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I Think I Love You

by Allison Pearson

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | April 17, 2013 | Hardcover |

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: April 17, 2013

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1400042356

ISBN - 13: 9781400042357

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I Think I Love You

I Think I Love You

by Allison Pearson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: April 17, 2013

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1400042356

ISBN - 13: 9781400042357

About the Book

In 1974 Wales, 13-year-old Petra and her friend, Sharon, are obsessed with a contest whose winners will be flown to America to meet their teen idol, David Cassidy. In 1998 London, Petra is pushing 40 and on the brink of divorce. While cleaning out her mother's closet, she finds a letter her mother had intercepted declaring her the winner of the contest. The girls reunite for an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to meet their teen idol at last.

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9781400042357|excerpt Pearson: I THINK I LOVE YOU 1 His favorite color was brown. Brown was such a sophisticated color, a quiet and modest sort of color. Not like purple, which was Donny’s favorite. I wouldn’t be seen dead in purple. Or in a Donny cap. How much would you have to like a boy before you went out wearing a stupid purple peaked cap? Honest, it’s amazing the things you can know about someone you don’t know. I knew the date of his birth—April 12, 1950. He was a typical Aries, but without the Arian’s stub?bornness. I knew his height and his weight and his favorite drink, 7Up. I knew the names of his parents and his stepmother, the Broadway musical star. I knew all about his love of horses, which made perfect sense to me because when you’re that famous it must be comforting to be around someone who doesn’t know or care what famous is. I knew the instrument he learned to play when he was lonely. Drums. I knew the name of the dog he left behind when he had to move away from New Jersey. I knew that when he was a boy he was small for his age and he had a squint and had to wear an eye patch and corrective glasses, which must have been hard. Harder than for a girl even. I didn’t wear my glasses if I could help it. Only in class for the blackboard, though I couldn’t see well without them and it got me into trouble a few times when I smiled in the street at total strangers I mistook for members of my family. A few ye
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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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

“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    “It was impossible not to be captivated by this romantic comedy.” — Chicago Tribune   “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 emp
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Bookclub Guide

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.

1. What do you think this novel is about--love, illusion, friendship?

2. On page 21, Zelda says to Bill, "Fantasy is an important part of growing up." How does this prove true for Petra? And for Bill?

3. Why does the author include articles from The Essential David Cassidy Magazine? What point is Pearson making?

4. "Honestly, it's amazing the things you can know about someone you don't know" (page 31). Bill knows facts about David Cassidy because it's his job. Why do the girls study David so closely?

5. The girls lie to each other out of adolescent fear. Why does Bill lie to Ruth?

6. "You chose the kind of friends you wanted because you hoped you could be like them and not like you." Reread the last paragraph on page 136. How does it compare to Carrie's thoughts on friendship at the top of page 200?

7. What does Petra learn about her friends at White City? What does she learn from her mother's response?

8. Discuss the pair of epigraphs on the opening page of Part Two, page 167. What impression do you get from their juxtaposition?

9. On page 197, Petra thinks about hiraeth, the yearning for home. How does this relate to what ultimately happens with Sharon? With Bill?

10. What has Petra learned about motherhood from her own mother? In what ways is she like Greta?

11. How does Sharon help Petra get over Marcus?

12. "Never underestimate the wish not to know," Bill says to Petra on page 235. What does he mean? How does this apply to both Bill and Petra?

13. What is the significance of Petra's work with Ashley, the Girl That Nobody Loves? How does music heal Petra?

14. What did Bill get out of "being" David Cassidy? How did it benefit him, and how did it harm him?

15. On page 280, Sharon likens her faith in The Essential David Cassidy Magazine to belief in the Bible. What does she mean? Were the girls choosing to believe?

16. Why does Petra take Bill's revelation about his work as a betrayal? Why doesn't Sharon?

17. On page 304, Petra realizes her feelings about Greta have changed. What brings about this shift?

18. Why doesn't Pearson take us inside the women's meeting with David?

19. How does Pearson's afterword affect your feelings toward the novel as a whole?

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