I Think I Love You

I Think I Love You

Book - 2011
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The new novel from the best-selling author of I Don't Know How She Does It takes us on an unforgettable journey into first love, and--with the emotional intensity and penetrating wit that have made her beloved among readers all over the world--reminds us of how the ardor of our youth can ignite our adult lives.

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.

Funny, moving, full of beautiful observations about the awakenings of both youth and middle age, Allison Pearson's long-awaited new novel will speak across generations to mothers and daughters and women of all ages.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011, c2010
Edition: 1st American ed. --
ISBN: 9781400042357
Branch Call Number: FIC Pears 3567
Characteristics: 331 p


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I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson is a charming and sweet novel about a young Welsh girl in the 1970s who enters a contest to meet her idol, David Cassidy. Almost twenty five years later, after her mother’s death, she’s cleaning out her mother’s closet and finds a letter notifying her she won the contest. She’s going through a divorce, isn’t getting along with her daughter and, feeling she needs to make changes in her life, she decides to claim her reward. She reunites with Sharon, her best friend from her teens, and they fly to America to claim the prize. Narrated by Sian Thomas with an enjoyable Welsh accent. I found this book heartwarming and memorable. (Submitted by Meril).

Nov 28, 2017

This book fairly accurately captures the early 1970's and what it was like to be a young teenage girl. The longing, the hopeless heartache and the living for the concerts. Excellent.

readmachine Feb 05, 2012

I loved this smart and cleverly written story about two Welsh teenagers who idolize David Cassidy and the man who writes the drivel in a David Cassidy fan magazine. The story follows the characters into middle age and shows what that first love--an idealistic love from afar--can mean in later life. There is nothing quite like the emotion of that first crush. There are some serious moments in the book, but mostly it's a lot of fun, especially the description of the scene in the gynecologist's office. It's a warm, endearing story with memorable characters.

Apr 07, 2011

A story based a thirty something woman whose mother just passed away and finds an envelope with her winning a contest. Why did her mother hide it from her for almost 25 years?? Petra reflects on growing up in Wales in 1970s where David Cassidy had their hearts, but also fitting in and all that teenage angst. As the story continues you get to know Petra and her family, as well as, her friends. Petra tests her friendship with Sharon and yet makes some discoveries about herself. Good read.

ehbooklover Mar 27, 2011

A book about coming of age: both as a teenager and in mid-life. A funny and poignant story with very relatable characters.

Cdnbookworm Feb 13, 2011

Totally loved this feel-good novel that took me back to my own childhood crushes. I could hardly put it down.
In 1973-74 two young girls in Wales, Petra and Sharon, are part of a group of girls completely obsessed with David Cassidy. They collect posters, pictures, facts, and share them obsessively. Petra does most of this at Sharon's house as Petra's mother definitely thinks this music and behaviour are common and not to be exhibited by Petra. She has Petra practicing the cello, aiming for a classical career. So Petra lives two lives, the ladylike one her mother expects and the secret life of teenage passion with Sharon. This goes on until the two girls attend a David Cassidy concert, one of his last, and Petra is outed to her mother. Flash forward 24 years, and Petra discovers something that triggers a memory of that younger self. With a marriage on the rocks, and uncertain of her own desirability, she jumps at the chance to finally meet David Cassidy. But will he be a disappointment to her fantasy?
We also follow Bill, who in the 70s was a young journalist working for the Essential David Cassidy Magazine, where he makes a living writing letters to fans from David and making up articles and other bits and pieces to fill the pages. 24 years later, he is still working in the magazine world and he too finds himself drawn to meeting David with Petra and Sharon.

debwalker Feb 01, 2011

I Think I Love You by Allison Peason follows two Welsh teenagers obsessed with David Cassidy.

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