Pamela Moore was apparently 18 years old when she wrote this interesting novel about a privileged teenager in late '50s Hollywood and New York. It's intriguing because the author was doubtless close enough in age to her heroine, 15-year-old Courtney Farrell, to put some of her own emotions and responses to life's pitfalls into the character. The story begins with the final days of Courtney's stay at a venerable, traditional boarding school, and concludes in the posh environment of "high society" deb parties in the Park Avenue section of New York City. Courtney loses her virginity to a bisexual actor in Tinseltown, moves with her actress mother to New York, and embarks on a round of partying with debutantes and Yalies and her best friend, Janet Parker, who has already "lost her reputation" (as they used to say) to booze and boyfriends. During their summer of evening gowns, long white gloves, martinis, and cigarettes, Courtney becomes involved with a rich, handsome young "degenerate" who lives in a suite in the Pierre (or is it the Plaza?). In the end, however, it appears that she will find a more "acceptable" romance with a disciplined, career-minded young Ivy Leaguer who is regarded as too "straight arrow" by the party crowd.