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Things I Wish I'd Known

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  255 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Remember when life revolved around what top to wear? Let Linda Green take you on a hilarious, romantic and touching journey back to your teenage years...

When Claire Cooper was 15 she’d swear on her Wham! album that: big hair and rah-rah skirts were here to stay; Spandau Ballet would never split up; she would marry her idol, heart-throb footballer Andy Pailes. Fast forward
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 4th 2010 by Headline Review (first published February 1st 2010)
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Apr 26, 2010 Leah rated it really liked it
Back when she was a teenager, Claire Cooper thought she had her life mapped out: she’d have a fantastic job as a corporate lawyer, she’d still be best friends with Frankie and, most importantly, she’d be married to Andy Pailes. But life never quite works out as you imagine it and finds herself stuck in a dead-end job with a failed marriage behind her and currently dating Mark, an ambulance-chasing lawyer. Claire’s life is turned upside down when she finds the Dream List she wrote aged 15 mapping ...more
Laura Simpson
Jul 01, 2012 Laura Simpson rated it really liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Brogan
Shelves: chick-lit
I first I was quite sceptical about the book, the obsessive football parts and I did get rather confused at first to the structure of the book with the parts flicking between Claire at different ages. But then again that might of been me not paying attention to the dates in the book :L
The book gets better as you get further into it, I really enjoyed the last hundred or so pages and it made me feel like I was not just reading any old chick flick.
However the whole part with Andy made me feel a bit
Rea Cobb
May 30, 2011 Rea Cobb rated it liked it
Linda Green's new book Things I wished I'd Known has recently been released in paperback. I brought my copy from Whsmiths and it was on offer for half price so decided to give it a try as I have not read one of her books before and I am finding I am continually trying out new authors.

Claire is the main character in this book. She is a likeable character who is in her late thirties and has found her life has been jolted somewhat when she comes across a list she had wrote back in her teens with h
Apr 26, 2016 PrettyFlamingo rated it it was amazing
The title of this book reflects the feelings of most of my friends and myself, and the whole story takes us back to a time when we thought we knew exactly what we wanted, and knew everything there was to know. If only we could fast forward and see what the future would be like. But reminiscing is much more fun, isn’t it? Well, it is for us, but I don’t think Claire thinks so.

Chick-lit isn’t quite the right description for this book, as it has so much more to it. I particularly liked that it was
Apr 24, 2015 Ava rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
This book is to all those fangirls/fanboys, who have had a crush on a footballer or a celebrity! That kind of crush where fantasy love is much more better than real life. This was a very interesting read, mostly because I myself am a big football fan and I could see myself in Claire's obsession with football and footballers. Her way of idolizing her favorite player Andy, was something I could relate to. I love stories, where we have the main characters revisit their past and this was no exceptio ...more
Jay Phillips
Apr 15, 2014 Jay Phillips rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Women/Teenagers
Recommended to Jay by: Free book
This book was abandoned on our staff room table with a sign "free books, please take one," so I didn't expect much! For the first half of the book, I was forcing myself to read, but by the end of the book it was a real page-turner. The story revolves around Claire, and twenty years later she discovers a dream list she wrote when she was 15 years old, and of course, her life hasn't exactly panned out well. For a start she's not married to footballer Andy Pailes!

The book has a dual voice, 15 year
Mar 05, 2011 Agi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This book strated very slowly to me. I have expected something different, too, don't know what exactly, perhaps that it's going to be a little lighter and funnier. But then it started to getting faster and faster and I just couldn't stop reading.
I must say, it was not too easy read, this book was full of drama. But Linda Green has everything under control, I have get used to the fact that after every chapter there was a second one set in the past, although at the beginning it was not so obvious
Sallyann Van leeuwen
3.5 stars. It's a bit more meaty than just a chick lit book. Whilst the basis of the story is of a girl who is obsessed with a football star, there are other sides to the story that sets it apart. Back in the 80s, teenage Clare loves Andy, an up and coming star of the soccer pitch. She dreams of him falling in love with her and living happily ever after. Fast forward to the present, and Mark, her current boyfriend is picking out houses for them to begin a life together. But he sees her reluctanc ...more
Sep 23, 2010 Anne rated it it was ok
I must say that this isn't a book I'd've picked up from choice, and some of you who read the stuff I usually read would probably hate it - but it actually wasn't at all bad. If you were a teenager in the 80s you'll find loads to identify with, particularly if you had an unrequited teenage passion for a star, and even more particularly if that star was a footballer. Things go a little haywire (and seedy) in the teenage story when fantasy becomes harsh reality, but the book's written in an enterta ...more
Aug 21, 2014 Dorothy rated it it was ok
It was probably unfortunate that I read this book so close to Tamar Cohen's book, because the structure is the same - a woman going through an emotional crisis due to some unresolved traumatic episode in her teens - and therefore this book felt like it was following a formula.

