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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Books (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849169993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849169998
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,491,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Megan Crane is a full-time writer and she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and various pets. She is also the author of English as a Second Language, Frenemies, Names My Sisters Call Me and Everyone Else's Girl.

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Boy, did this one bring back some memories!!
Cocktails and Books
A great love story over the course of eras, a very quirky fun romance read!
nilas
As an 80's girl, this was a fun trip back in time.
Lee Strickler

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cocktails and Books on October 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Boy, did this one bring back some memories!! Celebrating my 40th birthday in December, the 80's have been on my mind a lot...80's themed rocker b'day party, listening to the 80's station on XM, and being subjected to really bad 80's movies with their equally bad actors (thank you Marc Singer for parading around town and the mother ship with your shirt half buttoned). So when I started reading this book...I was in heaven.

We find Jenna Jenkins who, at 35, is working at a low end job at an all 80's tv show and still obsessed with anything Tommy Seer...lead singer for the 80's band Wild Child, who died tragically. While rummaging through the supply closet one night, she ends up getting transported back to the fall of 1987.

Reliving some of Jenna's 80's moments were hysterical (the receptionist with the Princess Diana pompador, the high waisted jeans). I know I remember all of those and was glad to know that my Wham dayglo gloves are long gone!

When Jenna steps out of the closet and into 1987, she suddenly finds herself involved with Wild Child at one of their best TV moments. From there, she's suddenly made Tommy's "assistant" and discovers he's not at all the man she had built him up to be in her mind. As a matter of fact he turns out to be quite the ass.

We find out why Tommy's the way he is. We see the relationship change between Jenna and Tommy and figure out what happened that tragic night when Tommy died back in the fall of 1987. But more importantly, we get to witness Jenna growing up and understanding why things went south when she was 20 years in the future. Who knew a trip back to our early teen years could do that???

Excellent story, awesome characters!
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By sparkle on August 7, 2014
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I love the 80s is written by Megan Crane. It is the story of Jenna and Tommy.
Jenna doesn't like the now, it sucks. She was dumped by her fiance and she doesn't have the drive to land a promotion at the 80s cable station where she works. She tries to stay sane by obsessing about a rock star and an era that ended 20 something years ago.
Lightning strikes and she is transformed back to the year 1987. She is made an assistant to Tommy Seer, the lead singer of The Wild Boys. She soon realizes the real Tommy Seer is different than the one she has been fantasizing about. Jenna knows that a tragic accident had claimed the life of Tommy. . Jenna has loved him since the 80s and falls under the spell of Tommy and his world. She soon loves him in a real way, not as a schoolgirl crush. Then she realizes his death was not an accident.
She wants so bad to find his killer, prevent his murder, and save him. How can she do that without everyone thinking that she is crazy?
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This was a bit of a slow start, but a must read if you loved the 80s! So many details in this story brought the 80s memories right back. It starts when Jenna gets dumped from her fiance mainly because of her obsession with 80s boy band front man Tommy Seer. Like everyone else in that era her whole life was centered around Tommy Seer posters, shoulder pads, music, boomboxes, and his band. Even his death!When unbelievably she suddenly is able to go back in time, but can she save him? How would such an event change her life?
A great love story over the course of eras, a very quirky fun romance read!
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The ultimate fantasy for anyone who grew up in the 80's and was in love with a member of a boy band. Filled with plenty of eighties pop culture references that will evoke memories for anyone who lived through the eighties and will elicit many laughs from everyone. I loved this book! It is such a fun, feel-good story. Megan Crane is a truly gifted storyteller.
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Megan Crane wrote a story that was well worth the price of the book. I loved the attention to detail. So many tragic fashion mistakes and the sheer number of things we take for granted were not invented during the 1980's.

But the story was a must read. Going back in time (my favorite style of book) to the 1980's to meet a Rock Super Star that you have been dreaming of since he burst into her world via MTV and CD's. She meets him but she does have one problem and that he has been dead for the past twenty or so years and someone appears to seriously want him dead luckily she goes back in time just over a month prior to his apparent death. It is certainly Chicklit but also Time Travel with some potential for a murder thrown in for good measure. Something for everyone. Try it and see I certainly enjoyed it.
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Format: Paperback
Megan Crane has done it again, with another great book! I loved "I (Heart) the 80s." You can help but start off feeling sorry for Jenna at the beginning of the book. I mean we've all had our teenage fantasies, but Jenna takes her a little far. The object of her affection is Tommy Seer, lead singer of The Wild Boys. He disappeared without a trace in 1987. And somehow, Jenna ends up in 1987 and meeting her idol and dream man.

This book has an unusual premise and Megan Crane does full justice to it. The book is witty and entertaining. The characters were complex and well developed and the story flowed really well. I liked Jenna. She rolled with the punches and was able to adapt and adjust to the changes around her. I completely agree with the fact that the reality behind our idols is not how we think and imagine it is. She did a great job making that point. And who doesn't like to read about rock stars and teenage idols?
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More About the Author

Megan Crane is a New Jersey native who had great plans to star on Broadway, preferably in Evita, just like Patti LuPone. Sadly, her inability to wow audiences with her singing voice required a back up plan. Accordingly, she graduated from Vassar College and got her MA and PhD in literature from the University of York in England. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on AIDS literature, mostly so she could wallow in her obsession with the remarkable multi-media artist David Wojnarowicz and her idol, the bitter and hilarious David Feinberg. After many years in the rain and subject to the whim of seasons, she followed the sun to Los Angeles, where she lives with a dog, a cat, two crazy kittens, and an artist named Jeff. She is still plotting her Broadway debut.

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