Grumpy Words

July 22, 2008

Going back in time…

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Ever since I started working at my current job, a children’s publishing company, I have been swimming in nostalgia for the books I used to read growing up. I even ordered a raft of Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley Twin books from eBay (and I’m a bit shy to admit how much I enjoyed re-reading them!). It’s like every day, I remember another book that I loved.

The problem now is that I’m remembering fuzzy characters and strange sentences, and I cannot, for the life of me, remember which books they’re from. One in particular is driving me crazy; so, any people in their 20s or 30s who read a lot as a tween or teen, you may be of assistance:

There was a 3- or 4-part series I read back in 1993-ish. The books at the time felt pretty modern, so I doubt they were much older than that. It was a mystery series for Young Adults, and the narrator, a teen girl, was trying to figure out who killed her cousin and best friend April. As she uncovers clues, she realizes April had some secrets — including a secret boyfriend, Spike, whom she used to sketch often. There was also a character named (I think) Lacey, who was popular and rich and friends with April at one point. They used to swim at Lacey’s pool and drink diet soda and eat cookies. (Sidebar: it’s amazing what stands out 15 years after reading a book…I remember specifically that the Lacey character would always say “save the calories for the cookies, babe”!)

I am desperate to recapture this series. I don’t have a name or an author, and since I borrowed the books from the library I don’t even have a visual for the book cover. If anyone has any leads or answers, leave a comment!

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