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Guiding Light by Julia London
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Guiding Light was the longest running television soap opera, airing from 1937 to 1952 on radio, and then from 1952 until 2009 on TV. I became hooked on it the summer I turned 13 and had a lot of free time on my hands. I watched it for 15+ years, faithfully recording it on my VCR while I was at school and then when I went to college. It wasn't easy explaining why a 21 year old guy had to record a show on the VCR for an hour a day. And I would get crabby whenever I missed it!

By 2000, the show was on a decline, in part due to the months-long televised OJ Simpson trial. End result, Guiding Light pulled out all the stops to try and retain more viewership. One of those attempts was publishing a book about a few of the most memorable characters, and it was called Guiding Light: Jonathan's Story, by Julia London.

As I was a huge fan, I had to read it; however, if you only watched the show, and didn't know about the book, things were happening off screen to the characters that you never knew about. And that just felt odd.

When I checked my "read" books today to see what I needed to write a review on, this one showed up, and I saw that of about 1000 Goodreads friends as of today, 0 had read this book. Hilarious! So I'm not going to convince you to read it. And you're probably thinking...

All I can say is... when you love a TV show, you'll read anything about the characters. And while the book wasn't bad, it was just a bit odd for me to read it and then watch a different story line on TV. I applaud the show for trying this method tho!

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January 1, 2007 – Finished Reading
September 6, 2016 – Shelved
April 26, 2017 – Shelved as: 1-fiction

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message 1: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Wow, 15 years?! That's quite the commitment. Nice review, James. :)

James Thx! Yes. When I like something, I commit!

message 3: by Julie (new)

Julie I used to watch this story! I loved Josh and Reva. I did not know there were books!! Nice review, James.

James Julie wrote: "I used to watch this story! I loved Josh and Reva. I did not know there were books!! Nice review, James."

Yes, there are a few. I often seem them in the bargain rack at Barnes and Noble. If you can't find one, I'd be happy to send mine over for you to look thru.


message 5: by Joey (new)

Joey Holy shit, Guiding Light!

James Joey wrote: "Holy shit, Guiding Light!"

haha, been a while?

message 7: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Meadows I used to love Guiding Light too. I don't have this book, but I do have Kim Zimmer's memoir called I'm Just Sayin"! I haven't read it yet, but I hope to soon.

James Very cool. I don't have that one myself. Hope you enjoy it!

message 9: by Kee Zee (new)

Kee Zee What!! I grew up on GL and Y&R! It’s been ages since I’ve watched but I have the fondest memories. Last night’s show would be our water cooler topic at high school the following day. Yes, I still know people from back home who shamelessly love soap operas. It’s nice to know that there are books and I may never read them, but this review was a welcomed trip down memory lane.

James It was a lifetime ago. Right? But they were awesome. I miss it. The book helped. Great story. Thx for sharing.

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