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Book Description

Deliciously clever and touching, with a compelling twist, I Think I Love You asks what happens when the man you thought you loved turns out to be somebody else…

In her bestselling debut, I Don’t Know How She Does It, Allison Pearson spoke to mothers everywhere. Now, in I Think I Love You, she is back with her pitch-perfect ability to observe our lives, loves and relationships. We enter the world of two unforgettable friends: Petra and Sharon, in 1970s South Wales, who live for David Cassidy. His fan magazine is the girls’ Bible and they memorise every word that he sings and writes, in the hope of becoming the future Mrs Cassidy. But unbeknownst to Petra, and to millions of other hopefuls, David’s letters may not be all his own work. The secret lies with Bill Finn, English graduate turned reluctant pop journalist, whose job it is to compile the Ultimate David Cassidy Quiz. Top prize: the trip of a lifetime, to meet your one and only love.

Over two decades later, bruised by grief, Petra is living with her thirteen-year-old daughter, who has her own teen crush. By sheer chance – unless you believe in destiny – Petra discovers that the questions which obsessed her back in 1974 are suddenly very much alive. And Bill, successful in business but never in love, has some confessions of his own...

I Think I Love You
is a classic story of friendship across the decades. A romantic comedy with a broken heart, it is Allison Pearson at her humane and captivating best.

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"Allison Pearson is one of the stars of her generation" (Evening Standard)

"If you had forgotten what it's like to be fourteen - or, indeed, are the parent of somebody who is - this is a novel not to be missed" (Daily Mail)

"Hilarious and beautiful...Funny, insightful, wonderful" (Easy Living)

"Anyone who can make me laugh and cry in equal measure gets my vote" (Grazia)

"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" (Glamour)


‘You’ve got to read this...funny and poignant, it will also remind you why you’d never want to be 13 again!’--Prima

‘better written than anything by Nick Horny’--Evening Standard

‘even Donny Osmond fanciers will find themselves beguiled’--Jane Shilling, Daily Telegraph

'It’s a finely tuned and satisfying plot and the writing is flawless and funny’--Chloe Rhodes, Daily Telegraph

‘doing for the pop crush what Nick Hornby has done for football and vinyl’--Sunday Times

‘Pearson (is) a natural comic writer’--Metro

‘If you had forgotten what it’s like to be 14...this is a novel not to be missed’--Daily Mail

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1400042356
  • Publisher: CCV Digital (29 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U6Z5XS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 6 July 2010
I LOVED this book - as a 1970's teenage David Cassidy fan (his "number one fan" of course) from page one I was totally caught up in the story. Totally authentic and sympathetic. How easily I identified with Petra. How fantastic my memory recall of the posters! the magazines! the white lies to parents! the rivalry with unknown fans who might snare DC before I could! The utter conviction that I was the girl for him. The thrill that my mother's name was Cassidy - what an edge that gave me over the other fans! The misery when I didn't win any of the "Meet David" competitions....! The fact that I still remember his birthday!

Here is a book written by someone who was a fan but is able to understand and put in context the emotions of a girl growing up who was too frightened of real boys and in love with a fantasy. Allison Pearson has the gift of being able to take our story (my story) and give it a meaning that I knew was there all along. (I felt the same when I read "I Don't Know How She Does It", being a working mother myself.)

This is a book that former DC fans will love - I defy you to read it and not be taken back 35 years (good grief ..that long ago?!) But this isn't just a fans' book. It's a book for anyone who can understand growing up and falling in love. It's a story of friendship. It's a book you will put down with a long satisfied sigh .............

I found this book really, really uplifting. I wish I had the words of much more articulate reviewers to do it justice but I don't. Just read it. Please. I'm off to dig out my DC concert programmes....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss 3 Mar. 2011
By Sabina
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In the first part of the book, Allison Pearson writes perceptively about Petra's teenage years in the seventies, the insecurities, projections, crushes and self-consciousness. Also about peer pressure and the pain of sometimes ambivalent loyalties amongst friends. Didn't we all know a Gillian, the gorgeous (and she knew it) girl we loved to hate?
In the second half (24 years later), there are some curious structural choices which make for much drearier reading. We are told from the beginning that Petra's husband leaves her, yet over the next chapters we have to have an on and off account of their whole relationship. It doesn't move the story on and I felt like saying,'It's ok, we get it!'
Although there are some poignant comments on the mother-child relationship, I never found the other central character of Bill convincing enough. I did welcome the sarky humour of his workmate Chas in contrast. Petra's heartwarming Welsh friend Sharon becomes a bit of a caricature as the story goes on. The route towards the ending feels contrived and therefore not very satisfying. So my copy of the book is going to the charity shop, though judging by the much more enthusiastic reviews, it shouldn't be long on the shelf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok...nothing fantastic 4 Aug. 2010
By cat123
I think this was a reasonably easy read.

