Petra and Sharon, two thirteen-year-old girls, are both desperately in love with a world-famous pop star. Together they pore over his photos, read his. Author Allison Pearson was one of the young girls who claimed Cassidy as her first love—a time in her Book Club pick, I Think I Love You. LHJ's Lauren Piro. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Pearson (I Don't Know How She Does It) dips into Nick Hornby country in her slick latest. In
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I Think I Love You: A Novel [Allison Pearson] on aracer.mobi *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Petra and Sharon, two thirteen-year-old girls, are both. Pearson (Alfred. A. Knopf,. $). When British writer Allison Pear- son was working on her latest novel, I Think I Love You, she plastered the. I Think I Love You,” by Allison Pearson, channels an insecure year-old with a crush on David Cassidy.
Pearson writes with instinctive comedy: against the clock, with pressured panache. Her writing is fun whether she is serious, trifling or merely describing the trifle constructed by an ambitious mother as 'the size of an inverted Albert Hall'.
At no point is this a dreary whinge from the kitchen Pearson's jokes have a manic, hyperbolic quality, laughter that might at any moment tip over into tears. And she is a dab or dabbing hand at sentimentality. I found it strangely restful to read about frantic Kate, consoled by what I recognised and what I didn't. Pearson is unflinchingly accurate about relationships between mothers and nannies - controlled jealousy, suppressed criticism, qualified gratitude.
She observes finely, too, the way working mothers are needily over-attentive to their children, compared to comfortably off-hand, permanent mothers, but mercilessly sends up 'Mother Superiors', whose children are their careers. I am in sympathy with most of this. But I have never once baked - let alone faked - cakes in the small hours to impress any school.
Kate, as the novel opens, is to be found inflicting GBH on Sainsbury's mince pies in the hope of giving them a dented, homemade look.
In an afterword, Pearson thanks her husband, Anthony Lane, for adding commas and semi-colons but the parentheses, I swear, are all her own work. Read Pearson for these anything-but-throwaway asides: 'Mysteriously, childcare, though paid for by both parents, is always deemed to be the female's responsibility.
It is as though home had become some kind of stage-set for a play in which we one day hope to star. They are encountered, mostly at night, waking up to reclaim their mother. A few favorite passages: Page Can I arrange to have one of them taken away? To stand in the hall and to realize that neither of her parents will ever answer the phone again. Nor will she need to ever dial their number. Death itself is too big to take in, she already sees that; the loss comes at you in an infinite number of small installments that can never be paid off.
Trust girls to get into a contest to make themselves disappear.
Few will have been spared. Count yourself lucky if you get to your mid-thirties without knowing death, divorce, or other species of grief. Likely to be most interesting to women who remember or can reconnect with their early teen years or for those parenting girls in this phase of life. Feb 20, Virginia rated it liked it.
I give this 3. In brief, readers follow year-old Petra obsessed with David Cassidy and suffering through the angst of challenging friendships and year-old Petra, whose husband has left her for a younger woman. We also follow year-old Bill a frustrated former literature student, now ghost writing David Cassidy letters for a magazine devoted to the teen idol and Bill in his late 40s I give this 3.
We also follow year-old Bill a frustrated former literature student, now ghost writing David Cassidy letters for a magazine devoted to the teen idol and Bill in his late 40s.
I liked Petra a good deal, and thought Pearson was painfully accurate in depicting Petra's adolescent hardships. Who doesn't know a Gillian? I also appreciated how Pearson slowly divulged the story of Petra's relationship with her parents, and they with one another.
I wasn't exactly dying over Bill, at 24 or His character was not as well drawn, and I thought year-old Bill's ongoing lie about his career defied credibility his girlfriend never once asked to read anything he wrote?? He seemed to grow up nicely, to the extent we got to know him, and I was rooting for him. This isn't going to win any literary awards, though Pearson writes quite nicely and I plowed through the book over a couple of vacation days in Florida.
