was only crimped one time.  Even when both sides of your part are crimped, it's really not flattering.)

And then I entered eighth grade and my Victoria Martin books were tossed to the wayside because I discovered Lurlene McDaniel.  I have vivid memories of lying in bed WAY AFTER lights out, with a flashlight, under the covers, just reading and reading and waiting to see if Katie's heart transplant would take successfully, or if Michael would be able to participate in the Special Olympics despite his juvenile diabetes and pesky case of hemophilia. 


TALK ABOUT DRAMATIC.

I was practically the subject of one of these dramatic medical books myself earlier tonight after an unfortunate run in with an electrical socket.  

I was plugging my my hair crimper.

Just kidding. 

That has been retired.

And I hope Victoria Martin's has too.
 






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35 comments:

Sarah said...

Remember on The Bachelorette when Michael (I think?) told Des he had something life altering to say, then announced he had diabetes? Do you think he also read Lurlene McDaniel?

Speaking of things from long ago, you might appreciate this list- http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/things-you-will-never-be-able-to-forget

Kelly @ [Big Apple, Little Bites] said...

Ah American Girl Dolls! I have one those my mom's house too.

Also the girl on the cover of those books looks like Amanda Seyfried, doesn't it?

Rowdy Fairy said...


Love this! I love looking back over some of the things I read and had as a teeneger. x

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meagan @ beautiful things said...

hilarious. this made me laugh and feel nostalgic about dramatic love story tween romance novels.

meagan

Elise said...

LURLENE MCDANIEL. Oh my gosh, I used to love her books. And those other two titles are classic. Is that Amanda Seyfried on the cover?

Rachel said...

I was really confused by the one side straightened, one side crimped look. So much ya fiction is just plain bad...and yet it was entertaining at the time...

Robin said...

LOL at that second book cover! I think crimping is one of those things that only a few special magic people can do correctly. Those same people who can sweep their hair into a perfect smooth ponytail on the first try, without needing a mirror.

P!nky said...

Oh em gee I read lurlene mcdaniel. I had the someone dies, someone lives book. heartbreaking!!!!!!

Have a great weekend

Slice of Life said...

The titles of those Lurlene McDaniel books are cracking me up... "Don't die my love" and "Baby Alicia is dying".. seriously, too funny. Happy Friday!!

Kari said...

It's so funny looking back on the things we had during our teenage years. Everything was so dramatic:) When I went through the stuff at my parent's house a few years ago, I found a huge box of all the letters and notes from my high school boyfriend. It was crazy to see how things had changed and didn't turn out as I expected. I'm glad they didn't:) What did we know when we were teenagers?

KatyK said...

OMG Don't Die My Love!!!!!!!! I read that like 50 times in middle school. I was obsessed with that horrible depressing melodramatic book. Hahaha...thanks for that memory.

Amy said...

hahaha! girl I've gone through some of my books and laughed and laughed and laughed...also isn't that Amanda seyfried (or however you spell her name!)

Brittany said...

Hilarious. The half-straight, half-crimped style really isn't a good look. Also, can we please talk about how Amanda Seyfried is the model on the front of those books? Finally, why did you not post a picture of your costume?! I must see it. Please.

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

Is that Amanda Seyfried on the cover? Last last set of books sound really dramatic!! Love seeing old stuff from childhood though, oh the things we used to like!

Letters from a Mermaid said...

OH my goodness, these books! And I must mention that you are hilarious. Glad I stopped by for a little pick me up :)

brooke lyn said...

crimped hair was the best for middle school dances.

Sarah said...

I love my American Girl Dolls too. Currently have them in my condo locker storage. Which ones did you have? haha!

Becky said...

Haha love this - those are some pretty dramatic books! When we moved out of my old house 2 years, it was fun looking through my old stuff. My mom found a journal from kindergarten - that was a jem!

Becky said...

haha love this - those were pretty dramatic! when we moved out of my old house 2 years it was fun looking back at my old stuff. my mom found a journal from kindergarten - that was a gem!

Jayda said...

Oh my gosh, I used to LOVE Lurlene McDaniel books!! So dramatic...so sad...so medical! And Victoria Martin looks an awful lot like Amanda Seyfried haha

harmonysong said...

Oh my gosh!! I read the Lurlene books!! Totally forgot about that...I remember sobbing reading them when I was in junior high! hahaha wow!

Elizabeth said...

Haha. I can't say that I read any of that stuff, but I had my fair share of dramatic reads! I kind of love going back home and finding awesome gems!

Janna Renee said...

I remember the days when everyone used the iron to straighten their hair. I never had to do that, thank goodness. These books are too funny! I read Nancy Drew books and Harry Potter.

Faith said...

Haha! This made me laugh and makes me want to go to my parents house to get a little peek into the child I was. I know I have tons of books at home!

Autumn said...

I've been going through my childhood boxes here lately too and have been laughing. What a cute post :)

Seriously Kate said...

I was an avid reader, and still am. But for the life of me can't remember what I read! That's the memory part. :-/

But as for crimping... I loved having my mom braid my hair in two side braids when my hair was wet. Then I'd wake up in the morning and undo them and I'd have this awesomely crimped hair! Ha. :)

jess said...

Ha! I think I read all of those Lurlene McDaniel books in Middle School. O TEH DRAMA!

jess
Quaintrelle

Jwise said...

Who would have thought that we helped Amanda Seyfried make her debut by buying these dramatic novels every single book fair!

Hilda said...

Ouch! i hope your okay after that shock, :O

I remember the hair crimping. I never liked it though. i guess because i already have curly hair.

Fourteen Five said...

I was going to be clever and notice that it looks like Amanda Seyfried is in the cover.. well I think everybody else noticed too :P
We used to write our own "sweet valley high"-type of book with my friend, just for laughs.. It came out great since we described everything very precisely and with lots of fancy details, such as : "hair as golden as a Californian sunshine" or so..

I used to crimp parts of my hair, like just "highlights", or do tiny braids like that too... I don't think it was cute, but I guess it was the awesome fashion of a pre-teen girl in a small town.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I bet she totally regrets those photos being used for the books! lol

Jaime said...

#1- Is that Amanda Seyfried on the covers of those two Francine Pascal books? (If I didn't read it and you said it, sorry! LOL).

#2- I loved the dramatic books back in my teen/early adult years, lol!! I was a huge Sweet Valley Teen, Sweet Valley High and Babysitter's Club girl. Oh and do you remember those death/dying books? Like teens who were dying? I was so morbid but it was like Lifetime TV in a book for teens. They fall in love and one dies. Authors like Lurlene McDaniel, etc. Wow. I am aging myself.

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Jaime said...

Oh and PS, I'm a dolt. LOL That last picture was ALL Lurlene McDaniel books. I am so tired, hahhahahahahaa great minds think alike :)

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

LURLENE MCDANIEL! OMFG I LOVED those books. LOVED. And cried my heart out with them. Oh man those were the days!

Ashley German said...

Lurlene McDaniel...gosh..she was the stuff back then. i always cried my eyes out when reading her books!

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