First of all, what's not to love about a book with a hot pink cover? To make it even better, Jason Diamond then references movies from the 1980s that impacted his life - the same movies that I watched while I was a tween that I recall fondly.
Jason Diamond's memoir has been reviewed by a few different book-ish people that I enjoy listening to. Liberty and Rebecca on All The Books know Diamond and gave this memoir a thumbs up. And Ti on Book Chatter also reviewed Searching For John Hughes. She has the same connection to John Hughes movies that I do, having grown up watching Vacation, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club.
Diamond is too young to have watched some of these movies as they were released. However, he still feels a connection to Hughes' movies and the man who had his finger on the pulse of being a teenager in the 1980s.
Diamond writes of his own rocky childhood marked by his parents' divorce, his diagnosis of ADD, ADHD, and a few other things that led him to counseling.
As an adult he moves from Chicago to New York, then back to Chicago. He researches the life of John Hughes, determined to write the biography of this movie icon.
Searching for John Hughes is not a biography of Hughes, but it is a cleverly written memoir by Diamond as he is able to connect Hughes' movies to his own life.
Diamond shares some pretty deep stuff in his memoir, yet his writing and the way he connects it to Hughes lightens it up a bit. This is a memoir anyone will enjoy, but many readers in my age range will certainly feel a connection to Diamond and understand his connection to John Hughes.
Thanks to TLC Books for providing a copy of this book for my review. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
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