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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,100 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allison Pearson Narrator: Sian Thomas Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9780307747532
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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.

Permissions Acknowledgments
 
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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • It was impossible not to be captivated by this romantic comedy. Chicago Tribune
     
  • A delightful, giddy novel. . . . [Pearson] finds those universal chords, the stuff of great novels. Los Angeles Times 
     
  • What I Don't Know How She Does It did for working mothers, I Think I Love You does for every woman who’s gone through life with an idealized notion of love. . . . An entertaining, thoughtful story that women of any age can relate to. The Oregonian 
  • Read this if you remember plastering your walls with your idol’s posters, singing along with the radio or screaming at a concert. . . . Whimsically sweet. Newark Star-Ledger
     
  • Flawless and funny. . . . Manages to inhabit the tricky territory of the adolescent mind so convincingly that you can almost hear your own teenage self speaking. The Daily Telegraph (London)
     
  • Too young to have saved your Friday nights for The Partridge Family? You’ll still enjoy this insightful story about how our youthful passions shape who we become. People
     
  • [A] deceptively sparkly book. . . . Does for the pop crush what Nick Hornby has done for football and vinyl, but Pearson, the voice of a generation of frazzled women who think perfection is within their grasp, has added something extra to the mix. The Sunday Times (London)
     
  • Charming. The New York Post
     
  • Reading this book made me remember what it was like to be in love. . . . 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 the neck stand up. Liz Jones, Evening Standard (London)
     
  • Pearson knows how to capture emotion, from adolescent infatuation to grownup devastation. The Miami Herald
     
  • I Think I Love You . . . delves deeply into celebrity obsession, adolescence and motherhood. . . . Anyone who has ever loved a celebrity they’ve never met will appreciate this book. Bookreporter.com
  • Pearson writes with such humor and affection for her characters. . . . Combines effervescence with earnestness, a finely tuned sense of absurdity with nostalgia, satiric wit with genuine warmth. The New York Times 
     
  • Anyone who ever swooned over the pages of Teen Beat will delight in the premise of I Think I Love You. . . . Offers comedic relief of the highest order. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
     
  • [A] funny, tender novel about first love—and whether we ever really grow out of it. O, The Oprah Magazine
  • Pearson renders teenagedom with authenticity and poignancy. . . . Lovely. The Washington Post
     
  • An absolute hoot. . . . Another gem. Newsweek
     
  • I Think I Love You will have special resonance for baby boomers who experienced the early 1970s as young teens. . . . But Pearson’s empathetic portrait of Petra transcends the era, as does Petra’s tender recollection of her first, unobtainable love. The Wall Street Journal
  • Pearson grabs 1970s nostalgia by its weepy, pop-culture heartstrings in I Think I Love You, an homage to teen crushes. . . . Sweetly told. USA Today
     
  • [Petra] is the beating heart of the story, quick with nostalgic references and the bewitching, heartbroken thrills that come close to the urgency of first love. The Daily Beast
     
  • Capture[s] the heady intensity of a teenage crush. . . . If you were a David Cassidy fan yourself, you may find that the book is enough to fuel a trip down memory lane. The Boston Globe
     
  • Pitch-perfect. . . . Insightful, funny. . . . A tasty and surprising stew. . . . Hits the right notes. The Plain Dealer
  • If you’ve ever been a teenage girl, you know exactly how the desperation feels and maybe understand why it was so hard for me at the age of 48 to restrain myself when Cassidy walked by. If you don’t understand the phenomenon, read Pearson’s book for some entertaining insight. Catherine Mallette, The Dallas Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
  • Petra has a piercing wit and a boundless charm, but it’s Pearson’s insights into friendship, celebrity worship from the inside out, and the knocks you take in life that create a winning novel of hope, lost and found. Publisher’s Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen Mandly | 2/17/2014

    " Gave up on it -- just not my cup of tea, and I was that kid of the 70's / David Cassidy fan - I think it was the Welsh slang, too much to read and nothing about this was grabbing me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikki | 2/16/2014

