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I Think I Love You

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  3,621 ratings  ·  802 reviews
"He had thirty million fans, but he was mine. How could I be sure? The understanding in his eyes told me so. Oh, those eyes. They were deep green pools you could pour all your longing into..."

Who was your first crush?
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published 2010 by Chatto & Windus
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Mar 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Cathy Zahner
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I really liked this mainly because I could relate to Petra and Sharon. Like them, I had unhealthy infatuations with celebrities who have no idea I exist. In fact, I still have these obsessions (I’m still waiting for Tim Lincecum to marry me).

As for the storyline, I liked how it included the perspectives of both Petra and Bill. You got to see two different sides to the David Cassidy mania.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel and its insights into fangirl culture circa 1974.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
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
Sue Smith
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Delightful read. I really enjoyed how the book was divided in 2 parts. Who doesn't remember their crush :) ...more
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Lisa of Hopewell

I absolutely LOVED Allison Pearson's first book, I Don't Know How She Does it, so I figured I'd pretty much love anything she writes. Plus, having been a huge fan of the tv show "The Partridge Family" way back in the early '70s, I was sure I had a hit on my hands. Well..yes and no. Mostly YES. I was carried back to childhood reading about Petra and Sharon and their David Cassidy obsession. I could just feel myself back in Uncle Bob and Aunt Jeanie's basement rec room, sitting on my Grandmother's
Virginia Hume
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.

I liked Petra a good deal, and thought Pearson was painfully accurate in depicting Petra's adolescent hardships. (Who doesn't kn
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
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
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
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
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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
May 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-reading
Oh dear Lord this was terrible.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 are bonded by the ...more
Linda Wilson
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like many women of a certain age, I found myself with tears streaming down my face when I heard of the death of David Cassidy recently. Allison Pearson was interviewed on the radio that morning, and the things she said about David resonated with me, so I decided to read this book. It is the story of 2 young girls and their crush on the teen idol, but I found it to be so much more. The author managed to convey all that young girl angst about friendship groups, family, and trying to find where you ...more
Cherie Kephart
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I Think I Love You is an ode to David Cassidy’s enormous stardom and his millions of adoring and obsessive fans. The story fell flat at times; however, it still made me giggle and kept me interested enough in the characters to keep me reading. Although this may not have been her best work, Pearson is a beautiful writer and will assuredly craft more engaging stories for her adoring fans to devour.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNfing at 25%/page 101. Strange adolescent fangirling that isn't particularly interesting. The other side of the coin is really interesting, but I'm already concerned and uncomfortable about the age gap. ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Five stars for the first half and Three stars for the second half. If you loved an Elvis, Ringo Star, David Cassidy, or Donny Osmond etc. as a preteen and was an insecure but hopeful adolescent, the first half sparkles.
Rachel Janke
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RIP David 11/21/2017
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
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 ...more
Shonna Froebel
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Cathe Fein Olson
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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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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