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I Think I Love You: A Novel Paperback – September 6, 2011
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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.
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!
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...)
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.