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Booktalking "Hey, Dollface" by Deborah Hautzig

Val and Chloe are best friends extraordinaire. After spending much time with Chloe, Val finds that other people pale in comparison. And it is different with Chloe. Val does not touch her other friends much, but Val and Chloe and are always joking and touching each other. They alternately refer to each other as kid or dollface. The girls practically live at each other's houses, and one day they fall asleep together.

This coming-of-age novel is the coolest because it features conversation about growing-up things that matter: sex, relationships, body image, etc. Val and Chloe even used a library to learn more about sex. They discuss homosexuality in sometimes an oblique manner and sometimes in a straightforward way. At one point in the book, Chloe says:

"Well, look at all the men and women having sex who don't even like each other, let alone love each other. Isn't that the real sin?"

Girls who do not know if they are gay or straight; they have feelings for both men and women. These teens have a really close, sweet friendship that might turn into something else. 

Hey, Dollface by Deborah Hautzig, 1978

I love the cover, which features fall leaves that litter the ground with the girls in the background shooting the breeze.


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