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From the no. 1 bestselling author of I Don't Know How She Does It: a witty and poignant story about a young girl who falls hopelessly in love with a teenage pin-up and some twenty years later, with her life in pieces all around her, finally gets to meet him.
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Published: 20 January 2011
Genre: General & literary fiction
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 her mother's wardrobe she finds a letter declaring her the winner of the competition she and Sharon had agonised over decades ago. So, twenty-four years after entering the competition the girls claim their prize and are flown out for an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to meet their hero at last. Bill, now the magazine's publisher, flies out with them...Poignant, hilarious, joyful, profoundly moving and uplifting, I Think I Love You captures what we learn about love, life and friendship through the universal experience of worshipping a teen dream. It will resonate with readers everywhere.
precisely observed account of the obsessions of adolescence in the 1970s... Pearson is also particularly affecting on the difficulties of mothering, and learning how to love and be loved is the kernel of her deceptively sparkly book
Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times
Allison Pearson is one of the stars of her generation.' Evening Standard
Woman & Home
Pearson's knack for observing the ups and downs of ordinary folk (and all our faults and foibles) is pitch-perfect and as funny as it is poignant
Funny and poignant, it will also remind you why you'd never want to be 13 again!
Better written than anything by Nick Hornby ... this book is about big things - friendship, motherhood, love, loss - seen through the prism of smoke from a joss stick, set to jingly jangly music that still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up, produces a shiver not unlike that from a Fox's glacier mint, and makes me almost, but not quite, want to wet my pants
Pearson's ingeniously structured narrative cuts between Petra's provincial Seventies adolescence and her disillusioned middle age at a perfect pitch of sweet, intricately detailed nostalgia ... The effect is both addictive and strangely evanescent ...Pearson...has such and elegant way with sentimentality that even Donny Osmond fanciers will find themselves beguiled
Jane Shilling, The Daily Telegraph
It's a finely tuned and satisfying plot and the writing is flawless and funny ... But it is the book's subtle and profound examination of its central themes that really makes it shine
Chloe Rhodes, The Telegraph
I Think I Love You is a precisely observed account of the obsessions of early adolescence, doing for the pop crush what Nick Hornby has done for football and vinyl
Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times
Pearson (is) a natural comic writer
Claire Allfree, Metro
If you had forgotten what it's like to be 14 - or, indeed, are the parent of somebody who is - this is a novel not to be missed
Katherine Whitbourn, Daily Mail
Hilarious and beautiful...Funny, insightful, wonderful
Funny yet poignant story of obsession and first love
Anyone who can make me laugh and cry in equal measure gets my vote
Fiona McIntosh, Grazia
A satisfying celebration of love lost and found
A wry satire on girlish obsession
Sally Cousins, Daily Telegraph
The hugely affecting tale of a teen crush and its consequences decades later, this is a subtle and flawlessly written love story
Pearson's nostalgic narrative clearly marries the pangs of adolescence to mid-life regret. A pitch-perfect portrait of the teenage self.
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Allison Pearson is an award-winning journalist. A founder member of BBC 2's 'Late Review', she broadcasts regularly on TV and radio. Her novel I Don't Know How She Does It became an instant bestseller ...