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If you are looking for anything 80's related, you won't find it here. While it randomly mentions Hughes and his movies, it doesn't have anything to do with him. In fact, the author wasn't even a teen in the 80's.
What it is- a memoir about an abused child who turns into a lost teen who turns into an adult finding his place in the world. It's a coming of age story that is quite good. Though the author does have a habit of being overly descriptive, and some of it is depressing, I found it to be enjoyable.
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The author loves to quote John Hughes, so I have one for him...
"And by the way, you know, when, when you're telling these little stories, here's a good idea. Have a point."
This story is pointless. It's an auto-biographical account of the author's futile attempt at writing a biography of John Hughes, which he fails at miserably, essentially because he can't muster the wherewithal to interview people that would give his project legitimacy. Numerous people try to help him along the way, but still it is a lost cause. So instead he writes a story about the writing (or non-writing) of this failed project and how tough his life has been, which isn't at all interesting imo. His book fails because it fails to answer the essential question: "why should I care about this story?" I mean I feel a little bad for this guy and all he's gone through, but he doesn't convince me that there is anything redeeming there, so in the end I just don't care.
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