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I Think I Love You: A Novel Paperback – September 6, 2011
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Though I, personally, never got the whole heartthrob thing--sorry, Kirk Cameron, I only put up the poster to fit in--Allison Pearson embodies all the angst and excitement of that very unique time in any girl's life.
Caught up in the 1970s David Cassidy craze, and centering around his infamous White City concert (OK, I wasn't born yet, but I've seen the "Behind the Music"), it's the story of a British group of girls from Wales, but it could be a tale of any pre-teen peer group, fraught with intrigue and more social maneuvering and potential protocol land mines than a U.N. security meeting. The rampant desire to fit in and be noticed, but not to stand out (heaven forbid). The longing for boys, but the complete and utter fear of actually speaking to a live one. ... It's a pitch perfect portrait of female dynamics and coming of age.
And, in part two, Pearson explores another era of transition, middle age, complicated by love, loss, divorce and motherhood. All of which is a perfect counterpoint to the now quaint-seeming, but at the time life-altering, drama of the teen years. And how you never quite get over your first real crush. There's also a sweet David Cassidy-related romance brewing (set up in part one, it comes to fruition in adult Petra's story).
Allison Pearson nails with unerring veracity all the emotions of both a 13-year-old and 30-something woman and, as a fan herself, has her Cassidy lore down cold. (Pearson even includes a transcript of her 2005 interview with the real Cassidy, which inspired the novel, at the end of book.)
Inside of every woman, that 13-year-old girl still exists. And this way-past-pubescent mom loved every minute of "I Think I Love You."
While any woman who had a crush on David Cassidy will relate to and love "I think I Love You" anyone who has ever been in love, whether with a Hollywood star or someone not famous, will enjoy the book. Author Allison Pearson divides the novel into two parts - Petra as a young girl and Petra as an adult still trying to find herself. Pearson does an excellent job with Petra's character in both sections, skillfully writing from the perspectives of both a young and older Petra. As a huge David Cassidy fan when I was a child, I loved reliving the memories of a time when I worshipped him. Pearson does a good job of weaving in actual facts about Cassidy's career with the fictional events in Petra's life. I couldn't help but wince at times as Petra navigated the tricky minefield of adolescent female relationships (there was probably a Gillian in everyone's life) and dealt with her less than loving mother. Along with Petra's story there is the story of Bill Finn, who early in his career worked for the "Essential David Cassidy Magazine".Read more ›
I was charmed by "I Think I Love You" and I enjoyed it overall. Pearson totally captures Petra's insane teenage fetish for David Cassidy, as well as the dynamics of her friendships and rivalries very well. I also enjoyed reading about 1974 Bill as the true author of personal letters to fans in "The Essential David Cassidy Magazine." Her characters are definitely the strongest point of the book.
The first half of the book is quite long, and reads like a young adult novel in many ways. Will adult readers be so engaged that they'll really appreciate this alternately nostalgic and realistic look back? The second half of the book set in in 1998 follows the adult Petra and (older) Bill. It found the second half slightly underwritten. There is a makeover scene where the results are not even described, and the actual final meeting with David Cassidy was disappointing--the transcript of Pearson's actual interview with Cassidy was much more interesting.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is quite an interesting novel about teenagers who idolize a super star and can’t let go. Moving on from the age of 13 to their mid-thirties, two past friends renew their... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dolphin Totem
dull . I like allison pearsons earlier book a lot; this one may as well be by a different author. as a short story the plot might be adequate, but as a book its just a lot of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by m.beremzweig
Not a very good read. I stuck with it because I always like to give a book a chance. Lots of wasted reading for not much of a plot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dmac
This turned out to be very different than I expected. Be sure to read the transcript of the author's interview with the actual David Cassidy included after the novel. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Heidi W.
This book was funny and touching, and reminded me of my own fangirl days. There are some uneven sections, but overall a fun, sweet trip down memory lane.Published 8 months ago by Leslie Noyes
Maybe it's because I could relate so well (although it was Bobby Sherman more than David Cassidy for me), maybe it's because this was the very first book I downloaded on my new... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
It had a slow start, but was a good book. I would recommend it.Published 11 months ago by Lynn Keller
Story had potential but the book lacked substance as far as the storyline and love connection Did have some good descriptions.Published 16 months ago by Kristin Dow, Novelist:LIBERTY & MEANS, UNBRIDLED HOLIDAY
I really wanted to LOVE this book since I am about the age of the characters in the story, but I am baffled as to why the author had to add sexually explicit scenes to this cute,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by K. Robertson