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I Think I Love You

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1974. Thirteen-year-old Petra and her best friend Sharon are desperate to win a competition to meet their teen idol.





Meanwhile Bill is unhappy in his job, ghostwriting the fanzine of the man so adored by the girls - and slightly unnerved by the extreme emotions of some of the fans.





Fast forward to 1998. Petra is pushing forty and on the brink of divorce. While cleaning out h...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 20th 2011 by Vintage (first published January 1st 2010)
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elizabeth
Hello World, there's a book that I'm reading/ Come on it's Crappy!

Ugh- it started out well enough- very evocative of adolescence with an interesting Welsh setting. Though sometimes the dialog felt forced, as though some characters were just setting for a "spike." But everything went majorly pear-shaped in the second half. The author took a character I had cared about and made her deeply unappealing. She also fell into the "talking heads" trap where there's no real action- just people yammering a...more
Hot Cup O'Monkey
I listened to this on audio CD, which provided the wonderful Welsh and British accents that really enriched the story.
The first half of the book describes the extreme crushes on then-teen-idol-David-Cassidy held by a 1970s Welsh teenage girl, Petra, and her friends. By turns humorous and bittersweet, it perfectly chronicles the social angst of trying to "be part of the crowd" as a teenager. The characterization of the manipulative and somewhat nasty leader, the "perfect" Jillian, is spot-on for...more
michelle
I expected more from this book because I enjoyed I Don't Know How She Does It. Unfortunately, "I think I love You" was so bad that I only got to about page 100. At that point, I made the decision that there were too many good books out there to waste my time on this one.

The basic premise, in the first 100 pages, is that young Petra and her friends are obsessed with David Cassidy. They are also confronted by the mean girl, clique-ish behavior of young girls. Petra is trying desperately to fit in...more
Gina
A few years ago the New Kids on the Block reformed to tour again and so my sister and I met up with a friend from that particular period in our lives and headed down to San Antonio. The concert was amazing and a slightly hilarious. Thousands of women from their mid-twenties to early-forties and about 10 men, all a little giddy and maybe a little embarrassed to be there. I was worried that it was going to be sad--aging teen idols, aging fans, but it wasn't. Jordan can still hit the high notes and...more
Michael
It's 1974 and Petra and her friends are all "in love" with singer David Cassidy. Petra is the ultimate Cassidy fan, making collages of pictures of the singer, subscribing to his fan magazine and knowing all there is to know about David. Petra hopes that someday all this knowledge may come in useful should she ever meet David and the two fall hopelessly in love.

One of the biggest sources of Petra's knowledge is a David Cassidy fan magazine. And while the letters from fans appear to be responded t...more
M
They say, "write what you know." Personally, while I see why that's a good first step, I have cautioned my students against writing what they know too well - as you are likely to make your reader feel like a third wheel while you're on a date with yourself.
This is one of my main beefs with Pearson's much anticipated and very disappointing (read: LAME-OLA) new novel, I Think I Love You. Allow me to preface my review with the caveat that I have/had no idea who David Cassidy is/was and in fact spen...more
Christie
Before I talk about Allison Pearson’s delightful novel, I Think I Love You, I have to talk about David Cassidy. I think it’s important for you to understand my total predisposition to love this book based on my adolescent feelings about David. I LOVED HIM! Oh, I know I wasn’t alone – millions of girls my age loved him. It’s just that I loved him more. And to illustrate the deep personal connection we had, let me tell you about what happened to me in 1995 at the backstage door of the London produ...more
Sue Smith
Well, this book was a scream let me tell you!! I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and it made me laugh out loud more than once. It hit on all those teenage angst moments - boys and puberty, mean girls at school and a demanding mother... self imposed expectations and limitations and how we see ourselves with all those insecurities clouding the mirror, all done to the music of the times to set the moods - and Allison Pearson made it all quite funny! Painfully funny at times - and down ri...more
Breann
It took me a little while to get in to this story. I abandoned it earlier this summer when I couldn't connect with the mindset of the pre-teen Petra who narrates the first 1/3 of the book. After listening to a repeat of interview with Allison Pearson on Fresh Air a few weeks ago I picked it up again and stuck with it. I'm so glad I did, there is some really beautiful prose in this story. While the plot seeks to examine the phase of teenage obsession that so many girls go through, I found Pearson...more
Virginia
I give this 3.5 stars, though I don't really understand my own rating system and freely confess to being inconsistent.

