The Vine: January 3, 2014
I could use some help finding a YA series from you and your readers.
It was mostly about two friends, and some of the books were about their friendship and others were about their families and lives in general. The books were always written from one of the girls' perspectives. One of the girls was white and the other was African-American.
The white girl had been orphaned and was caring for her younger siblings (two brothers, I think) until they eventually found an aunt or grandmother that they didn't know and moved in with her. Once she moved in with the older female relative, she started school and met the other girl. The African-American girl was a ballet dancer when she was younger but later quit and was a tennis player in high school. I also have a memory of the white girl building a boat with her boyfriend when she was older. I think it was a dory boat.
I think my 7th-grade English teacher was in the process of purchasing these books new while I was in her class in 1996-1997, but they read like they were re-releases of something published earlier. They took home ec and it was actually called "home ec." It also felt like a point was being made by having a white girl and a black girl from different backgrounds be friends.
I'm looking for the title of a film set in England in the '80s. The protagonist is a hapless but well-intentioned youth who has loads of friends but ultimately wants to straighten out his life and find a job. He somehow secures himself an interview, but for some reason has no shoes to wear — either because his were stolen or he just doesn't own any, I can't recall why.
The entire rest of the film is a kind of meandering montage of life in the Thatcher era, the emergent counter-culture, working-class issues, and this spirited young man who needs to find a pair of shoes and get himself to his interview in spite of parties, art shows, women, and other interesting distractions. Towards the end of the film, he does find footwear, and makes a happy little rhyme about them: "The boot is cute! The boot's a hoot!" That sort of thing.
Anyway, I loved the film, studied it in film school, but would rather not re-open a dialogue with my beloved professor 10 years on with such frivolity.
Can anyone help?
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