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Don't You Forget About Me by Jancee Dunn
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** spoiler alert ** From my Statesman review (

A 20-year reunion is coming up for Lily Curtis and, fresh off an unexpected divorce, she regresses to her teenage state: She lives at home with the folks, Rick Springfield's on the tape deck and she's crushing on her high school sweetheart, who happens to be single and back from London. Slight even for summer chick-lit, Jancee Dunn's 'Don't You Forget About Me'(Villard Books, $24) skimps on characterization, even for its central character. Lily is a TV producer who feels she's never experienced the highs she felt as a popular high school girl. When the reunion finally comes, it should be a big climax. Lily ruins one friendship and re-establishes others, her love life suddenly takes a turn and she must figure out how far she's really come in 20 years. It warrants a scant, underwritten 20 pages. What Dunn, a former MTV2 VJ and writer for Rolling Stone, does get right are the '80s pop culture details: the music, the pastel leotard fashions and the desperate need to be Molly Ringwald. It's a book for anyone who's ever tied her hair in a ponytail using a Swatch watch and never misses an episode of "I Love the 80s." (Book is published July 29)
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