In brief, readers follow 13-year-old Petra (obsessed with David Cassidy and suffering through the angst of challenging friendships) and 38-year-old Petra, whose husband has left her for a younger woman. We also follow 24-year-old Bill (a frustrated former literature student, now ghost writing David Cassidy letters for a magazine devoted to the teen idol) and Bill in his late 40s...more
Christine
The “inside flap” description of this book seems very light-hearted and frivolous, focusing on a group of teenaged girls and their desperate love for teen heart-throb David Cassidy in the mid 70’s. And yes there are very light moments in the book (and embarrassingly honest, if I remember the 70’s correctly). The book also includes some dark realities with regards to peer pressure, needing to fit in, real boys vs. teen idols, etc. The crescendo comes when the girls sneak away from their homes to...more
Sara
What I liked most about this book was Pearson's strong writing style that easily evoked a lot of emotions and memories within my own self. My own obsessions with musical stars when I was 13-15, the "safety" of loving them because they can never love you back, and so on. Pearson easily slipped into that voice of an uncertain teenager who wants so desperately to belong, whether its in the arms of David Cassidy or in a group of four other girls. Running like a thread alongside this story is one abo...more
Susan
This book earns as many as three stars only because its first half was so well done. The second half was, frankly, a mess. Pearson's writing provided a perfect example of how the failure to "show, don't tell" can torpedo what otherwise could have been a charming story. The dialog was sloppy, unconvincing, and most damning, flat. I noticed at least one anachronism. In 1974 we Yanks were not yet world-renowned for being lawsuit-happy. Our lawsuit-mad culture developed later than that--the McDonald...more
Nicki
The four stars is for the first half of the book. I just loved teen Petra and her tale of obsession with the pop star! Got to say, David is a little before my own time, and I know the title song "I think I love you" from the Voice of the Beehive's cover which came out when I was a teen. It didn't really matter - you could insert any star you had a crush on and relate to this. Mine at this age was Ben Volpeliere Pierrot (did I even spell that right?! Horrors! 13 year old me would know). Allison P...more
Nely
Although David Cassidy was before my time, I do remember having major teen star crushes (most of the guys from Beverly Hills 90210 and NKOTB) as well as running to my nearest supermarket in desperate need for the latest edition of Tiger Beat. So obviously when I read the synopsis for this book I knew I would be able to relate to it in some way.

It's 1974, Petra and Sharon, two 13 year old Welsh girls, are head over heels in love with none other than David Cassidy. Ms. Pearson captures these girl...more
Trudi
I think it's too bad that this book is probably going to get overlooked by a lot of people just because the cover is just so gosh-darned pink -- it looks like a tosser, easily dismissible as frothy, feel-good chick-lit, more fluff than depth, more cheese than ...urm... meat? I know I was on the verge of dismissing it for all these reasons and more; I mean, c'mon!?! David Cassidy? Really people? But thanks to a contagious review here on goodreads, I took a chance and am I glad that I ever did.

I...more
Monique
I loved, "I Think I Love You" by Allison Pearson. It's a wonderful exploration of a young girls' crush on 70's pop star David Cassidy, her unrequited love and teenage angst. Probably those who actually had a crush on David Cassidy would appreciate the story the most, but for those who were into, say, the Beatles or the New Kids on the Block, you'll still be able to relate. It's just you won't be singing along as you read the story. (Guilty pleasures! Wish I had an album of his on CD. But all I h...more
Ciara
this book started off with some promise. it follows two primary characters, petra & bill. petra is a 13-year-old girl growing up in wales. it's 1974 & she is OBSESSED with david cassidy. she is striving to be integrated into the popular clique at school, which is headed by a queen bee named gillian. petra is not yet confident & popular enough to be gillian's BFF so she has become close to another girl in the group, sharon. all of the girls like david cassidy, but petra & sharon a...more
Kathy
Oh, I probably should give this the "it was okay" two star rating. If I was a few years older or a few years younger, I probably would, but, like the protagonist, Petra, I was 14 in 1974 and I LOVED David Cassidy. I had to repress a few squeals of delight when I recognized certain posters that were described (all of which I had).

