Ms. Gibbons has a memory of steal! Drawing from what could only be personal experience, she beautifully outlines what it feels like to make that much talked/written about transition from girlhood to adulthood, but here she does it with poise, humor, and pathos. Ms. Gibbons does a wonderful job of evoking a time (in this case the early 70's and 80's) and a place in these vividly written young adult shorts. She captures the angst and obsession-laden young American female with aplomb and carefully illustrates what it is like to leave childhood (First period, anyone?) and enter the teen years (Crushes on celebs, y'all?), arousing feelings of sympathy, tendernous, nostalgia, sorrow, and, yes, even joy. We women and girls do suffer Ms. Gibbons reminds us, but we also emerge hopeful and strong. A really nice read, interesting, nuanced, and emotional.