Maureen Daly Rebecca Lowrie - Essay

Rebecca Lowrie

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

["Seventeenth Summer"] is very appealing. There is no effort to recapture the emotions of youth, or to give them the dewy touch of sentiment with which even elderly people in their thirties like to caress their memories. The seventeenth summer in a perfectly charming little girl's life writes itself in her own words from the June evening when Angie Morrow and Jack Duluth first smiled at each other in McKnight's drug store, to the August morning when she said "'Bye Jack" and started away to school….

Not all smooth, this seventeenth summer, but it is recorded with a limpid honesty and simplicity that make novels about adolescence seem pontifical and phony. Angie Morrow and Jack Duluth are the young people for whom the world should be made free—and beautiful.

Rebecca Lowrie, "Fiction: 'Seventeenth Summer'," in The Saturday Review of Literature (copyright © 1942 by Saturday Review; all rights reserved; reprinted with permission), Vol. 25, No. 22, May 30, 1942, p. 10.

Very successful, this etiquette book ["Smarter and Smoother"] for the "coke crowd". Written in breezy, slangy style, the author gets across good stuff on a variety of subjects from "What makes one guy the super-man of the study hall, and another the droop-of-the-troop", to "Smooth Dates" and "Petting". Parents should be thankful to Maureen Daly, for she gives all the advice and council that teen agers think is sermonizing from parents, but that they'll lap up in this form.

"Fifteen and Up: 'Smarter and Smoother'," in Bulletin from Virginia Kirkus' Bookshop Service, Vol. XII, No. 5, March 1, 1944, p. 120.