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Wales, 1974. Petra and Sharon, two 13-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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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By k. on 02-21-11
NPR loved it and so did i
i was 'way too cool for david cassidy and i hate chick lit with a passion. the NPR review made me take a look at this and i am so glad i downloaded it. the book is rich and wise and beautifully written and by far the "adult" half of the novel is the richest. the narrator is absolutely terrific. and surprise, when i listened to the afterword interview by the author with david cassidy,i came away with enormous respect for him. NOT fluffy chick or teen lit!!!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Kathy on 09-03-12
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The story was silly. Also, could have been cut in half (if not more). Spent pages and pages and agonizing pages talking about two young girls obsession with David Cassidy and much less time on who these women were as adults (which was much more interesting!). Did a similar thing when telling us about Bill's life - pages and pages and pages of information that did not add to the book. It took me weeks to get through the book because I kept falling asleep!
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
The poor woman tried but not much you can do with a silly story.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful