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I Just Can't Say I Love You

McKinney High Class of 1986 (Book Two) by Debby Meltzer Quick

How Do You Know if Love is Real?


Available at AMAZON - Kim and Carl became fast friends in kindergarten, but they were struck by the cooties plague in second grade. For years, it was the boys versus the girls, but Kim has missed her first school friend. Now they are juniors, and Kim has a plan. She has gotten Carl to agree to go to the Junior Prom with her, and she has some ideas about how the evening will end. Carl won’t know what hit him. But both of these teens have no idea that their childhood traumas will affect their ability to thrive in a romantic relationship. As Kim and Carl start down a road to love, they must learn to trust each other with their lives, and their hearts. Their journey takes them through high school and across the country, into a new life that neither of them could ever have expected.


I Just Can’t Say I Love You is the second book in the McKinney High School Class of 1986 series. Learn about Kim and Carl during their early years, and well into adulthood as they explore growing up with the help of their loyal high school friends.



I Just Can't Say I Love You

Review by Deborah Adele


Five Star

Debby Meltzer Quick's second book in the McKinney High Class of 1986 series is an engaging read that is sure to captivate readers. The book is a coming-of-age story that follows the journey of two friends, Kim and Carl. The story is set in the 80s, before the advent of social media, and takes readers on a nostalgic trip down memory lane to a time when life was simpler.


The book explores Kim and Carl's relationship in great detail, chronicling their ups and downs as they navigate the complexities of growing up in a world that is changing rapidly for them. Both Kim and Carl had their share of personal problems at home, which made them wary of getting hurt and kept them from expressing their true feelings for each other. However, as the story progresses, we see them open up to each other and learn to trust and love one another more deeply.


The book is a fantastic read for young adults, but it also has universal appeal, as it delves into themes of friendship, love, and personal growth that are relevant to readers of all ages. Whether you lived through the eighties or not, you are sure to be captivated by this heartwarming story.

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