- Creator Breakdown: Blume has said it wasn't until her son made the film adaptation that she realized she subconsciously wrote the book to help herself come to terms with the early death of her father, as her mother forbade discussion of the topic afterwards.
- Fashion Dissonance: The book is very clearly dated, and this is one of the indications. Davey explicitly mentions items which were fashionable in 1981. Also, for her birthday, her mother's boyfriend gives her a t-shirt imprinted with the phrase A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle. This was a popular expression at the time, but more than thirty years later, it's fallen by the wayside.
- Technology Marches On: The story hasn't aged well for this reason. The entire situation of Davey's father's death would likely be avoided with modern technology, since he died while waiting for the ambulance - which could have been summoned much faster with a cellular phone. One of Davey's classes at her New Mexico school is Typing, using actual typewriters, which no longer happens; she would more likely be taking a computer course today.
- What Could Have Been: According to The Other Wiki, the first draft of the novel included passages about Davey masturbating while thinking of the attractive, slightly older Wolf. Blume was persuaded to edit them out in order to make the book more accessible to younger readers. Throughout her often controversial career, this is the only time she's ever been persuaded to censor her own work.
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