Nancy E. Paige

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[Too Bad About the Haines Girl], about a popular, intelligent, "nice" high school girl who becomes pregnant, is well written, peopled by believable, appropriate characters, but it goes no farther than to tell us that an unmarried, pregnant high school girl is a miserable person whose future is in very serious jeopardy…. Whether [Melinda] and her boyfriend will forsake their educational plans to marry and raise an unwanted child, or whether Melinda will, instead, bear the illegitimate child and give it up for adoption, and how both young people will deal with the social, emotional, and other pressures attendant on either decision are matters beyond the scope of the book…. In short, though a competent writer, Miss Sherburne side-steps all the difficult and significant issues inherent in the problem she presumes to deal with. The result is an unimportant book.

Nancy E. Paige, in a review of "Too Bad about the Haines Girl," in School Library Journal, an appendix to Library Journal, Vol. 13, No. 8, April, 1967, p. 91.


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