Friday, March 19, 2010

Friday Finds

I saw this book on someone's blog...I am sorry to say I don't remember whose blog it was. The title caught my eye because it is the name of a song that was popular back in the 80's....and sure enough, the story is about someone going to their high school reunion, Class of 1988. This sounds like a cute read!


After earning rave reviews with her rock-and-roll memoir But Enough About Me, Jancee Dunn takes on fiction in this comically poignant debut, a perfect read for anyone who has ever looked back nostalgically and wondered what might have been.

At thirty-eight, Lillian Curtis is content with her life. She enjoys her routine as a producer for a talk show in New York City starring showbiz veteran Vi (“short for vibrant”) Barbour, a spirited senior. Lillian’s relationship with her husband is pleasant if no longer exciting. Most nights she is more than happy to come home to her apartment and crawl into her pajamas. Then she’s hit with a piece of shocking news: Her husband wants a divorce.

Blindsided, Lillian takes a leave of absence and moves back to her parents’ home in suburban New Jersey. Nestled in her childhood bedroom, where Duran Duran and Squeeze posters still cover the walls, she finds high school memories a healing salve to her troubles. She hurtles backward into her teen years, driving too fast, digging up mix tapes, and tentatively reconciling with Dawn, a childhood friend she once betrayed. Punctuating her stroll down memory lane is an invitation to the Bethel Memorial High School class of 1988 twenty-year reunion. It just might be Lillian’s chance to reconnect with her long-lost boyfriend, Christian Somers, who is expected to attend. Will it be just like heaven?

Lillian discovers, as we all must, the pitfalls of glorifying the glory days, the mortification of failing as a thirtysomething adult, and the impossibility of fully recapturing the past. Don’t You Forget About Me is for anyone who looks back and wonders: What if?

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (July 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034550190X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345501905
What did YOU find today?


Jeanne C. said...

Ha! I laughed when I saw Duran Duran! I'm going to have to give this one a go! Thanks!

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

It has a cute cover!

Alayne said...

Sounds like a really fun read, and the cover is adorable.

My Friday Find is at The Crowded Leaf. I'm also seeing if anyone would be intersted in an Alice Hoffman challenge!

Alyce said...

I actually have this one on my shelf but haven't read it yet.

MarceJ said...

Missy, this one sounds like you, a great choice, enjoy it.

Teresa said...

I'm adding this to my ever growing list right now. Thanks!

purplg8r said...

This looks cute...I'm gonna add it to my WL

gautami tripathy said...

I used to listen to Duran Duran a lifetime ago!


Friday Find: Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

Lisa said...

I just love the cover of this one--glad to hear the inside makes picking this one up worth it.


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