I recommend it. Virginia www. Jun 22, Sara rated it really liked it. What I liked most about this book was Pearson's strong writing style that easily evoked a lot of emotions and memories within my own self. My own obsessions with musical stars when I was , the "safety" of loving them because they can never love you back, and so on. Pearson easily slipped into that voice of an uncertain teenager who wants so desperately to belong, whether its in the arms of David Cassidy or in a group of four other girls.
Running like a thread alongside this story is one abo What I liked most about this book was Pearson's strong writing style that easily evoked a lot of emotions and memories within my own self.
Running like a thread alongside this story is one about the man "engineering" the stuff that Petra's dreams are made of - Bill, the writer for the David Cassidy fan magazine, who concocts stories and letters from Cassidy for fan fodder. While I found myself enjoying Petra's story more of course, Bill's gradually became a complementary, more 'adult' one - both I could relate to, having been in Petra's shoes but now being Bill's age.
The story fast forwards into the s where Petra is a divorced mother of a teen herself and discovers something that her own mother, with whom she had a rocky relationship, hid from her. She won a contest to see Cassidy himself in Los Angeles back in the 70s. Could she still redeem her prize? She reconnects with a friend and they jet off to Las Vegas on an all expenses paid trip. The second half of the story did lag, as some other readers have noted, but not horribly.
It was interesting, but also sad in my opinion, to discover what had happened to the teen Petra. There was a line about how there was another Petra out there, one who had found out she had won the Cassidy competition, and had gone and met him back in the 70s. It made me think about the many paths our lives can take depending on our relationships with those around us, and how it is important to be careful and conscientious about those whom we sacrifice our time and selves to.
May 30, Christine rated it liked it Shelves: The book also includes some dark realities with regards to peer pressure, needing to fit in, real boys vs. The crescendo comes when the girls sneak away from their homes to attend the famous concert at White Castle.
Despite the fact that it is 30 years later and the magazine sponsoring the contest is now defunct … Petra wants her prize. She does get her prize … in a very unexpected fashion. Allison Pearson admits to being the same, so this book is written with a tender take on all that teen angst.
I loved this book, if only for the memories it evoked. Do we ever truly outgrow our teenage crushes? My one complaint … the book should have come with a soundtrack. Although David Cassidy was before my time, I do remember having major teen star crushes most of the guys from Beverly Hills and NKOTB as well as running to my nearest supermarket in desperate need for the latest edition of Tiger Beat. So obviously when I read the synopsis for this book I knew I would be able to relate to it in some way.
It's , Petra and Sharon, two 13 year old Welsh girls, are head over heels in love with none other than David Cassidy. Pearson captures these girl Although David Cassidy was before my time, I do remember having major teen star crushes most of the guys from Beverly Hills and NKOTB as well as running to my nearest supermarket in desperate need for the latest edition of Tiger Beat.
Pearson captures these girls so perfectly. The craziness of crushing over a teen idol, the make-up, the best friends forever, the magazines Fast forward 25 years, and now at 38, recently divorced and grieving for the loss of her mother, Petra discovers an old letter revealing that she had won a trip to meet her old heartthrob, David Cassidy.
What is a girl to do? Claim her prize of course! Who cares if its decades later. This is the epitome of a feel-good story. It will have you smiling, laughing out loud and even shedding a nostalgic tear or two.
It highly revolves on love - first love, the love of parent and child, the love of a husband and wife, the love of friends and even the love of a fan for a teen idol. I found the beginning a bit slow, but I recommend you persevere. You will find this to be a sweet, charming and joyful story - it'll have you giggling like a school girl and basking in its glow. Jun 02, Susan rated it liked it Shelves: This book earns as many as three stars only because its first half was so well done. The second half was, frankly, a mess.
Pearson's writing provided a perfect example of how the failure to "show, don't tell" can torpedo what otherwise could have been a charming story. The dialog was sloppy, unconvincing, and most damning, flat.
I noticed at least one anachronism. In we Yanks were not yet world-renowned for being lawsuit-happy. Our lawsuit-mad culture developed later than that--the McDonald This book earns as many as three stars only because its first half was so well done. Our lawsuit-mad culture developed later than that--the McDonald's coffee scalding case happened in the early 90's, to cite the most notorious example.
