Alyce, At Home With Books, helps us celebrate our favorite reads every Thursday.
On some of our older shelves, perhaps, we’ll find that book we haven’t thought about in awhile.
Today, I’m spotlighting a book published in 1975. A movie was made from this book in 1977—and both the book and the movie became a cautionary tale for young women of our time.
In the free-wheeling sixties and seventies, young people didn’t think about the consequences of their actions as much as they should have. So Looking for Mr. Goodbar, by Judith Rossner was a reminder of what could happen.
Graphic depictions of the possible consequences of foolish and dangerous choices can turn a young person away from a path that can, at the very least, lead to nothing positive.
I must admit that seeing the movie a couple years later (starring Diane Keaton) hammered that point home even more horrifically.
On Goodreads, we find this tidbit:
Theresa was a quietly satisfied young teacher by day. But when the sun went down, her life was an endless, faceless whirl of bars and beds and men she’d never seen before and wouldn’t see again. If she couldn’t find love, she took chances on men who were better than no men at all. And learned, with each new night and each new nightmare, that finding her man was only the beginning.
So…on that note, I’ll ask if anyone out there even remembers this book (or movie), and, if so, what are your thoughts?
What is your favorite book this week? I hope you’ll stop by and share.