Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Stars are Shinning on Sweet Dreams & Caprice & First Love From Silhouette- Jennifer Connelly & Courtney Cox & Lori Loughlin!

Finding books I don’t have is always a treat , I practically pounce on them like a miner discovering gold! It’s an even bigger treat when there’s a nice surprise on the cover! Is it just me or is that Courtney Cox on the cover of Sweet Dreams? It is! - looking like she did back when she was pulled on stage for a dance with Bruce Springsteen - staged of course but who cares! And who’s that on the cover of Caprice - could it be? Yes it is - Jennifer Connelly!
As for the others I’m not too sure about I just thought they’d be fun to include. One looks like a dead ringer for Kate Jackson , and though I know the dates are really off one of the cashiers at Value Village pointed out that the girl on Kiss Me Creep , Sweet Dreams looked exactly like Thora Birch. The guy on Kiss Me Creep actually looks a lot like John Philbin from the New Kids 1985 - the movie with Lori Loughlin. The other Sweet Dreams cover looks like someone I can’t put my finger on an actress from the 80's wait - Meredith Salenger - that’s it! From Journey of Natty Gann and Dream a Little Dream , and get a load of the guy on First Love From Silhouette he’s got kindof a Flock of Seagulls thing going with his hair.
** Just found a new one! First Love From Silhouette #54 - Picture Perfect by Carrie Enfield. That's Lori Loughlin looking ravashing as always! She was without a doubt, one of ( if not ) the best looking brunette of the 80's. She had the most magnificient sparkly eyes and the sun-shinniest smile. I love how she is bathed in a warm buttered toast glow on this cover. It's kind of interesting that I should find Lori Loughlin after just maybe perhaps recognizing her co-star of the New Kids on Kiss Me Creep. If you haven't seen The New Kids check it out - it's not much of a horror , more of a psychotic teenager played with lizardy villainry by a bleached blonde James Spader , ( he was the ultimate 80's slimeball! ) harassing two new kids that have moved into his quiet Florida town. Orphaned they have come to live with their aunt and uncle at their rundown Santa's workshop carnival. Lori Loughlin makes the movie better than it is with her spunky , level headed charm - she turns Spader down flat which sparks the out and out war he wags against them, and her brother hunky newcomer Shannon Presby isn't bad either. Doesn't Lori Loughlin have the best hair? It hasn't changed much , she knew what looked good on her and stuck with it , but I love that loop of bangs that arches over her forehead like a feathered visor brim.

Just to show you celebrities aren’t snobs ( or maybe they just don’t have the rights to their pictures ) check out this cover of Helene ( not a Series book but I thought it was cool ) that’s Brooke Shields on the cover - looking about thirteen which is strange because the book is not about a Lolita relationship well not that much of one! The girl in the story is seventeen. If you know of anymore celebrities on covers let me know , maybe I missed a few.

Hope you like the pics sorry the Caprice cover is in such rough shape!

I've finally figured out how to duh! handle the comment-replies and moved my answer to it's proper location. That reminds me - feel free to ask questions about series books or pop culture , maybe there is a shadowy book whose title is on the tip of your tongue but you can't recall it - if you've got a few clues maybe I can help out! No promises , but I always give it a shot and if I come up blank someone out there might have the answer.


Anonymous said...

Hi. I love your blog! I love that someone else out there is looking for the same '80s books ... I just found The Great Lakeside High Experiment.

I am trying to remember the name of a teen romance from the same era. It was set like a whitewater summer. The heroine was a spoiled girl who learned to camp, and the love interest was named Jess, I think? Any suggestions on an author or title?

Thanks so much! cl

Janna said...

Hi, I was wondering if you could help me remember the name of a book I read. It was a young adult or maybe middlegrade novel about a pair of identical twin sisters who switch places. I don't remember why, but they pretend to be each other while at school. I think one of them might have played soccer or some sport like that. It's possible one was a tomboy while the other was girly, but I'm not sure. Unlike The Parent Trap, I'm pretty sure the parents weren't divorced and the twins lived together. It was a fun, light book. I bought it at a used bookstore in the late 90s, but I think it was probably published in the 80s.

Some suggestions people have made that aren't it: any Sweet Valley book, Twin Switch, and the Pratt Twin series.


Peachalulu said...

This one is tough! I'll keep looking, unless either of these happens to be your book - Upstaged by Jacqueline Shannon - which is, I think, about twin girls arguing over a surfer dude. Then there is Double Trouble by Michael J. Pellowski which is a non numbered series about twin girls aimed at younger readers. Both were published mid 80's. Hope it helps!

Janna said...

Omg, you found it!! I was thinking it was called Double Trouble, but I couldn't find it in any search! But then when I found it, I recognized the cover right away! Thanks, you're amazing :)

Peachalulu said...

Whew! I'm glad you found it - I thought I was going out on a limb with that one!

Peachalulu said...

IN ANSWER TO ANONYMOUS- thanks! - I think the book you are looking for is Sweet Dreams #150 Summer Secrets by Susan Blake - here is the back blurb - 'Tabby's summer plans have taken a definite turn for the worse. Instead of cathing rays at ritzy Camp Sail-Away with her best friend, Tabby finds herself working as a counselor at her relatives' wilderness camp. Surrounded by wild animals and bratty kids, Tabby can't wait for the two weeks to end - until she meets Dean , the handsome senior counselor. Dean is obviously a real outdoorsman , though , and as hard as she tries , city bred Tabby just can't seem to do anything right. It doesn't help to have her mom , the camp cook, watching every move she makes, either. Can Tabby survive her summer in the woods - and find a way into Dean's heart? - Hope it's the right book! - if not tell me and I'll keep looking. P.s. Doesn't this sound a little like the backbone for Camp Rock - her mother is the cook at the camp she is a counselor at?!

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