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Monday, March 7, 2011

I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson

I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Genre: Recent Historical
Length: Full Length (331 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 books
Review by Tiger Lily

Wales, 1974. Petra and Sharon, two thirteen-year-old girls, are obsessed with David Cassidy. His fan magazine is their Bible, and some days his letters are the only things that keep them going as they struggle through the humiliating daily rituals of adolescence—confronting their bewildering new bodies, fighting with mothers who don’t understand them at all. Together they tackle the Ultimate David Cassidy Quiz, a contest whose winners will be flown to America to meet Cassidy in person.

London, 1998. Petra is pushing forty, on the brink of divorce, and fighting with her own thirteen-year-old daughter when she discovers a dusty letter in her mother’s closet declaring her the winner of the contest she and Sharon had labored over with such hope and determination. More than twenty years later, twenty pounds heavier, bruised by grief and the disappointments of middle age, Petra reunites with Sharon for an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to meet their teen idol at last, and finds her life utterly transformed.

Would you take the chance to go back and have the one thing you wanted and never knew you got?

Thus is the premise of I Think I Love You. I wasn’t totally sure what I’d selected to read, even when I got a hold of the blurb. I mean, David Cassidy was popular long before I was born. I’d heard of him, but he isn’t my idea of an idol. But that’s what’s great about this book. So what if I didn’t grow up loving David Cassidy. I had the New Kids on the Block for my generation. Ms. Pearson’s story is so fluid, so intriguing, I can super-impose the persons I know in place of David and it works. That’s the beauty of the book. It works. The characters are interesting and flawed. I could relate to them immediately. I read this book in nearly one sitting, it’s that fascinating.

This book is told in two halves. One half is told via the Petra and Bill of 1974. Feathery hair, wide bottom pants, and the golden tones of Donny Osmond, The Bay City Rollers and yes, David Cassidy floating through the air. I wasn’t there, but as seen through the eyes of Petra and Bill, I could be. I laughed at times and found myself rueful at others. I could relate to Petra’s circle of friends. The girls are a tad stereotypical, but really, in school, there are always stereotypical people. But I liked being there. It was a trip down memory lane complete with the sadness and frustration of trying to deal with people who felt better than you. Then there’s the 1998 versions of Petra and Bill. Both are wiser and have been kicked around by life. It was both interesting and sad to see what had become of them. I won’t go into much more detail, but the journey they take is totally worth the read.

If you want characters that will stick with you long after the book closes, then you need to read this book. It’s a fun trip down memory lane and lots of fun. I give I Think I Love You 4 books.