The novel goes from Petra and her friends (and their obsession with DC) during junior high to Petra as an adult. Her marriage is crumbling, her mother (who was a rigid...more
Katharine
If you are over 40 and looking for a fun read, consider this one. Younger readers will also likely enjoy it, but those over a certain age, who can recall David Cassidy, platform shoes, scrapbooks, and life before cell phones and Twitter, will be especially taken. This is an exceptionally well written story about love, friendship, and motherhood, about teenage angst and adult disillusionment. The book is presented in two parts: a first-person narrative told by 13-year old Petra about her friends...more
Cathe Olson
Having had a major crush on David Cassidy when I was in fifth grade, I ordered this book as soon as heard about it. The story is about about a group of Welsh girls who are David Cassidy obsessed. Two in particular Petra and Sharon feel like they know everything there is to know about him so when they have a chance to meet him by filling out the "Ultimate David Cassidy Quiz" they pore over it for weeks until they finally have every answer. Years later, when Petra's mom dies and Petra is going thr...more
Shonna Froebel
This is totally a feel-good novel and 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, th...more
Online Eccentric Librarian
I really like how this novel was constructed: both the teen view and an adult view of the teen idol craze around David Cassidy in 1974. The story takes place from two perspectives: Bill and Petra. Bill is an adult, a recent graduate, and finds himself thrust into the teen girl idol craze when he has to write articles for the 'Ultimate David Cassidy Magazine'. On the recipient end is Petra - a teen girl in 1who reads the magazine and holds close her love of David Cassidy while dealing with all th...more
Laura de Leon
This book did not start out well for me. If I hadn't been reading it for book club, I would not have continued past the first third or so.

The first half of the book takes place when Petra and her friends are young teens, obsessed with David Cassidy, and having the sort of problems that girls in books (and real life) often seem to have-- Bullying, friendship issues, parental problems...

Since the David Cassidy connection didn't speak to me, it just felt like a book I'd read before, with character...more
Michelle
There were some parts about this book that I enjoyed and some things that went on and on and didn't seem to connect to anything else. Otherwise I would have ranked it higher. I did love all the Welsh terms and the English slang. Because my grandmother's father was from Wales I found that particularly endearing. I also remember the girlhood crushes and Teen Beat magazine (or was it Tiger Beat?) Anyway, we all had crushes on Leif Garrett, Scott Baio, Ralph Macchio, etc, in my generation. Those wer...more
Jenny Brown
Odd to read a novel based on David Cassidy--I was a Donny Osmond girl myself, at least until Scott Baio came on the scene--but it works to a certain degree. The first half of the book centers on Petra as a teenaged fan, and at times it was difficult to read simply because Pearson so completely nails the angst of being a teenaged girl. The delicate nature of friendships, the desire for the attentions of the it-girl, the compulsion to fit in; it brought me right back to my own miserable young teen...more
Chris
Yes, we all know it's about David Cassidy. But the heart of the book is, to me, so much more. It's about the relationships between women - mothers and daughters and friends, and how we measure ourselves against each other, even the ones we love the most. It's also about how we navigate failed expectations, and live with our own, and others' unrealized potential. This is a very mature book about growing up.

I want to share my two favorite quotes from the book.
p.235 "I know an awful lot of people...more
Lorri Steinbacher
From an enjoyment perspective I should give this 4 stars, but I'm stingy with my ratings. I think that Pearson really captured the life of a preteen girl, and all the uncertainties and emotions that go along with it. Having been a David Cassidy lover in my youth, I could certainly relate, but I think that the relationships between all the girls transcends the David Cassidy angle. The story did bring it all back for me: the wanting desperately to belong, to want romantic love, not evenr entirely...more
Cheryl, The Book Contessa
Allison Pearson has produced a delightful read! It took me right back to the days I (with several equally devoted teen friends) worshipped teen idols. Petra & her friends swooned over David Cassidy to the degree of insanity. Their journey was detailed in a light, humorous way, with the reader easily empathetic to their emotional & life perils as they grew up through the '70's. So...was the David Cassidy of their dreams the True & Only David? Petra & Sharon do get to answer that f...more
Courtney
I really enjoyed Allison Pearson's first book and was so excited to read this one: a story that begins with a young girl enamored with a hearthrob singer? Yes, please. I hoped it would be a fun story, with the clever and witty pace of Pearson's first book (I Don't Know How She Does It). Unfortunately, this book missed the mark by a mile. Pearson's clever writing style shone through in a few passages, but overall it was very clunky. I kept wondering when it would pick up and thought so many of th...more
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Allison Pearson was born in South Wales. An award-winning journalist, she was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards for her first novel, I Don't Know How She Does It. Allison has written for many magazines and newspapers including the Daily Telegraph, the Independent, the Observer, the Sunday Times and the London Evening Standard. For four years she was the popular Wednesday column...more
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