There were a couple of other examples but I don't remember the details off the top of my head. I would have thought that a woman who wrote for The Daily Telegraph might have been more diligent in doing her homework, but she must have been too busy reminiscing about her own infatuation with David Cassidy.
All in all, a disappointment, though the premise of the story was intriguing. And since I abhor spoilers, I'll let anyone interested in the premise to read it elsewhere.
View all 8 comments. May 17, -r- rated it did not like it Shelves: Oh dear Lord this was terrible. Jan 11, Ciara rated it it was ok Shelves: Dec 04, Dewi rated it really liked it Shelves: Ketemu buku bagus lagi di iJakarta. Saya pikir ini buku untuk remaja atau buku chicklit. Allison Pearson membawa topik-topik menarik dalam dua bagian cerita: Ada kepingan tentang musik dan menjadi fans fanatik. Pearson menggambarkan musik dengan indah, terlebih ketika dia mengajak pembaca menginterpretasikan satu frasa sya Ketemu buku bagus lagi di iJakarta.
Pearson menggambarkan musik dengan indah, terlebih ketika dia mengajak pembaca menginterpretasikan satu frasa syair menjadi 4 pemaknaan yang berbeda. Awal cerita terasa lambat, ada sudut pandang Petra dan Bill secara terpisah. Kutipan favorit: Kami mencintai gagasan tentang cinta.
Kami hanya sedang mencobanya untuk mencari ukuran yang tepat. Hanya untuk mengaguminya. Terlalu banyak energi wanita tercurah pada usaha menjadi semakin kecil, bukannya semakin besar dan berani. Dec 04, Linda Wilson rated it really liked it. Like many women of a certain age, I found myself with tears streaming down my face when I heard of the death of David Cassidy recently.
Allison Pearson was interviewed on the radio that morning, and the things she said about David resonated with me, so I decided to read this book.
It is the story of 2 young girls and their crush on the teen idol, but I found it to be so much more. The author managed to convey all that young girl angst about friendship groups, family, and trying to find where you Like many women of a certain age, I found myself with tears streaming down my face when I heard of the death of David Cassidy recently.
The author managed to convey all that young girl angst about friendship groups, family, and trying to find where you fit in to the adult world. In the story the 2 girls eventually meet David when they are adults. I liked the transcript of the interview that Allison did with David in - that was a great way to end the book. Really recommend this, even if you preferred Donny Osmond!!
Sep 07, Ema rated it it was ok. Strange adolescent fangirling that isn't particularly interesting. The other side of the coin is really interesting, but I'm already concerned and uncomfortable about the age gap. Apr 19, Cherie Kephart rated it liked it. The story fell flat at times; however, it still made me giggle and kept me interested enough in the characters to keep me reading.
Although this may not have been her best work, Pearson is a beautiful writer and will assuredly craft more engaging stories for her adoring fans to devour. This book did not start out well for me. If I hadn't been reading it for book club, I would not have continued past the first third or so. The first half of the book takes place when Petra and her friends are young teens, obsessed with David Cassidy, and having the sort of problems that girls in books and real life often seem to have-- Bullying, friendship issues, parental problems Since the David Cassidy connection didn't speak to me, it just felt like a book I'd read before, with character This book did not start out well for me.
Since the David Cassidy connection didn't speak to me, it just felt like a book I'd read before, with characters that I didn't particularly want to spend time with. I think this is a book where listening to the audio really got in the way for me. First, the narrators voice was not that of a young teen the Petra sections were first person , which isn't a showstopper, but it didn't help, either.
Second, the book moves between Petra's story and that of Bill a young journalist writing for the David Cassidy magazine that Petra and her friends pour over , and excerpts from the David Cassidy magazine.
Looking at the printed book, I think this would have broken up the experience more-- I would have felt the "Bill" sections gave me more of a break if I hadn't still been hearing Petra's voice. The magazine excerpts had a completely different look, which also would have served as a chance to take a breath, away from Petra and her friends.
