5 thoughts on “Debutante Hill

  1. As I was reading this, I was constantly reminded of NICE GIRL FROM GOOD HOME (Fran Arrick) which I had read first although it had been published much later. How many of you who have read both would agree?

    What did I actually think of DEBUTANTE HILL? I liked it. It was interesting to read a nonthriller from a thriller author.

    Thanks for reading.

  2. Huzzah! Lois Duncan’s first novel is back in print, thanks to Lizzie Skurnick books! Duncan’s regular readers might be surprised; no dead teachers make an appearance, no ghosts, no evil ghosts lurking about the fringes. However, something else is lurking: the structure of class, and the difference between haves and have nots.

    Lynn Chambers is a girl of her times: she has good friends, an irritating little sister, a boyfriend who just went to college but she gets to wear his ring around her neck.

  3. A 1958 reprint of a coming of age novel about a wealthy young girl who spends her senior year with her well-to-do “Hill” friends and waiting for letters from her handsome college boyfriend, until the tradition of debutantes descends on her small town and her father forbids her to participate. Lynn is suddenly aware of her peers in other social classes, and begins to form strong opinions about prejudices in her town and rethinks the relationships with everyone she’s known all her life.

    While a bi

  4. Lynn Chambers is a bit excited that a debutante season has been arranged by the unfortunate Brenda’s mother, especially since her beau, Paul Kingsley, is off to college. The parties will give her something to do during her senior year. Unfortunately, her father, who is a doctor who ministers to everyone in town, including the poor, tells her that she will NOT be going to the parties, because they will serve only to socially divide the town even further. This is a bummer, because all of her frien

  5. I grew up on Lois Duncan’s horror books from the 80’s and 90’s, and have always been a big fan of hers. I’ve had Debutante Hill on my TBR list for a while now, and decided to finally read it after hearing of her recent passing.

    I really enjoyed this first novel of hers. Written and set in the 1950’s, it was a nice look into the lives of teens and social classes of that time period. The characters all felt real, and even though the story was authentic to the 1950’s, the message of the book wasn’t

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