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!READ KINDLE ☦ Happy Endings Are All Alike ⚔ It s their last summer before college, and Jaret and Peggy have fallen deeply in love They exchange love letters, have pet names, and spend hours alone in their special clearing in the woods For once, life is perfect But Jaret and Peggy live in Gardener s Point, a small town a hundred miles from New York City, and a place where girls only date boys In Gardener s Point, being different isn t easy but nothing could prepare them for the danger that lies aheadA novel ahead of its time, Sandra Scoppettone slesbian young adult romance shows how Jaret and Peggy s relationship affects their friends, family, and town, and how, when Jaret is assaulted by a classmate, love and friendship win out I really enjoyed this snapshot of late 70s women s lib as found in a YA novel about lesbians Of course it seems dated now, but still rings true It reminded me of the movie Girlfriends, in terms of its portrayal of young feminists I loved the line about Jaret vaguely wondering how exactly not shaving her legs was contributing to the women s movement And there is so much rapping going on, and not of the Grandmaster Flash variety Far out, man Thanks, Lizzie, for bringing this back into pr I really enjoyed this snapshot of late 70s women s lib as found in a YA novel about lesbians Of course it seems dated now, but still rings true It reminded me of the movie Girlfriends, in terms of its portrayal of young feminists I loved the line about Jaret vaguely wondering how exactly not shaving her legs was contributing to the women s movement And there is so much rapping going on, and not of the Grandmaster Flash variety Far out, man Thanks, Lizzie, for bringing this back into print for starters trigger warning for rape.I m having a hard time articulating anything about this book, but I m going to try I think the writing is occasionally a little clunky especially at the beginning , but on the whole I think Scoppettone does a really good job, especially with the varied voices I think there are moments where it gets a little preachy as one might expect from a YA novel from 1978 about lesbians by a lesbian , but I also think it makes a very conscious effort to realistica for starters trigger warning for rape.I m having a hard time articulating anything about this book, but I m going to try I think the writing is occasionally a little clunky especially at the beginning , but on the whole I think Scoppettone does a really good job, especially with the varied voices I think there are moments where it gets a little preachy as one might expect from a YA novel from 1978 about lesbians by a lesbian , but I also think it makes a very conscious effort to realistically portray a range of reactions, positive and negative and in between, to Jaret and Peggy being lesbians.and, as other people have noted, it s not a punishment story it does include center on, even a rape, and Scoppettone doesn t hold back either in writing that scene or in writing the aftermath Jaret trying to deal with a traumatic experience, the legal system s prejudice against her both as a woman and as a lesbian, public reaction when she is outed by her rapist, etc.but it doesn t give up, and it doesn t tell us Jaret deserved what she got and it doesn t end with any of the classic tropes there are no dead lesbians, and neither Jaret nor Peggy goes back to being straight And so what if happy endings didn t exist Happy moments did. I first heard about this book in a summary of lesbian young adult fiction its origins and how far it s come today This book was mentioned as one of the books back from the days when characters were punished for being gay And in this novel, particularly horrifically So I thought maybe I should stay away from this book for a while And I did.Now, having read it, I can say the image I had of the book was completely false It s not a punishment story it s an exploration of the extreme homophobi I first heard about this book in a summary of lesbian young adult fiction its origins and how far it s come today This book was mentioned as one of the books back from the days when characters were punished for being gay And in this novel, particularly horrifically So I thought maybe I should stay away from this book for a while And I did.Now, having read it, I can say the image I had of the book was completely false It s not a punishment story it s an exploration of the extreme homophobia and misogyny in society, especially in the 1970s when it was written, and it s also a refreshingly feminist and powerful critique I was happily surprised to find such a strong message which is hard to find in any book, but in a book written 35 years ago it was especially powerful Sandra Scoppetone, Happy Endings are All Alike Alyson, 1978 I m not sure what book the New York Times reviewer who called this a tensely plotted thriller was reading, but it sure wasn t this one Happy Endings, written before Scoppetone became a mystery vamp of the highest order, is a simple, if somewhat twisted, coming of age tale about high school romance and all the pain and suffering it entails.Jaret and Peggy are stuck in the lazy summer before college, in the middle of a romance that s Sandra Scoppetone, Happy Endings are All Alike Alyson, 1978 I m not sure what book the New York Times reviewer who called this a tensely plotted thriller was reading, but it sure wasn t this one Happy Endings, written before Scoppetone became a mystery vamp of the highest order, is a simple, if somewhat twisted, coming of age tale about high school romance and all the pain and suffering it entails.Jaret and Peggy are stuck in the lazy summer before college, in the middle of a romance that s a badly kept secret from Jaret s mother and Peggy s father Peggy s father is a widower Jaret s father is just plain clueless about most everything and a well kept secret from the rest of their somewhat conservative town Well, for a while Things get nasty when a local boy finds out about the romance and decides that Jaret needs some conversion to heterosexuality.Scoppetone s a fine writer, for the most part, and the emotions at play throughout the book are clear and well done Most of the book s characters are complex, solid, and far from annoying The one exception is Peggy, who constantly uses the word gazinga for well, everything think back to the Smurfs and their way of speaking It gets annoying, and it gets there quickly But if you can overlook that, this one s worth a look 1 2 Wow, this was great Amazing that this was written in 1978 as it takes in lesbianism, rape and feminism without being in the slightest bit preachy as well as being totally relevant for today I know I would have loved this as a teenager and it has such an awesome moral code.The only bit I didn t like particularly was the diary entries but understand why they are included.If I had kids, I d make them read this But I don t so YOU have to read this Okay Okay. Happy Endings Are All Alike is a 1970s