Boy Crazy

The Secret Life of a 1950s Girl

by Angela Weiss



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/29/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 316
ISBN : 9781491761571
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 316
ISBN : 9781491761090
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 316
ISBN : 9781491761588

About the Book


“Angela‛s home life forces her to grow up too fast. A popular school leader and “closet nerd,” Angela responds by enshrining carefree fun as a virtue when it comes to the opposite sex.”

Bart Aikens, filmmaker, The Vampire’s Dance


  • How does a good girl coming of age in 1950s Albany, New York, play the field when boys control the dating game?
  • The boys who like Angela aren’t always the ones she pines for in her diary. 
  • Angela is dismayed that boys look down on the girls they have pushed to go all the way. 
  • She wants to avoid a fast reputation but yearns for no-strings-attached flirtations and slow dances with as many cute guys as she can juggle. 
  • Angela confides in and treasures her emancipated, artistic mentor.  Sparks fly when her parents bar Angela from acting on her dating preferences.  
  • The events of one summer night forever color Angela’s family relationships but cannot diminish her boy-crazy ways.

The secret thrills in Angela’s Boy Crazy diary harken back to the days when Elvis was young and cell phones, computers, and the sexual revolution had yet to change American life.


“Reading Boy Crazy is like being a GoPro action camera in the life of a girl, getting to see through her eyes as she grows from child to young woman in a life filled with boys, men, happy times and tragedies, dances and historical events…this is life in the raw…Boy Crazy provides a refreshingly unique journey…Angela is aware and involved…I loved this book and the vicarious living it provided.”

Sherre Lovick, novelist, aerospace engineer, pilot, musician, dancer


“C’mon, let’s admit it. We’d look, if we could, at that diary of a lover, friend, or family member. We would. We want to know the secrets. We don’t look, of course, out of courtesy and politeness. But what if someone courageously offered us a look into her diary, into her life, her mind, her heart? I found the look Angela offered fascinating, entertaining, and moving. Now it’s your turn. Go ahead, take a look. You know you want to.”

Will Jarvis, author, artist, public speaker, activist

About the Author

Angela Weiss was a staff writer/graphic artist of in-house books, instructional manuals, research study reports, web pages, and promotional materials.  She has ghostwritten biographies and edited books and articles.  Boy Crazy is based on her childhood diaries.  Still boy crazy, Angela appreciates life in Los Angeles, where she enjoys intellectual, cultural, outdoor, and athletic pursuits, especially dancing.