Paula Danziger

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Last Updated on June 7, 2022, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 144

Thirteen-year-old Cassie starts her first-person story [The Pistachio Prescription] with the assertion that "Pistachio nuts, the red ones, cure any problem," and she ends with "Twinkies, I bet, are the answer"—a fair enough indication of the level of growth that has transpired in between. And though Cassie does indeed have problems that neither pistachios nor twinkies can solve—chiefly, divorcing parents whose insensitivity brings on her frequent asthma attacks—her tone throughout is so glib and inauthentic that it's hard to believe in a real suffering child under all the predictably triggered hysterics. ("Sometimes I think my parents are wonderful, and sometimes I hate them" is a typical Danziger illustration of adolescent psychology.)… Not improbable, but shallow—a synthetic slice of "typical teenage" life.

"Young Adult Fiction: 'The Pistachio Prescription'," in Kirkus Reviews (copyright © 1978 The Kirkus Service, Inc.), Vol. XLVI, No. 7, April 1, 1978, p. 379.

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