Review of ‘Trapped In An 80s Teen Movie’ by Michelle Duffy

This fun, heart-warming read will make you want to re-watch films such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science and Pretty in Pink.

Book cover of Trapped in an 80s Teen Movie by Michelle Duffy, showing a smoking Betamax player against a colourful stripy background.

The story follows two friends, Julie and Rosanna. One has an uncaring husband, the other is a single parent of a surly teen. When they dig out some of their favourite nostalgic movies and watch them on a kind of time-travelling Betamax player, Julie and Rosanna are transported into an 80s teen movie and become the characters. They have to survive for a week, until prom night when they know they can get home… but do they actually want to go home?

I liked how the book explored the conventions of 80s teen movies, while mirroring these stories. It was humorous but also wise. I would recommend it to anyone who wants an entertaining, short read and enjoys the films which inspired the book.

Independently published in 2014.

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