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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Truth, Dare, Double Dare, Promise or Repeat (On Finding the Meaning of "Like" in 1982) by Monica Lee is a young adult coming of age story that would appeal most to a mature audience of young adult females who do not mind adolescent sexual situations and a bit of explicit language. Monica is a fifteen-year-old girl attending Wadena Senior High School in Minnesota during the 1980s, who has decided it is time to find herself a boyfriend. Monica shares her high school experiences from her diligently written diary of her high school years that shares her first foray into kissing, learning to French kiss, attending dances, dealing with boys, and hanging out with her friends. Will Monica find a boyfriend that is right for her or will she have to settle for less?
Truth, Dare, Double Dare, Promise or Repeat (On Finding the Meaning of "Like" in 1982) by Monica Lee has a cover that grabbed my attention as soon as I saw it. I was interested in the fact that Monica was wearing a pair of bright blue shoes that were so different from all the other shoes surrounding her. The book itself is a well-written story that reminded me a lot of my own high school experiences, just without modern technology and social media. I liked the fact that Monica’s story was based upon her own diary entries, which she wrote when she was in high school, as the book provided a true look into what life was like for teenagers in the 1980s. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book as it brought back memories about my high school life and made me interested in seeking out my old diary from my high school days!