Mixed Beans

Book Review: “I Think I Love You” by Allison Pearson

It’s 2011, and we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of Bieber fever, when the mere announcement of the year’s biggest heartthrob getting a haircut causes a stir, and the fact that he lost the Best New Artist Grammy to a little-known jazz bassist created an uproar amongst his fans.  At the same time, we are looking forward this Sunday to the season premiere of Celebrity Apprentice, which features one David Cassidy as a contestant.  So, there is probably no time like the present to dig into a novel like I Think I Love You.

Think, for a minute, of the kind of hysteria that might have occurred had today’s technology existed in the early 70s, when David Cassidy stood in Justin Beiber’s spot.  Even without it, Cassidy’s popularity was beyond measure among girls 12-17, a demographic who will buy anything their disposable income will allow, as long as their One True Love endorses it, and who hang on their every word and whim, hoping their fantasies will somehow come true.

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