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Author: Maud Hart Lovelace
Key Words: Fiction, Classic, Coming of Age, Girls, Romance

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Book Description:

Betsy Ray is twenty-one and on the adventure of a lifetime: a solo tour of Europe! There's even a handsome Italian, Marco, who's going overboard for her - if only she could stop thinking about her ex-sweetheart Joe Willard.


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Sexual Content

Lust - 2 Incidents

A man ogles a lady whenever they pass in the halls.

“The young lieutenant who had ogled her so vainly smiled back in astonished delight.”

Making Out/Sex - 16 Incidents

A man takes a young lady’s arm.

A man touches a young lady lightly on the shoulder.

While dancing, a man holds a young lady too tightly.

A man kisses a young lady’s hand.

“His expression softening, he drew her tenderly from the railing.”

“There were lovers with their arms about each other,”

“He put his arms around her. He found a wet cheek and kissed it.”

“He put his arm about her shoulders and kissed her wind-blown hair.”

A man and lady swing hands.

A man takes a young lady in his arms.

A man and lady hold hands.

A man kisses a lady, and “she clung to him.”

A girl remembers a certain kiss.

A man embraces a young lady and kisses her. (They are getting engaged). They hold hands throughout the book.

A man kisses his fiancee.

“Betsy’s head was on his shoulder. His cheek was on her hair.”

Miscellaneous - 12 Incidents

The word “bosom” is used - non-sexual.

The word “sex” is used - as in gender.

A piece of art entitled, The Nude Descending the Staircase, is mentioned.

A “lady had bared her scrawny shoulders in a jet-trimmed gown.”

The word “breast” is used - non-sexual.

The word “breast” is used - non-sexual.

Undergarments and corsets are mentioned.

The word “bosom” is used - non-sexual.

Mentions slips, chemises, negligee.

Mentions silk undergarments.

It mentions a bride is wearing a pink chiffon negligee on her honeymoon. (It is referred to several times).

The word “breast” is used - non-sexual.

Illustrations - 1 Incident

a girl naked in a bathtub


Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 21 Incidents

pooh, deuce, dash it all, deuced, darn, what the dickens, *ss (referring to a donkey), gosh, hang, jiminy, jinks, bosh, don't-give-a-d*mn

Religious Profanities - 26 Incidents

Thank goodness, faith, mercy, golly, heavens, by all the saints, goodness knows, gol darn

Derogatory Terms -1 Incident

‘Joseph Conrad’s The Nigger of the Narcissus

Violence - None

Conversation Topics - 9 Incidents

This book has many guys and girls going out together, having beaus (sometimes several at once), trying to attract boys, dancing and thinking guys are handsome. (Book takes place in the early 1900s).

The father smokes a cigar, and there is mention of smoking Turkish water pipes and cigarettes.

Betsy has a crush on an older man until she finds out he’s married.

Some African women have tattoos.

Mentions beer halls.

Mentions playing cards (poker).

A man commits suicide.

Mentions Santa Claus.

Mentions opium.

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