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Last Dance

(1987)
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Publisher's Weekly
Those who admire Cooney's deft weaving of plot upon subplot exhibited in her other novelsincluding this book's predecessor, Saturday Nightwill be entertained by this sequel, though not completely satisfied. The five girls who starred in the last book are back, with romances going awry or not going anywhere at all. It's the Last Dance of their junior year: one has had a baby, one has terrible family problems, etc. The names become a muddle, there is a now-predictable disaster theme (last time: flood; this time: fire), and the girls' lives are open-ended enough to leave room for, perhaps, another episode. Better-than-average romancing is going on here, but not up to Cooney's usual much better-than-average standards. Although this book still has the froth, it isn't as fun as the first one.

School Library Journal
The last dance of the year provides only a temporary lull in the battle of the sexes. ''As always, the girls seemed to be at one event, and the boys seemed to be at another one altogether.'' The main theme is the vast distance between girls and boys; this gap is patched over at the end with a haze of romance. But in the meantime, there's a raging fire, a nasty troublemaker in a tight purple dress, and problems far heavier than usual, like unwed motherhood and ugly divorces. The boys and adults in this book are many times more developed than is usual, but the view of romance is decidedly jaundiced. Complicated, fast-moving, and an ultimately depressing book.

 
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Paperback Editions

May 1993 : USA Paperback
Title: Title: LAST DANCE (POINT ROMANCE S.)
Author(s): CAROLINE B COONEY
ISBN: 0-590-55363-1 / 978-0-590-55363-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: SCHOLASTIC POINT
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June 1992 : USA Paperback
Title: Last Dance
Author(s): Caroline B Cooney
ISBN: 0-590-45785-3 / 978-0-590-45785-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Point
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September 1987 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Last Dance
Author(s): Caroline B Cooney
ISBN: 0-590-40935-2 / 978-0-590-40935-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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June 1989 : USA Paperback
Title: LAST DANCE NANCY DREW #37 (The Nancy Drew Files Case, 37)
Author(s): Carolyn Keene
ISBN: 0-671-67489-7 / 978-0-671-67489-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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September 1987 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Last Dance
Author(s): Caroline B Cooney
ISBN: 0-590-42788-1 / 978-0-590-42788-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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September 1987 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Last Dance
Author(s): Caroline B Cooney
ISBN: 0-590-44629-0 / 978-0-590-44629-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kindle Editions

October 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Last Dance (A Night to Remember Book 2)
Author(s): Caroline B Cooney
Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween
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