Lois Duncan's classic young adult novel explores the class divides in small-town America, through the eyes of Lynn Chambers. Lynn is a wealthy and popular girl who finds herself shunned from the in-crowd at her high school when she doesn't become a debutante like the rest of the girls. An outcast for the first time in her life, she meets new and exciting friends who open her eyes to the world of the less fortunate. Emma Galvin gives Debutante Hill an exciting presence with a voice full of steely character that captures Lynn's vulnerability before it blossoms into strength.
Lynn Chambers is popular, wealthy, and going (almost) steady with a handsome college boy. But when she decides not to be a debutante, for the first time Lynn finds herself on the outside. Lois Duncan's 1958 young adult classic tells the story of what happens when the debutante tradition comes to one small town.
This book may have been written in the late 1950s, but the issues of class it explores are, if anything, even more relevant now. It's also a beautiful book and a great read, and anyone who appreciates a really good love story with down to earth characters is going to love it! The narrator comes across as young herself and engaged with the high school aged characters, and does a fantastic job.