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The flashy gum ball pink cover of the book, our relating so well to her previous work (I Don’t Know How She Does It) and an NPR interview with Allison Pearson had each of us hankering to read Pearson’s I Think I Love You. So we did.
We appreciated this poignant tale whose laugh out loud moments reminded us that no matter how far you travel, you’re never too far removed from your teenage self. And, as a bonus, when reading about David Cassidy you just can’t help but “come on, get happy” (think Partridge Family theme song).
This got us thinking about other “coming of age” books that we love. Of the thousands to choose from, we selected to re-read An Abundance of Katherines by John Green and E.L. Konisberg’s The View From Saturday. And thus, a theme was born: we realized all three books involve road trips, focus on young love and have characters trying their darndest to mature.
An Abundance of Katherines takes the reader on the road from Chicago to Tennessee with Colin a boy cursed with a heart broken 18 times by girls named Katherine. Fortunately, Colin’s best friend Hassan decides that this affliction can only be cured by a road trip. You will love their trip, their friendship and their attempts to break the curse of the Katherines using math, travel and often sophomoric humor.
We both adore books by E.L. Konisberg and count From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler among our favorite books of all time. However, for this show we chose The View From Saturday. This book won the Newberry in 1996 (30 years after she won for The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler further endearing her as one of our idols). It chronicles four members (and their unique teacher) of an extraordinarily successful 6th-grade quiz bowl team who are initially “stuck” with each other but grow to appreciate each other and all the quirks people bring to relationships. They learn humor and affection save the day. Their road trip is to the state championship.
So there you have it – three great books about love, road trips, growing up and having fun along the way. ENJOY!
p.s. There is a road trip (or shall we say ‘train trip”) in “I Think I Love You” but you’ll have to read it to find out more!