Synopses & Reviews
The new novel from the best-selling author of I Don’t Know How She Does It
takes us on an unforgettable journey into first love, and—with the emotional intensity and penetrating wit that have made her beloved among readers all over the world—reminds us of how the ardor of our youth can ignite our adult lives.
Wales, 1974. Petra and Sharon, two thirteen-year-old girls, are obsessed with David Cassidy. His fan magazine is their Bible, and some days his letters are the only things that keep them going as they struggle through the humiliating daily rituals of adolescence—confronting their bewildering new bodies, fighting with mothers who don’t understand them at all. Together they tackle the Ultimate David Cassidy Quiz, a contest whose winners will be flown to America to meet Cassidy in person.
London, 1998. Petra is pushing forty, on the brink of divorce, and fighting with her own thirteen-year-old daughter when she discovers a dusty letter in her mother’s closet declaring her the winner of the contest she and Sharon had labored over with such hope and determination. More than twenty years later, twenty pounds heavier, bruised by grief and the disappointments of middle age, Petra reunites with Sharon for an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to meet their teen idol at last, and finds her life utterly transformed.
Funny, moving, full of beautiful observations about the awakenings of both youth and middle age, Allison Pearson’s long-awaited new novel will speak across generations to mothers and daughters and women of all ages.
Lyrics from "Daydreamer" used with kind permission of the composer Terry Dempsey and publisher Angela Music Publishing Co. (Pty) Ltd.; "I Think I Love You" words and music by Tony Romeo © 1970. Reproduced by permission of Screen-Gems EMI Music Inc., London W8 5SW; "Cherish" words and music by Terry Kirkman © 1965. Reproduced by permission of Beechwood Music Corporation, London W8 5SW; "How Can I Be Sure" words and music by Edward J. Brigati and Felix Cavaliere © 1967. Reproduced by permission of EMI Entertainment World Inc., London W8 5SW; "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden" © 1971 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Extract from Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot © the Estate of T. S. Eliot, reproduced by permission of Faber and Faber Ltd.
"With its internal character monologues and lively dialogue, this novel works particularly well on audio. Sian Thomas is marvelous in bringing to life 13-year-old Petra, a Welsh girl in 1974 with an obsessive crush on David Cassidy. Her voice perfectly evokes the complex mix of absurdity, yearning, and poignant insecurity of adolescence as Petra struggles to fit in with her female friends and negotiate shifting alliances. Thomas is equally adept as the older, wiser, more reflective adult Petra. In addition to bringing out every subtle nuance of emotion and character, Pearson expertly voices a variety of accents: the thick Welsh of young Petra, the guttural German of her mother, the educated as well as working-class British tones, the American voice of Cassidy himself, and most impressively, the accent of the adult Petra (who has lived in London for many years), a London accent with hints of her native Welsh. A must-listen audio for fans of smart and funny contemporary fiction or just those looking for inspired audio narration. A Knopf hardcover. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From the author of the best seller I Don’t Know How She Does It,
a follow-up that promises to be one of the most widely read and talked-about novels of the season.
1974, Wales. Thirteen-year-old Petra and her best friend, Sharon, are in love with David Cassidy and obsessed with The Ultimate David Cassidy Quiz, a contest whose winners will be flown to America to meet their teen idol. 1998, London. Petra is pushing forty and on the brink of divorce. While cleaning out her mother’s closet, she finds a dusty letter—a letter her mother had intercepted—declaring her the winner of the contest she and Sharon had labored over with such agony and bliss. Twenty-four years later, twenty pounds heavier, the girls reunite for an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to meet their teen idol at last, middle age—theirs and his—be damned.
Poignant, hilarious, joyful, profoundly moving and uplifting, I Think I Love You captures what girls learn about love through the universal experience of worshipping a teen dream. It will resonate with readers everywhere.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Allison Pearson, an award-winning journalist and author, is a staff writer for the London Daily Telegraph. Her first novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, became an international best seller and was translated into thirty-two languages. She is a patron of Camfed, a charity that supports the education of thousands of African girls. Pearson lives in Cambridge with her husband and their two children.