Publishers Weekly #1 Best Seller for 1916.
Tarkington was a widely read and prolific multiple Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and dramatist.
Here Tarkington satirizes first love.
"Every man and woman over fifty ought to read Seventeen. It is not only a skillful analysis of adolescent love, it is, with all its side-splitting mirth, a tragedy. No mature person who reads this novel will ever seriously regret his lost youth or wish he were young again...." -- William Lyon Phelps, The Advance of the English Novel