Allison Pearson's I Think I Love You is her second novel, and I was a little hesitant about it. However, my friend G assured me that it wouldn't irritate me as did her debut, I Don't Know How She Does It. (There are a lot of pressures in being a working mom, especially one whose kids inhabit a world with many stay at home moms, and Pearson's protagonist wasn't the first person in the modern world to confront them, despite the self-congratulatory tone. Pearson is such a deft writer, and funny, which made the flaws all the more aggravating.) This moves to new ground, which is explored with a kindness which is nevertheless unflinching. Here, Petra is one of thousands of 13 year old girls in 1974 obsessed with David Cassidy. Her obsession with the pop star is tied to her mother's disapproval of anything not high culture, and her attempts to find a place for herself within the hierarchy of popular girls in her small Welsh town. The second half of the action takes place when Petra has her own 13 year old daughter, and very effectively holds a mirror up to the early parts of the story.