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Book Cover: 'Twixt Twelve and Twenty 'Twixt Twelve and Twenty
Dell Publishing, 1958

A personal note to you from Pat Boone:
It's nice to be able to talk to you this way about lots of things you and I think are pretty important.
What is a teen-ager anyway? You're one, and I just got over being one. But what is teen-age made of besides seven years of dating, waiting, and a lot of wondering? Well, I thought we might look at these wonderful years together; I'll tell you about me as a teen-ager, and we'll talk about you, too....

...Teen-age can be a confusing time, but it can also be a great adventure. Now -- let's look at these years together.

Your Boy,
Pat Boone

--from the back cover

Well, this explains the sixties.

I don't care how well-meaning Pat Boone is, he's still a chucklehead. What kid isn't going to react violently to this sort of condescension? I feel like maybe Marilyn Manson got a hold of Alice Cooper's dog-eared copy of 'Twixt Twelve and Twenty and was suddenly inspired to break into song.

Imagine this: you're sixteen, and all you can think about is sex. Maybe you're considering hotwiring cars as a career. Then your mom gives you a copy of this book to set you straight, and now you've got Pat effing Boone telling you about the dangers of light petting. The introduction is a scream.