I have some favorites that were not mentioned here.
Sixth Grade Secrets by Louis Sachar. That book always makes me think of the summer after fifth grade, worrying and hoping I would be as grown up a sixth grader as the characters in the book.
Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff: I read this book in 3rd grade and it kicked off my love of historical fiction. I always think of Lily's summers in Rockaway because the book described them so vividly.
Also, the Egypt Game, A Little Princess, Baby Sitter's Club, and Sweet Valley High.
@polka dots vs stripes OMG, I LOVED the Moon Bridge and Farewell to Manzanar (and also Danielle Steel's book Silent Honor) and they really shaped my views on the US government's culpability in perpetuating racism. I loved the Moon Bridge the most though, because I grew up in a similar environment (though decades later and not in SF) and identified with the main character. When I finally visited the Japanese garden in Golden Gate Park as an adult, I happily paid the 7 bucks to climb the real Moon Bridge.
@iceberg I totally checked out Flowers in the Attic from my local library around the age of 13 because the cover was so weird (a bunch of freaked out heads in an attic) and because somehow I knew it was "bad." My mom is an older mom and had no idea what the book was so I never got in trouble, but I didn't even need to worry. I thought the book was sooooo boring--I think it just went over my head or something. I was actually very disappointed. It wasn't until years later that I wiki'd that book series and finally understood the fuss.
@Verity You are not alone! I got super sick of that song and it was banned in the car when I was in it.
Now, I can appreciate the song, but I still do not like it.
@martinipie Island of the Blue Dolphins haunted me as a kid, so I avoided most kids-alone-in-wilderness books except for Sarah Bishop. Its written by the same guy who wrote IotBD, but is much less bleak and also set during the Revolutionary War. I loved that book and wanted to learn to shoot a rifle like Sarah in order to protect myself from dangerous redcoats and revolutionary soldiers. Read it!
@itiresias I'm with you on this. I had heard of WB over the years as a womanizer, but I tried to watch his movies with an open mind! I watched Splendor, Bonnie, and Shampoo but I disliked him in all of them. There's just something that I just cant...like? Its hard to articulate. Some actors have me from the start (Robert Redford in Barefoot in the Park, Inside Daisy Clover, This Property is Condemned, and of course Up Close and Personal; Roger Moore in The Miracle and The Sins of Rachel Cade as two examples of WBs contemporaries) and some just leave me cold.
Nevertheless this was another fascinating stellar installment!
On GTFO, Prom
@WhiskeySour I went to high school in California and all the schools in this area of SoCal go to different places in LA. Its fancy, but tickets are super expensive (75 each now, I think?) Mine was at the Annenberg Center in Exposition Park, and my brothers is at the Long Beach Aquarium. I'm sure proms in Beverly Hills are 10x more fancy, though.
On that note, prom here is sorta expensive when you take tickets, pictures, clothes, etc into account. My dress was a (semi-well known)label, but was bought on discount because my Dad knew the designer. My male friend paid for the tickets and 100$ pictures (way too much for those if you ask me) and my hair/makeup was maybe 60? My aunt drove us to the venue and I went home with my friends in a normal Toyota Camry. Prom nowadays is way too expensive, especially for the guy as I have discovered from my watching my brother put his prom plans together.
@JenandJuice logging in to second your rec for Murder of the Century. I read it last summer and really liked it, and this coming from someone who isn't into true crime stuff.
@beanie No lie, they are bringing back the Princess Gina storyline on Days of Our Lives. ITs like the 90s on that show all the time! Original Austin and Carrie, Lucas, Stefano being a machiavellian puppet master messing with John, Hope, Marlena, and Bo, original Billie. Seriously, it is weird.
You probably won't read this because I am so late to the party, but I just thought I'd pass the info along.
@BadWolf I have that CD (free from a Miss USA pageant my dad worked for) and I love it unconditionally and unironically! The songs can be horrible and "Ken's" voice is creepy, but its part of the fun. Besides "My Oh My" is awesome.