    " After skipping the majority of the interview between David and the author the book came to an abrupt end. It was ok. Part 2 was obscure , but concluded it I suppose. A book that didn't need thought or effort to read, but not a gripping page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam O'Heren | 2/13/2014

    " A real joy! Takes you back to your own "teen idol" phase. Remove David Cassidy and insert whomever you had hanging all over your walls at age 13 and laugh right along with these girls-turned-bawdy wonderful women. I highly recommend the audio version (although the Welsh accents are much better than the American ones!) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 2/10/2014

    " Sheesh. Allison Pearson had a perfectly serviceable coming-of-age story going, then she ruined it by tacking on a boring middle-age woman crisis. This is exactly why chick lit has a bad name. Not the worst I've read, but definitely going on the swap list TODAY. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison Petchell | 2/5/2014

    " Absolutely loved the first two thirds of this book but once it shifted to current day narrative I found myself just pushing through for the sake of it. Cleverly written and evoked strong images of my teenage years "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angie | 1/22/2014

    " Ohhh...this book was a killer to get through. First off I didn't connect with any of the characters. It was hard to follow which story she was trying to tell. When you started to get into an experience Petra or Bill were having she would tell you the story and then move on with out explaining how it ended. You just assumed what occurred and moved on to more baffling facts. After page about 120 I would just read a few lines per page because I just didn't care about the them and their whining!!! Finally, the story picked up and all came together at about page 277. So you only really need to read the last 50 pages! I am glad it's over! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judy | 1/3/2014

    " Could have been a cute story, but poorly done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 1/3/2014

    " I think she is an excellent writer and the teenage years of the protagonist and her and her friends' passion for David Cassidy, are poignant and hilarious. Gossipy sort that I am, I also like the fact that Allison Pearson in married to the brilliant Anthony Lane, film critic for The New Yorker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 12/5/2013

    " I chose to read this book because I LOVED "I Don't Know How She Does It." That was definitely a 5-star book. This one is not as good, but still a fun and entertaining read. No deep thinking needed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 9/17/2013

    " I listened to the book. The actress' British accent was very dull. I kept having to pinch myself awake during my commute. But, I really enjoyed the story, despite missing the whole David Cassidy fandom. I am sucker for "I think I love you." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Clark | 6/6/2013

    " I was in love with David Cassidy too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 5/18/2013

    " Such a fun read especially if you had a crush on teen heartthrob David Cassidy in the 1970s. I was more into his brother Shaun, but I so enjoyed remembering how important these crushes were and the friendships that were forged as a result of worshipping a pop star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 10/20/2012

    " Holding off on rating until after book club. You're welcome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 7/28/2012

    " So much fun to read for anyone who was a young teenager during this time period (including me!) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nikki Young | 6/6/2012

    " I did not like this. I am not really sure why I didn't just quit reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nanette Kastner | 10/18/2011

    " I adored this book! It is perfect chick lit. I recommend all women to read this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 KJ Dellantonia | 8/20/2011

    " Oh, man, it's not you, Ms. Pearson, it's me. On the one hand, I don't have the patience for something as light and fun as this, no matter how well written. On the other hand, it's not like I want to read really deep dark stuff, either. I'm adding a shelf for "stuck halfway through." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherwestonstec | 8/4/2011

    " This was a totally fun book to read! Even though i was not a huge David Cassidy fan i could relate to this book, anyone who has ever had a crush on a music guy will! It was fun and a really good story too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julianne Harvey | 5/8/2011

    " Great read. Fast, emotional, totally spot on about teenage obsession and the feeling of futility that comes as you approach middle age. "

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About the Author
Author Allison Pearson

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 bestseller and was made into a movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Pearson is a patron of Camfed, a charity that supports the education of thousands of African girls. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and their two children.

About the Narrator

Sian Thomas, actress and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, was nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for her role in Up for Grabs. She appeared as Amelia Bones in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.