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Looking for Andrew McCarthy [Mass Market Paperback]

Jenny Colgan
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4 July 2011

The third novel by the Sunday times bestselling author of Amanda’s Wedding

'I'm wearing a beautiful pink dress, and I'm in a big pink room with billowing curtains…and I'm dancing to Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark…and my handsome partner leans over and whispers…

'Yes, 80s child Ellie really thought life was going to be like Pretty in Pink, St Elmo's Fire and all those other movies – where everyone was astoundingly glamorous, popular, successful, had huge apartments and lived happily ever after. But now that she and her gang are thirty, she has to admit that things haven't quite turned out that way. When did horrible flats, difficult relationships and menaningless jobs take over?And, more importantly, what happened to the coolest, wisest, most inspirational Brat Packer of them all? Where is Andrew McCarthy now? Did life fulfil its promise for him? Is he happy on Channel 5? Surely he, of all people, can tell Ellie what to do about her thirty-angst?

Determined to get her idol to unravel some of life's great mysteries, Ellie sets out, unwillingly accompanied by her best friend Julia, on a quest across the USA, from LA to New York to find him. It's an unlikely epic, by turns hilarious, romantic and downright uncomfortable – but, helped by a cast of thousands, of whom Frosty the Giant Pig is probably the least improbable, they do find some answers, although not the ones they expected

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 403 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (4 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007105533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007105533
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Café and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and France. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.

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Travelling East across the United States in a silver Thunderbird, Ellie Eversholt is a woman on a mission. She's Looking for Andrew McCarthy, and hoping that when she finds him she can ask him a few pertinent questions, such as why, at the grand old age of 30, life hasn't turned out the way it was portrayed in the Brat Pack films of the 1980s.

Feeling misled by the glittering façade presented to her in the dimly-lit cinemas of her teenage years, bored with her career, fed-up with her failing love life and ashamed that at 30 she's still renting a room in a flat owned by Big Bastard, the Neanderthal flatmate-from-hell, Ellie needs some answers--and she needs them now. Gathering up a group of similarly disillusioned friends, Ellie makes her way to America, and together they set off, Thelma and Louise-style (except without the cliff-ending suicide pact) to criss-cross America in search of 80s screen idol Andrew McCarthy. In a tale which explores every avenue of the old saying "it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive", Ellie and friends on both sides of the Atlantic share in the joys and disappointments of her quest: a journey which takes her to the four corners of the States and brings her into contact with a variety of outrageous characters, ranging from hunky tanned scriptwriters to six foot tall transvestites and even Frosty II, the world's largest pig.

Does she find the real Andrew McCarthy? And will she ever come to terms with why she hasn't spent her life living in a huge apartment with billowing curtains, wearing a big pink dress and being dated by a succession of handsome men, like a modern-day Molly Ringwald? --Emily Lowson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'Colgan is on top form with this, her latest outrageous romp' Cosmopolitan

'Wonderful, warm and resonant for anyone who ever wondered what happened to teenage dreams' Hello!

'Jenny Colgan is one of the leaders of the pack and this, her third novel, will delight her legion of admirers…Fast-paced, funny, poignant and well-observed, it reads like a pastiche of the movies she loved…If a time capsule were buried to capture the world at the turn of the 21st century, this would be a candidate for inclusion' Daily Mail

'Did I like this book? Well, d'uh! Do hedgehogs have quills? A pure belter of a novel' Glasgow Herald