Despite all the rave reviews I'm afraid I only give it 3 stars, due to its lack of excitement in the book, an never actually peaking in the story. However maybe for an older age group (myself only being 20)it would be a great read as i dont quite grasp the phase of David Cassidy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like her previous book 12 Oct. 2010
By H.Bee
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read this because I thoroughly enjoyed her previous book I Don't Know How She Does It: Kate Reddy. But this is nothing like the previous book, it has no pace, and I didn't find it funny or compelling, it was disjointed and predictable. Even the Welsh references did nothing for me and I spent part of my child hood in South Wales.
I can see that if you were a teenager in the '70s and especially if you were a Cassidy fan you might like this (as other reviewers say) but I wasn't and it left me cold.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a let down 14 Aug. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After the joys of "I Don't Know How She Does It" with its pithy, dark humour and cracking pace, I couldn't wait for my pre-ordered copy to arrive. What a disappointment. I tried - and tried - but gave up half way through and it's now on the charity shop pile. Life's too short and I'll never get those hours back. It was stodgy, slow and decidedly unfunny and unfortunately, it seems (to me anyway) that Ms. Pearson has lost her touch.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Promising, but doesn't quite deliver 3 Nov. 2013
I bought the book on the strength of Allison Pearson's "I don't know how she does it", in which I very much enjoyed the writing even if there wasn't much of a plot.

The book is split in two- past and present.

Although David Cassidy was famous before my time, I very much identified with the descriptions of teenage angst, including the hero worship of a male figure and the challenging dynamics of teenage girls' relationships. I thought it was very well captured and accurately describes what it is like to be a teenage girl in any era. The description in the past part of the book hints that there is something big to come between Petra, Sharon and Gillian but it never quite happens, which is bit of an anticlimax.

The second part of the book however, I found unconvincing. I felt that the author was trying too hard to endow Petra with all these philosophical musings, which made it harder for the reader to identify and sympathise with the protagonist. I would have liked to have found out more about what happened to Gillian, who plays such a major role in the first half of the book, but it only gave a brief summary of what happened to her. The second half would have been improved by Gillian's presence!

Sharon is quite charming in the first half of the book, but in the later part she is slightly irritating and not quite believable.

I wasn't at all convinced by Bill and Petra's romance in the second half. It all felt contrived and as if story was forced to have a happy ending.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 20 days ago by gego
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great - realistic characters, fun plot and a great story! What more does a gal need?
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars You HAVE to have been a David Cassidy Fan
Yep! To enjoy this book you have to be able to relate to it and, in my opinion you can only do that if you were a David Cassidy Fan. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Yvette Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Started well but failed to deliver
I thoroughly enjoyed the first half [set in 1974, when the main character [Petra] is 13 and an avid David Cassidy fan, but the second half [1998] was nowhere near as good and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms. K. J. Waghorn
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 6 months ago by mrs r bray
5.0 out of 5 stars Where have you gone David?
I loved this book. I loved and grew up with David Cassidy - such a shame he has fallen on hard times now. As the book says, we never wanted to pity him when he grew old. Read more
Published 11 months ago by T Gordon
1.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing weak story line
Really disappointed with this 2nd book by Allison Pearson. I was expecting the same humour and quality of writing that I found in 'I don't know how she does it' but the story line... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alison L White
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
This was a prompt and good service, I was surprised to find the book as it was suggested to me and I didn't think I would be lucky enough , but hey I was . Thank yoi
Published 17 months ago by Sparky
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Look Back At The 1970's
Had read so many positive reviews of this book from others who grew up the 1970's that I kept it as as special treat to read while I was away on holidy. Read more
Published 18 months ago by jg
3.0 out of 5 stars David Cassidy fans will love it :)
If you are a child of the 1970s and experienced David Cassidy mania, you'll 'get' this book and it will transport you back to those times. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Alice Huskisson
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