I’m with Joanne. I can’t remember my first book, just as I can’t remember my first outfit, or my first word. And I love clothes and talking almost as much as I love reading and writing.
But if we’re talking about “Loving It,” what I can remember is my first book crush.
Reeve from The Face on the Milk Carton. Anyone remember that book? I lurved it so much. Janie sees her own picture on a “Missing” ad on the side of her lunchtime milk carton, and it’s all drama drama drama from there. But, at least in my memory, she had this wonderful boyfriend who just adored her. He seemed like the perfect boy. And, in my imagination, he looked just like Keanu Reeves. Which was clearly due to the name thing. Real imaginative, Rachel.
On the ABC Family TV movie version, in which they forced Kellie Martin to sport bright red hair, Reeve looked like this. Cute, right? I mean, cute in an I-would-have-liked-him-when-I-was-8-years-old kind of way.
But Reeve was more than just looks. I mean, he helped his girlfriend find her real family after discovering that she’d been kidnapped by her supposed parents’ cult-
obsessed daughter. (You got that?) That guy stuck around when things got rough…and he was only in high school! Um, can you say dreamboat?
After some extensive Wikipedia-ing, I’ve learned that there was a later book in the “Janie Johnson” series where Janie and Reeve breakup. But—spoiler alert!—all ends well at the end of the series. Phew. I mean, who could give up those eyes?
Who was your first literary crush?