- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Knopf; First American Edition edition (February 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400042356
- ISBN-13: 978-1400042357
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,829,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. Pearson (I Don't Know How She Does It) dips into Nick Hornby country in her slick latest. In 1974 Wales, 13-year-old Petra is in love with David Cassidy, an obsession she shares with her best friend, Sharon. When they hear that Cassidy is playing a concert in London, the girls sneak away to see him, bringing Petra into brief contact with Bill, who writes for The Essential David Cassidy Magazine. Nearly 25 years later, Petra is separated and seeing how she had sacrificed her ambitions for her husband's when, after her mother's funeral, she discovers a letter her mother had intercepted years before. The letter was informing Petra she had won the Ultimate David Cassidy Quiz, and her prize was a trip to meet the star in California. A magazine picks up the story of Petra's missed opportunity, and suddenly Petra and Sharon, along with Bill, who now works for this magazine, are headed to Las Vegas for a belated meeting. Petra has a piercing wit and a boundless charm, but it's Pearson's insights into friendship, celebrity worship from the inside out, and the knocks you take in life that create a winning novel of hope, lost and found. (Feb.) (c)
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During the 1970s, Welsh teenager Petra and her best friend, Sharon, are wild for pop singer David Cassidy, along with millions of other fans the world over. They spend huge chunks of their leisure time perusing The Essential David Cassidy Magazine for clues to David’s likes and dislikes, unaware that most of the material is being created out of whole cloth by ne’er-do-well English major William Finn, whose take on the cherubic singer is a good deal more acerbic than theirs. The novel’s second half finds the characters 25 years later as Petra is grieving the death of her mother and the end of her marriage, while Bill is now running an empire of celebrity magazines though still unlucky in love. A lost letter brings them together for a David Cassidy reunion concert, which proves to be a turning point in both of their lives. Pearson is at her best in capturing the way teenage girls use their romantic obsessions with celebrities to work out their fears about real relationships with the opposite sex. An afterword includes Pearson’s delightful 2004 interview with a 54-year-old Cassidy. --Joanne Wilkinson
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The time is the early 1970s. Petra is growing up in south Wales and is totally in love with teen heartthrob David Cassidy. She collects information about him, avidly reads fan mags and dreams of one day meeting him.
Little does she know that the personal letter to fans is not written by David but by a young wannabe journalist sitting behind a desk in a sleazy office in London.
Petra wants to be in the in-crowd in high school but she can't quite get into the inner circle. She courts the favors of the queen bee -- while fending off the emotional assaults of her bitter mother.
It's all put together very successfully and ends in a satisfying denouement. I don't think this is great literature but it is great entertainment and it carries a ring of truth.
If you were a teen idol fan in those innocent days of the late 60's and early 70's, I recommend this highly. Teen idol fans of any era will find points to identify with, but there's something about that pre-Internet era, when a long distance phone call was still a big event, that has its own special atmosphere.
Allison Pearson, thanks for a lovely few hours of reliving some special days in my life. Job well done!
(And P.S. - My dad was kind enough to drive me to the airport to see David Cassidy arrive in town for a concert back in the day. Thanks to some fumbling around on my part, looking for a good vantage point, I ended up standing right in front of *him* as he came through the arrival gate. And was promptly struck completely mute. Ah, the good old days...)
The book has two storylines: one following a Welsh girl named Petra beginning when she was 13 and the other following a young man named Bill starting after college graduation. Both stories intertwine at points and follow how the character's life is affected by the 70's teen heartthrob David Cassidy. I think the author does a wonderful job accurately portraying the woes of being a female teenager. The only complaint I could see people having is that the ending may be a little too perfectly happy...but I rather enjoyed it all the same. A fun little read!
It was a wonderful read, and the author brought it nicely from back then to now. I loved the story, loved the ending, and think anyone from the 70's would enjoy the book. Now I'm going to revisit some old times by looking at youtube videos of David Cassidy. What a nice guy.