We’re reading our way across America…one romance at a time.
Minnesota: The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer
Once perhaps best known to generations of young women as the frigid state from whence Brandon and Brenda Walsh migrated to warmer, 90210-ian climes, Minnesota—thirty-second state to join the Union—actually has much else to recommend it. There are its fabled Twin Cities: Minneapolis and St. Paul. Its valiant sporting teams: the Timberwolves, Vikings, Wild and Twins (not to mention the Mighty Ducks). And its colorful elected representatives: a pro wrestler as Governor and a comedian in Congress. Plus, being so far north, it’s a great home for vampires, or so suggest MaryJanice Davidson and Tate Hallaway, among others. People of renown hailing from the North Star State (apart from the aforementioned Davidson and Hallaway) include F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jessica Biel, Terry Gilliam, the Coen Brothers, Bob Dylan, Charles M. Schultz and Marshall from How I Met Your Mother. It is also home—for the more geekily inclined amongst you—to MST3K, and that is certainly worth a hell of a lot of Something.
But here we deal with a geek of an entirely different—or at least, mostly different—kind, in Louise Plummer’s truly excellent 1995 Young Adult novel, The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman.