REDS by Jack W. Thomas Paperback, 208 pages Published November 1976 by Bantam Books
Reds is about two girls who run away from home. They come from a nice middle class life, but one of them, Dorcie, has problem with her mother’s boyfriend. It is not like one thinks of a “real problem” with the mother’s boyfriend. Anyone who came from a real broken home will find it ridiculous that they want to run away because the materialism around them is just “a drag.” He did not molest her. The author is making a statement that the hippy values are not meaningful. The character Dorcie is shown early in the novel to be a sociopath. The other girl Polly goes along with Dorcie because she likes her, although there is no clear motive for Polly’s blind allegiances to Dorcie. Especially after Dorcie’s Evil Plan is revealed to the reader. They meet a good natured boy named Cole. He gives them a ride to Santa Barbara. It is the sort of book one thinks parents would give to their children to convince them not to run away to San Francisco and try to join the hippy scene. My husband who was there says that by 1968 it has already degenerated. The summer of 1967 was the only time in which it may have been pleasant. I think the book could have been first published around 1970, but I am not sure. But, this is definitely a 70’s book, even thought it was about the 60’s and the book does not say what year it takes place, but I assume it could be anywhere from 1968 to 1975. I have one of the only rare and hard to find copies of this 70’s book. I read a note it was published November 1976 by Bantam Books, but this may have been one of but this may have been one of the second printings. This book was really popular in back in the 70’s. I know it had a few printings. I do not want to give the ending, but the ending is just awful. So, you want to know the ending, email me or otherwise contact me. I will tell you.
I don’t own this image, but I like the artwork and I thought to post the artwork, it could jog your memory. The artwork cover is also on Amazon.