Naughty Blonde by Florence Stonebraker. Detective Ho use (1951), 129 pp.
Seventeen-year-old Anne Webster hates men. She loathes “uncle” Sherman Oliver, who raped her when she was fifteen and now lives with her and her dubiously paralyzed mother, Connie. She also can’t stand the other guys she knows, all of whom keep trying to put the make on her. The group includes youthful realtor Frank Mablick, who wants to marry her, and town doctor Kenny Davis, who needs to divert his attention from a short-term affair. His lover is Anne’s aunt, Muriel Gregory, who has arrived from Hollywood after a plea for help from her niece. What should Muriel do?
Stonebraker seems see Anne’s main problem as her aversion to men. She needs to warm up to them somehow. Today’s readers may find this view strange. By modern standards Anne’s need for a smoothly functioning sex life (at age seventeen) would rank well behind her need to leave her home environment, receive some serious therapy, finish high school and make plans for the rest of her life. Muriel has the money to finance such an agenda but never considers any of these ideas. Stonebraker has thus left herself no choice but push the story toward a more traditional romantic ending, however implausible it may be.