Pop some bubblegum and turn up the boom box: It's time to visit the 1980's. Crazy cartoons, wacky food, crackhead candy, and the most important decisions of a pre-teens life: new wave or heavy metal? Jelly shoes or checkerboard Vans?
Valley Girl is a compilation of lively essays that questions 80's pop culture: Why did Simon LeBon's sexy stare work straight through the TV? Why did Cabbage Patch Kids start to run out of good names like Jennifer and start coming out with names like Bertha and Edna? Why did we love camel-toe inducing designer jeans? Why did the bass of "Billie Jean" make us stop in our tracks like a dog hearing a silent whistle? Why did a boy's entire social life depend solely on his kickball skills?
Read about fights with neighborhood kids, taking down bullies and trying to fit in with the cool chicks. Slumber party games, crushes, scary teachers, rivals, finding one's talent such as double joints, rolling tongue or wonky eye tricks, looking at boobs in the Sears catalog and forays into capitalism in the way of lop-sided homemade carnivals and melty sno-cone stands.
Jump into the salty waves at Zuma beach, eat your 30-scooped zoo sundae at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor, and get yourself down to the Northridge mall: It's time to dive into the world of the Valley Girl.
Valley Girl is available in paperback and eBook at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com
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