Hinton and Lipsyte clearly were writing a new kind of novel for young adults— one of unsparing contemporary realism that met a need.
The automobile simply shattered these old-fashioned traditions. Dating was removed from the watchful eyes of anxious parents. Teenagers were given privacy.
That is a historic fact, just as Americans invented the telegraph, telephone, PC, and atomic bomb. By the s, they were populating the United States, doing the same things as teenagers do today. First, as the nation industrialized, beginning largely after the Civil War (