Searching for John Hughes

Searching for John Hughes

Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know About Life I Learned From Watching '80s Movies

Book - 2016
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"In Searching for John Hughes, Jason tells how a Jewish kid from a broken home in a Chicago suburb--sometimes homeless, always restless--found comfort and connection in the likewise broken lives in the suburban Chicago of John Hughes' oeuvre. He moved to New York to become a writer. He started to write a book he had no business writing. In the meantime, he brewed coffee and guarded cupcake cafes. All the while, he watched John Hughes movies religiously." Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062424839
0062424831
Characteristics: 285, 8 pages ; 21 cm

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lukasevansherman
Aug 22, 2017

You know, I thought this would be a shallow, but fun read. Instead, it's dreary and self-involved. The tiny "a memoir" note on the cover should've been a clue. Like a lot of us who grew up in the 80s, Jason Diamond, who writes for Rollingstone.com (Another clue.), watched a lot of John Hughes movies. But this is less about John Hughes movies and more about Diamond's life and his personal relationship to the Hughes canon. I suppose he needed the Hughes angle to sell what is a familiar and poorly written memoir. I think there could be an interesting book about 80s movies, but this isn't it. A potentially interesting theme (Race in Hughes films.) is reduced to a parenthesis about how offensive Long Duk Dong from "Sixteen Candles" is. "Life Moves Pretty Fast" and "Back to Our Future" mine similar territory, although the latter is the most insightful.

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azay
Jun 06, 2017

To quote an Amazon reviewer: "I wanted to know more about John Hughes and his various movies - not the author's life drama." That sums up my feelings about this book that might have better served as a personal journal for the author to work on healing his relationship with his divorced parents.
The writing suffered from lack of editing; here's a run-on sentence example from a chapter opening: "Life, for my first few years in New York, was largely lived in bars. Everything else was my job I didn't like which I did to make money while I wasn't trying to write." Huh!?
The chapters, such as they were, had no titles or seeming logic.
I suggest instead watching a John Hughes film.

JCLOctavia Feb 06, 2017

The book was okay but it slows down half way thru and I had trouble finishing it. But the book does have a happy ending if you stick with it.

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