15 March 2011

"I Think I Love You"

In I Think I Love You, a new novel by journalist Allison Pearson, a grown woman has the chance to finally meet the demigod of her teenaged dreams, David Cassidy, a quarter-century after the peak of her idolatry. Pearson based it on fulfilling her own childhood crush on Cassidy when she was asked to interview him in 2004.

"David Cassidy was about to turn fifty-four ... twenty years older than that beautiful boy millions of girls like me believed we were in love with. That comparison was clearly a source of pain to him."

This might sound like old territory because he's already published an autobiography, but the auto didn't have this novel's afterword, which includes a transcript of their interview and made the book worth the purchase price for me both as a former journalist and a former DC fan. If you have a chance, give it a look sometime.

Even if you were never a 13-year-old girl crushed on David Cassidy or a 24-year-old megastar, you'll probably appreciate and learn a few things from the afterword's conversation between two intelligent and thoughtful people looking back on a surreal life totally at odds with the young man who lived it. (Not just Cassidy -- he talks about the extreme effect it had on Michael Jackson, too.)

For all of the revelations in those 12 pages, this is the one that left me wishing for a parallel TV universe: "'On The Partridge Family they didn't let me play Hendrix's Voodoo Chile ... that's what I was playing at home. I was playing B.B. King.'"

Keith Partridge jammin' on Hendrix. Reuben Kincaid's apoplexy would have been terminal.

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