I got fed up with waiting to find out what the traumatic episode was. The adult life sections were deadly dull until she met up with Frankie again, when they picked up a bit. As for the flashbacks - perhaps if I was a bit y
Sep 03, 2010 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
I would probably give this one 3 1/2 stars. It picked up pace towards the end and was quite enjoyable. I might look out for others by the author. It flicks between the 15 year old Claire and the present day Claire who is a lawyer. At 15 she had a crush on a local football player. She also wrote a 'dream list' of what her life would be like when she was 20 years older. She finds the list and it makes her take stock of her current life and revisits points from her childhood.
Felicia Julin
May 21, 2011 Felicia Julin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those girls/ women who had/have a celebrity crush that they dream/t of marrying
Recommended to Felicia by: The descriptions at the back
Whoever reads this book, could totally relate, totally. Mostly girls, especially girls. We all had/ have that one celebrity crush that we dream/t of marrying. To Claire it was a taken-for-granted merely famous football player in United; Andy Pailes. And the best thing is, Claire actually gets to touch her celebrity crush (yes you know... touch) How lucky is this girl? Very.
Scha Aye jay
Nov 07, 2012 Scha Aye jay rated it it was amazing
nice book ever read . sometimes we should forget about something that unimportant and just gone through with our life present not thik about the past . Mark iis really a nice guy for Claire and she deserve Mark .
Wilnona Marie
Dec 10, 2015 Wilnona Marie rated it it was amazing
A little confusing at the beginning but once the flashback and the present story gets fixed in the mind it gets better, down right suspenseful. I like the flashbacks better. When both story lines intertwine I'm sorrowfully disappointed.
Jul 15, 2012 Georgia rated it liked it
The writing by Linda Green was witty - it flicks back to the protagonists 15 year old self and intwines with entries from her current 30 year old self which I think is a clever concept. I lent it to a friend who also loved it!
Jul 28, 2010 Kezza22 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
Well it was an ok read! Loved the references from the 1980s being and 80s girl myself but I have to be honest that I was a little disappointed with the ending just felt it was rushed and all unfinished!

Karen Whittard
Apr 18, 2014 Karen Whittard rated it it was ok
I got really confused by this book. For me the structure was really hard to get into and I didn't like the football references. I usually like books that have the different Aspects to them with the diaries emails letters ect but this one just didn't do it for me. Sorry
Miss Independent
Mar 05, 2011 Miss Independent rated it really liked it
phew! best teens story ever! love the writer and the books! finished it in 1 month time.quite long isn't it? haha.. kinda busier with the school and the tasks!
Oct 14, 2010 Dianne rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this as i was a teenager in 1985 and could relate to some of the things mentioned in the story... very easy reading.
Laura Barnard
Jun 12, 2015 Laura Barnard rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book! Carried me along a journey and I was rooting for the main characters
May 28, 2010 Rachel rated it did not like it
Wish I'd known how much this book was going to suck!
Jul 17, 2010 Monica rated it liked it
It was ok. Not too fussed about the ending. ah wells.
Feb 28, 2013 Rose rated it really liked it
I read this book a long time ago, but I remember enjoying it.
Angela Kitchen
May 29, 2011 Angela Kitchen rated it really liked it
nice, not as light as you'd think but with just the right amount of seriousness
Oct 26, 2016 Jeanette added it
Shelves: 2016
I really enjoyed this book it mentions my home football team Blackburn Rovers, and is based around where I grew up.

Just a light but well written story!
Nov 30, 2011 Cj rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ange, lucy,
Recommended to Cj by: Found in library after finding in fantastic fiction
Briliaant gook - couldnt put it down. Loved it!!!! Had everyhring from humour, to not so funny to OMG did that really just happend, I didnt expect that. Great writer. I hope she wirites more.
Dec 07, 2014 Govhini rated it liked it
Very sexy, very brilliant!!! Can't say more than that. :)
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I was born in North London in 1970 and brought up in Hertfordshire. I wrote my first novella, the Time Machine, aged eight, shortly after which I declared that my ambition was to have a novel published (I could have been easy on myself and just said ‘to write a novel’ but no, I had to consign myself to years of torture and rejections). I was frequently asked to copy out my stories for the classroo ...more
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