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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (742 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jancee Dunn Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781455190409
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Jancee Dunn won fans and hearts with her sparkling memoir But Enough about Me, detailing her transition from small-town square to hip journalist in the rocking 1980s. Now she channels her wit and humor into a story of the clash of cultures in the distinctive era in which she grew up.

Lillian Curtis, a thirty-something high-powered New York City television producer, finds her past and present colliding when she moves back in with her parents after a devastating divorce. There, in her old room, time seems frozen in 1988, with a Rick Springfield tape still on her dresser and Duran Duran posters hanging on the wall. Now, after twenty years away, she is forced to confront not only her ’80s nostalgia but also all the people she thought she’d left behind, including her high-school boyfriend.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dunn’s deft sense of pacing and her old-fashioned niceness make Don’t You Forget about Me a breezy, entertaining summer read that never insults the reader’s intelligence.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “An eminently readable debut novel…Those looking for a summer read with substance—especially women whose teenage days coincided with Ronald Reagan and Wham!—should look no further.”

    New Jersey Star-Ledger

  • “Steeped in ’80s-era references, the flashback elements of Lily’s tale are breezy, reliably tacky fun…but unexpected moments of tenderness give the story heart.”

    People

  • “[A] first-class piece of reunion lit…Dunn’s delicious wit enlivens this sparkling dramedy, depicting the perils of trying to recapture a John Hughes–era past that doesn’t belong in the present.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/16/2014

    " Some parts of this book were simply fantastic (the author nailed the feeling of high school suburbia), but the main character never quite gelled for me. (How does a bitchy high school party girl morph into a delightfully wacky semi-recluse? The two sentence exploration didn't really do it for me.) The end felt very abrupt as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/15/2014

    " i loved dunn's memoir. even though the cover and marketing of this book deterred me, i read it anyway. it was entertaining and funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandi | 2/4/2014

    " I was a bit disappointed in this one because I kept hearing how funny it was... I didn't find it all that funny. I couldn't stop thinking how pathetic Lillian was and how I found her really unlikeable. That said, it was a quick mindless read and that's what I needed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/29/2014

    " As a child of the 80s (I graduated in 1990), I enjoyed the flashback aspect of this novel. The music, the clothes, the teenage dramas.[return][return]However, the story seemed to drag on forever, full of constant, unnecessary name-dropping from the 80s. And Lillian started to get on my nerves, she was so intent on reliving her high school days. I wanted to yell at her a couple times to just grow up and move on already! What 38-year-old woman would act like this?[return][return]It was predictable too, as you just knew that Lillian would once again dump her not-so-cool friend to hang out with the popular girls at the reunion. And that she would miss the signs from the quiet, but good guy while she craved the attentions of the moody but popular bad boy who treated her like crap. Please.[return][return]Overall, I was somewhat disappointed. It was light reading, and had funny moments, but the main character was just too annoying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/28/2014

    " I love this woman's voice. She'd be the woman at playgroup that you'd want to be friends with five minutes after meeting her. Hilarious, quick witted, self-deprecating in the healthiest way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/19/2014

    " A women's husband leaves her and she looks for solace by moving back in with her parents are re-living high school by going to her reunion and hooking up with her self absorbed high school boyfriend. Kind of nastalgic, somewhat boring. I mean who would want to go back to high school?? NOt me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Ehlers | 1/17/2014

    " A cute and entertaining fantasy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renee | 12/8/2013

    " Did not enjoy this book. Forced myself to read until the end because I wanted to see if she got the guy. Glad THIS one was a library book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Starrlp | 10/28/2013

    " Not a great book but an easy read and takes no time at all to get through. Predictable and weak story line but still fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bednarzterry | 9/30/2013

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as Jancee's memoir.. but it was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/9/2013

    " Just finished listening to this. Total, trashy, chick lit. It kept my attention and was a good audiobook but wouldn't have read it. I like audiobooks that are light but keep me entertained while I do household chores, drive around, etc. This was quite good for that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 5/10/2013

    " A story of a woman who gets divorced, moves back in with her parents and then regresses to her 17 year old self. Could have been better but there just wasn't enough substance to the book. It seemed to loosely constructed to me with not much of a plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allison | 2/15/2013

    " Even for chick-lit, this was really dumb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/6/2013

    " This is a fun book to read if you have recently had a class reunion or have one coming up. I think I thought the book would be funnier but it was still a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimbra | 7/15/2012

    " So far, I enjoy this book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 6/11/2012

    " This is an interesting read about a woman who goes through a divorce, attends her 20-year class reunion and for a time, goes back to 1988. This is well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Chick | 3/19/2012

    " A funny flashback to the Eighties. A book about the importance of your best girlfriends and the temporary nature of desire and romantic love! More satisfying than drinking a tab! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/28/2012

    " I was looking for something silly and light, and I certainly found it. This story is about a 20 year reunion and whether a person can go back and reclaim adolescence (and whether you would really want that). Unfortunately, the characters were weak, and the plot was thin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruthanne | 2/1/2012

    " This book was kinda fun to read in that I also graduated in 1988 and it was funny to remember some of the crazier fads. Unlike the main character, one could not pay me enough money to relive my high school years. A light chick-lit read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mk | 9/10/2011

    " When the book started I really liked it but as it went on I started disliking the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 3/23/2011

    " I like the positive reference to The Cure. ;) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmen | 1/27/2011

    " I did not like this book. It dragged on and never really grabbed my attention. And I hated the ending! It was so anti climatic. Not worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pattie | 1/11/2011

    " I actually enjoyed this one. I think it said a lot about how we 80s high school grads tend to romanticize our high school years, forgetting about how hard it really was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 10/28/2010

    " A must read for anyone who glorifies their high school days! (they weren't as great as you may remember!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/25/2010

    " I loved this book!! It is a quick read that is witty, funny and makes you look back on your high school years and wonder about what could have been! If you are between 28 and 38 you would really get a kick out of this book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 9/25/2010

    " A cute and entertaining fantasy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 9/13/2010

    " The best part of this book was all of the 80's references. The main character is annoying. She needs to grow up and quit living in the past. I thought it was very weird that she kept everything from high school including the notes her friends wrote. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 4/28/2010

    " I really enjoyed the first part of this book, not so much the last. The charachter turned out to be someone i did not like and her background not really explained... "

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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Jancee Dunn grew up in Chatham, New Jersey. She is the author of five books, including a memoir, a children's book, and Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. Her essay collection, Why Does My Mother Have A Tattoo? was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Parents. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.