I Think I Love You

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ISBN: 9781400076918
Availability: Special Order
Published: Anchor - September 6th, 2011

I recommend this book. Pearson evokes perfectly the passions of fan-dom, as well as the setting of a girls' life in blue collar, 70s England. She portrays well that supercharged energy that is generated among girls 11-14 when they fall passionately in love with a media star. It's a demographic generally considered not worth anyone's serious consideration - just a bunch of silly (worthless?) girly business. Except 1. it is big business and 2. why don't we take a look at these very intense feelings and try to understand them in the bigger picture, as we did w the boys' relationships in Lord of the Flies? Pearson contends w this question obliquely - as she said in her interview, she can't really put her finger on what elements contribute to this phenomenon or what it reflects. It would do the book an injustice to call it a "Beach read" which many will do because the protagonists are not male, but it would be fun to read on a beach! Or by the fire on a snowy day. And then discuss with others who have read it. ~ Reviewed by Heather Bellanca

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