two girls in love in a small town story It s also a rape and beating story, and one that is quite explicit, so be warned.I appreciated each girl s feelings about her sexuality, and each family member s response to it as well Am I as liberated a woman as I thought I was when it s my daughter who s gay Then we have the rape story line intersect the sexuality story line, at a time when the idea of not blaming the victim is new Susan Brownmiller gets a Happy Endings Are All Alike is a 1970s two girls in love in a small town story It s also a rape and beating story, and one that is quite explicit, so be warned.I appreciated each girl s feelings about her sexuality, and each family member s response to it as well Am I as liberated a woman as I thought I was when it s my daughter who s gay Then we have the rape story line intersect the sexuality story line, at a time when the idea of not blaming the victim is new Susan Brownmiller gets a mention Read it if you re a student of women s history or gender and sexuality, but it is definitely not just a gay teen love story 3.5 out of 5I don t know much about the social climate in America in 1970s, but the homophobia and sexism that the two lesbian protagonists face in Happy Endings Are All Alike seem very realistic i.e., infuriating and quite ridiculous I hope by today s standards.Apparently, this book was groundbreaking when it was first published in 1978 because it not only was one of the first YA books to feature lesbian protagonists, but it also lacked common dead lesbian or eventually cured of homosexu 3.5 out of 5I don t know much about the social climate in America in 1970s, but the homophobia and sexism that the two lesbian protagonists face in Happy Endings Are All Alike seem very realistic i.e., infuriating and quite ridiculous I hope by today s standards.Apparently, this book was groundbreaking when it was first published in 1978 because it not only was one of the first YA books to feature lesbian protagonists, but it also lacked common dead lesbian or eventually cured of homosexuality tropes This book surprised me because all the lukewarm reviews on here and the date of the book s publication gave me this impression that the story and characters would be outdated I mentally shelved it with other lesbian classics like Rubyfruit Jungle and The Well of Loneliness books I have hesitated to read for six years now But for Happy endings are all alike, I like the title, I received the book last night just as I was finishing another book, and for some reason I couldn t sleep, so I ended This book surprised me because all the lukewarm reviews on here and the date of the book s publication gave me this impression that the story and characters would be outdated I mentally shelved it with other lesbian classics like Rubyfruit Jungle and The Well of Loneliness books I have hesitated to read for six years now But for Happy endings are all alike, I like the title, I received the book last night just as I was finishing another book, and for some reason I couldn t sleep, so I ended up reading this in one sitting, during which I felt these twists in my chest, the kind that happens when you indulge in rereading paragraphs that inspire terrible longing and there should be a word for that feeling because I have overused the word resonating lol This book felt like Annie on My Mind and Lost and Delirious.Jaret and Peggy are described as two good looking girls who love each other It s the summer before they both go to college Radcliffe, Smith and they want to spend a lot of time together They live in a town a hundred miles away from New York City Jaret is a littledreamy, saying things that sound like she and Peggy will be together for a long time while Peggy reminds her that they should just think of the moment because things can come up, and they just don t know Sandra Scoppettone is great at writing specific emotions, subtle gestures view spoiler Peggy, alone in her bedroom at night, kissing her pillow, imagining it s Jaret this is before they re together Jaret, knowing that jealousy is bad but feeling it anyway when Peggy tells her that this boy asked her out.and that Peggy said yes to him hide spoiler The first half is definitely better than the second half because after view spoiler a terrible rape scene which felt real, the way it was written hide spoiler , the novel changes and the dialogue of the characters starts to sound like it s trying to say all the correct things to teach the reader something about homophobia and rape I m also surprised by the dialogue, that it feels real, sort of, and I appreciate that the characters recognize when they sound sentimental because someone will say, God, I sound like a dumb movie Also it s hilarious how often gazinga and humungus are used.Even with the title being that happy endings are all alike, it took me until four pages before the end to realize that I might not get a happy ending Feel like this was a test of my optimism, and I think indeed I am, looking forward to something good happening, but I ll say I m rather satisfied with this story D D Dp.s lol that I m the only one to give this five stars Sandra Scoppettone s Happy Endings Are All Alike is about the lesbian relationship between Jaret Tyler and Peggy Danzinger over the summer before college in 1978 Like all teenagers, Jaret and Peggy are struggling to define their relationship Jaret isassured in their relationship Her mother, Kay, found out, and is relatively all right with it But Peggy is still unsure especially with her older sister Claire threatening to tell their emotionally fragile widower father about Peggy s devi Sandra Scoppettone s Happy Endings Are All Alike is about the lesbian relationship between Jaret Tyler and Peggy Danzinger over the summer before college in 1978 Like all teenagers, Jaret and Peggy are struggling to define their relationship Jaret isassured in their relationship Her mother, Kay, found out, and is relatively all right with it But Peggy is still unsure especially with her older sister Claire threatening to tell their emotionally fragile widower father about Peggy s deviant relationship However, things change when Jaret is brutally raped and beaten Her rapist warning to goad her into silence He threatens to tell everyone in their small town of Gardener s Point about her relationship with Peggy Jaret won t play his game but her decision does have ramifications for all involved.I really enjoyed Happy Endings It was amazing to read about the prejudices that people had about homosexuals Like that could be a decent offense to beat a rape and assault charge in this day and age I liked the characters involved I liked Jaret s strength and how it multiplied with the support of her family I liked Peggy s hesitation Yes, she loved Jaret but she was still worried about what people thought of her and how her family would be affected by it She wasn t a bad person but she was human.Just a side note, kudos to Scoppettone for really capturing the 1970s Damn, I felt like I was there