I don't think I would have loved this first part in print, but I also don't think I would have been longing to stop reading. Luckily, the second half worked much better for me.
I found it a pleasant enough read, and the narrator's voice fit the adult Petra much better although since it is no longer first person, it isn't such an issue. I enjoyed Petra's escape from her life as she gets a chance to meet her childhood crush, reconnects with her childhood friend, and gets a chance to move on from her more recent hurts in her life.
Bill was actually my favorite character in both halves of the book, but even he isn't particularly memorable. I'm glad it improved for me, but it still won't be one of my favorite books of the year. I think it's too bad that this book is probably going to get overlooked by a lot of people just because the cover is just so gosh-darned pink -- it looks like a tosser, easily dismissible as frothy, feel-good chick-lit, more fluff than depth, more cheese than I know I was on the verge of dismissing it for all these reasons and more; I mean, c'mon!?!
David Cassidy? Really people? But thanks to a contagious review here on goodreads, I took a chance and am I glad that I ever did. I I think it's too bad that this book is probably going to get overlooked by a lot of people just because the cover is just so gosh-darned pink -- it looks like a tosser, easily dismissible as frothy, feel-good chick-lit, more fluff than depth, more cheese than I don't just think I love this book, I know it with complete and utter certainty.
Because it is filled with bittersweet insights on life and love and laced with a quick and sassy humor that had me laughing out loud. This book has heart -- a real, beating, bloody, muscle that pumps and lives and breathes in the pages.
So okay, there's that David Cassidy thing, but really, he's just the point of entry to a book that explores so well, with such empathy and truth, the bumpy and perilous terrain of our first crushes and those critical bonds of first real friendships that will define the women we become. And speaking of those first crushes? Remember those? How much we threw every single piece of ourselves into them, right down to our protons and neutrons? I'm thinking a magic part of that intoxicating buzz never truly leaves us if we're lucky.
I remember seeing Eddie Vedder on stage when I was 19 and it was as close to a "religious" experience as I'll ever get.
Can I get a Hallelujah? I really did almost implode at the molecular level. I love books that can write about friendships among women, convincingly and with genuine feeling. Petra and Sharon are wonderful as adult friends, and as children they are charming and unforgettable. This book has a high nostalgia factor that resonates. It's a beautiful read and I loved every minute of it.
Highly recommended. In your mind, does he sort of symbolize or represent that star-making machinery that Joni Mitchell once wrote? I wanted it to be somewhat satirical. And Bill is there really to point up the irony of Petra's situation where she is infatuated with someone who has been made up. In fact, he is making him up. He is writing the David Cassidy letters.
And the kind of comedy arises because Bill really wants to be one of those kind of rock gunslinger journalists, the kind of Hunter S. Thompson kind of journalist and have ended up being a kind of a girly boy impersonator, as he describes himself.
And she calls the magazine and she says she wants the trip now. She's 38 years old. The magazine, it doesn't exist anymore - there's new magazines. However, Bill is now the head of this publishing company and he says, why not, and arranges for Petra and Sharon to get a makeover and to go to Las Vegas to meet their idol.
And, of course, her year-old daughter Molly says to her that's tragic that you even want to go to see someone you were in lust with so many years ago. What was behind Petra's decision to actually try and meet David Cassidy when she was 38 years old?
And Bill too, I think, has becalmed his midlife. He has a comfortable life, he's very lucky, he has a good job. But really he's also asking, you know, what became of the young man who could have loved? I am a passionate devotee of the Howard Hawks' screwball comedies of the s and the s, where I think that the relations between men and women were at their civilized height in terms of banter and exchange of wit and equality. I think that post-feminism we have to ask ourselves why so little representations on screen actually equal those great comedies when Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn were exchanging wonderful truths about men and women.
So, in Bill and Petra's relationship, that's what I had in mind. I thought let's bring together these two rather diminished individuals who nevertheless are passionate about music and let's just see what fun we can have when we put them together. What did he tell you?