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Whatever happened to our heroes? With the exception of a few (I hear the guy out of Risky Business did OK for himself), the majority of our Brat Pack idols unfortunately seem to have disappeared without a trace. As Ellie Eversholt turns 30, she ponders why life didn't turn out quite how her heroes had made out it would in their movies. Stuck in a job she hates, living with the flatmate from hell and experiencing boyfriend and parent trouble, she wonders where she went wrong. She decides that only one person can help her find the answers to her questions, so with best friend Julia in tow, she sets off on a quest to find Andrew McCarthy (have you also ever wondered where he is now?) Starting in LA, then across to New York, they pick up various clues and characters along the way. It's a crazy cross-country ride - sometimes happy, sometimes sad but always hilarious and optimistic. Does Ellie find the answers to her questions? Does she find the man himself? Do you remeber how awful Molly Ringwald looked in that terrible pink dress? If you do, then you have to read this book. Jenny Colgan has brilliantly captured the feel of the 80's through the songs and movies which were the soundtrack (and saviour) of our teenage years. Excellent flashback!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book I've read in ages! 22 Oct 2001
If you are a 30something 80's chick, a fan of the Brat Pack movies and, of course, a fan of Andrew McCarthy - this book is for you. Of course it helps that Jenny Colgan writes the funniest books I've ever read. It made me smile from beginning to end and made me laugh out loud page after page. Brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cack 18 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The first Jenny Colgan book.I have read that didn't.have me.hooked. too many characters to ever really be sure who was.who, and an.unbelievable.storyline.dotted with eighties references which I thought I would.love but just found really irritating. Don't bother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for 80s bratpack fans 14 Jun 2013
By clara
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read this book so many times I have lost count. I can totally relate to Ellie the main character and loved the 80s brat pack references
That aside, its hilariously written, I always have quite a few embarrasing laugh out loud on public transport moments when I read this.
Fun is the best thing to have :)
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars '80s nostalgia meets millenium reality 26 Sep 2001
By A Customer
This book is fantastic if like me you are a complete freak when it comes to anything to do with the era that forgot taste - that's right the 1980's. The main character in this book is a 30 year old called Ellie who has a fixation with the Brat Pack (the group of young actors back in the '80s that included Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe and of course Andrew Macarthy!)
Ellie can't help thinking that somehow the Brat Pack and rather more importantly Andrew Macarthy have the answer to all lifes problems, and she figures that if she could only find Andrew then she will be able to get her life back on track (oh and did I mention that she also has planned on marrying him since she was a young girl, wearing a ra - ra skirt?!)
Her quest takes her to America where she visits several places and meets some amazing people. But does she find Andrew? Does she find real love? Indeed, does she find happiness? Well you will have to read the book to find out. I dont want to spoil it for you.
This book is amazing, fantastic and both funny and sometimes sad (it brought tears to my eyes in both senses!)
There are many film and music references to keep the '80s fans interested and if like me you have always wanted to go to an American Highschool Prom then this most definately is the book for you!
I reckon that this book would appeal to anybody who likes a bit of old fashioned angst in their books, with a bit of romance chucked in for good measure. If you have ever had a crush on anybody ever then this most definately is the book for you :o)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Could've been a lot better 20 July 2002
By Just Me
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I managed to read this book the whole way through, in hope that it would get better. It had so much potential, but fell very short of what I expected. The characters were annoying, especially Big Bastard and Colin. Why were they even in it, just how old was Colin supposed to be anyway? The references to the eighties weren't even enough to save it. This book was far-fetched, and juvenile.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, a funny and moving read 2 Jan 2002
By A Customer
I think Jenny Colgan's books are just getting better and better. This is by far her most ambitious novel yet, dealing in an incredibly light way with that crisis we all hit at 30, wondering if the accidents and loose decisions that took us to where we are amount to happiness or a life sentence. Then, which is riskier, to give up and join the ratrace as best you can, or to embarrass all your friends by trying to make your dreams come true? Caught in just such a dilemma, the heroine of Looking... decides to get some answers, from someone who should know. Of course, the search is the point, but both the quest and its resolution are funny, wise, and surprising. Since Colgan can make people come alive in just a quick sketch, the book is driven by its varied and vivid characters. If you can't recognise the three-dimensionality of people like Julia, Loxy, Arthur, Colin or Siobhan, then you should leave the Army. The writing is studded but not swamped with nostalgic 80s colour, and as usual with this author, it is very very funny. I was really impressed with how the book captures the feeling of being in London, LA, or New York, without ever turning into a travelogue. Jenny Colgan has a special gift for dialogue, and a way with reversals, zingers and universal themes that makes her the Douglas Adams of the romantically adrift. But where Adams fills the gaps between gags with absurdist space fantasy, Colgan has psychological depth. Consistently in her books, she hasn't been afraid to show her central characters as confused, lonely and even sad. Ellie's evolving relationships with her dad, her friends and more than one Andrew illustrate Colgan's underlying point: that events and experience can change, if not your personality, then at least your perspective. It will be interesting to see how she follows this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for Andrew McCarthy
Wow this book is very good, recommend to anyone who loves books by Jenny Colgan. Can't wait to read the next book
Published 24 days ago by jennie bowling
3.0 out of 5 stars not her best
I struggled to get onto this book, but eventually grew to like it rushing to finish the book so that could find out the ending.
Published 2 months ago by amie
1.0 out of 5 stars Looking for Andrew McCarthy Utter Rubbish,
this must be one of Jenny,s first books, language is horrible so offensive, dreadful read , waste of my time
Published 5 months ago by Suehs
4.0 out of 5 stars great 80's references
love the brat pack and love chick lit, then you can't go wrong with this book.

I laughed out loud, I cried out loud great for anyone whom was in their early teens during... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Victoria England
1.0 out of 5 stars An utter waste
I'm sorry to say, but this book was an utter waste of money and the paper it was written on.
I normally love jenny Colgan but not this time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Trendy yogini
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as captivating as some of Jenny's other reads
I'm usually gripped to Jenny's novels however this one I struggled to get through! I found some sentences didn't make sense and the wording throughout a bit confusing at times I... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gemma
1.0 out of 5 stars Cure for insomnia
If this is her on top form, I think she should give up and get a job she can do! Without depth, humour, plot. It feels like it was a plot forced to meet a deadline. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars An American road trip adventure
Having read and enjoyed Jenny Colgan's first two novels, I picked up a copy of 'Looking for Andrew McCarthy' and was pleasantly surprised to note that it's not your typical romance... Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2004 by Victoria Craven
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much fluff, who cares about the caarcters?
Well obviously I exspected a light read, the problem is this seems tooconstructed, - you know where you are expected to "laugh out loud" (sorry,did not happen) and the characters,... Read more
Published on 21 April 2004 by Salomon
5.0 out of 5 stars A wish come true
This book brought back so many nice times of the 80s. I would definetely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a fantastically written book, (as always, Jenny Colgan at... Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2004 by "npissia"
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