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by Jenny Colgan

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The third novel by the Sunday times bestselling author of Amanda's Wedding 'I'm wearing a beautiful pink dress, and I'm in a big pink room with billowing curtains...and I'm dancing to Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark...and my handsome partner leans over and whispers... 'Yes, 80s child Ellie really thought life was going to be like Pretty in Pink, St Elmo's Fire and all those other movies - where everyone was astoundingly glamorous, popular, successful, had huge apartments and lived happily ever after. But now that she and her gang are thirty, she has to admit that things haven't quite turned out that way. When did horrible flats, difficult relationships and menaningless jobs take over?And, more importantly, what happened to the coolest, wisest, most inspirational Brat Packer of them all? Where is Andrew McCarthy now? Did life fulfil its promise for him? Is he happy on Channel 5? Surely he, of all people, can tell Ellie what to do about her thirty-angst? Determined to get her idol to unravel some of life's great mysteries, Ellie sets out, unwillingly accompanied by her best friend Julia, on a quest across the USA, from LA to New York to find him. It's an unlikely epic, by turns hilarious, romantic and downright uncomfortable - but, helped by a cast of thousands, of whom Frosty the Giant Pig is probably the least improbable, they do find some answers, although not the ones they expected… (more)
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One of the earlier books, the characters are not as believable as the later ones, but still very likeable (mostly). A holiday read as it is easy on the brain! The central characters are a little too shallow, and their trip across the states to find the 80s star of the title is(at the start and finish) a little too unbelievable, but then isn't that the point of a light hearted read? Not a bad book by any means, just not one of her best... ( )
  peelap | Feb 3, 2019 |
I enjoyed this because of all the 80s nostalgia. Andrew McCarthy was always my favourite brat packer - this book takes me on a trip back in time, but I think you'd have to be an 80s/Andrew McCarthy/Jenny Colgan fan to really like it. ( )
  pb_29 | Sep 27, 2010 |
I just couldn't get into this book! I didn't even finish it. ( )
  MissSammie | Jul 17, 2010 |
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This book is dedicated to the girls I first watched these films with, particularly Queen Margaret's finest: Katrina McCormack, Karen Murphy and Alison Woodall. (I was going to include some Nightmare on Elm Street stuff, but I reckoned we'd get too frightened.)
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The third novel by the Sunday times bestselling author of Amanda's Wedding 'I'm wearing a beautiful pink dress, and I'm in a big pink room with billowing curtains...and I'm dancing to Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark...and my handsome partner leans over and whispers... 'Yes, 80s child Ellie really thought life was going to be like Pretty in Pink, St Elmo's Fire and all those other movies - where everyone was astoundingly glamorous, popular, successful, had huge apartments and lived happily ever after. But now that she and her gang are thirty, she has to admit that things haven't quite turned out that way. When did horrible flats, difficult relationships and menaningless jobs take over?And, more importantly, what happened to the coolest, wisest, most inspirational Brat Packer of them all? Where is Andrew McCarthy now? Did life fulfil its promise for him? Is he happy on Channel 5? Surely he, of all people, can tell Ellie what to do about her thirty-angst? Determined to get her idol to unravel some of life's great mysteries, Ellie sets out, unwillingly accompanied by her best friend Julia, on a quest across the USA, from LA to New York to find him. It's an unlikely epic, by turns hilarious, romantic and downright uncomfortable - but, helped by a cast of thousands, of whom Frosty the Giant Pig is probably the least improbable, they do find some answers, although not the ones they expected

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Ellie has to admit that life as a grown-up isn't what she expected.

She wanted: a penthouse apartment with billowing curtains and an impossibly handsome and sensitive man - preferably her teen idol Andrew McCarthy, 80's Brat Pack movie star.

She got: a poky flat shared with a Big Bastard who isn't even her boyfriend, and a sense that, somehow, things haven't gone according to plan for her and her friends. Julia won't marry her boyfriend, because he's way too nice, and Siobhan thinks that salvation can be found in the aisles of Ikea.

But perhaps the coolest wisest Brat Packer of them all can tell them where they went wrong? Armed only with the homicidally grumpy Julia, two weeks' supply of cheez whizz and an irrepressible optimism, Ellie sets off to Hollywood to find Andrew McCarthy and get the answers to life's big questions.

She hopes...
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