Fascinating read. As a kid, I found the Hardy Boys more interesting, and couldn't stand Nancy Drew--perhaps because my first of her books was on of the Nancy Drew Notebooks, which, according to this book, were written to make her more 'girly-girly': boy and makeup obsessed. But because I knew the two series were connected, I was willing to give the history a chance, and they did bring up a bit about the Hardy Boys and Edward Stratemeyer (who frankly seemed more interesting than the pages devoted to his story). Several chapters focused on women's history, which seemed tedious, but only because I am fairly familiar with the subject. I didn't always agree with Rehak--she has some clear bias--but she presented a clear and thorough history of Nancy Drew and how she's effected our culture throughout the years.