Searching for John Hughes by Jason Diamond
advanced reading copy; 304 pages
trade paperback ISBN-13: 9780062424839
Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching '80s Movies
by Jason Diamond
is a very highly recommended coming-of-age memoir about growing up in
Chicago and New York, and a poignant look at following your dreams.
After viewing his first Hughes movie, Jason Diamond was hooked. He felt
as if the writer/director understood him and he knew through Hughes'
oeuvre that, in the end, after all the angst and anxiety, everything
would turn out okay. Growing up in Chicago, Diamond also closely knew
the areas, homes, and life John Hughes portrayed as the writer and/or
director for many of his classic '80's movies. Hughes movies include, in
part: National Lampoon's Vacation ('83),
Mr. Mom ('83), Sixteen Candles ('84), The Breakfast Club ('85), Weird Science ('85), Pretty in Pink ('86), Ferris Bueller's Day Off ('86),
Some Kind of Wonderful ('87), Planes, Trains, and Automobiles ('87)
She's Having a Baby ('88), Uncle Buck ('89) and the Home Alone movies (
'90, '92, '97)
In reality Diamond's life was anything but a Hughes movie. He was an
abused kid from a broken home. As a teen, his mother left him in
Chicago, alone and homeless, and he went through some horribly difficult
trials. Through all of it, even in adulthood, Diamond could make sense
of his life and the social castes in high school thanks to Hughes's
movies. After high school, Diamond went to NYC where he worked various
low-paying jobs, telling people that he was a writer. However, once he
started claiming that he was writing the unauthorized biography of John
Hughes, he devoted himself earnestly to that project for years. He may
have been delusional and his methodology for writing the biography
illogical, but he put his heart into it. Needless to say, no book
resulted in his years of work.
This is a well-written, intelligent, heartbreaking memoir with an
abundance of self-deprecating humor. Simultaneously, it is an
exploration of how one man's movies influenced his life and choices. As I
read, my heart went out to Diamond. I supported him, wished him well,
and wanted him to succeed. Diamond proves within these pages that he is a
writer. Perhaps he could have written the definitive biography of John
Hughes, but what Jason Diamond truly succeeded at was showing how, while
struggling through his 20's, he
learned his craft, found a purpose for his life, let go of his tragic
past, and grew up. I enjoyed this memoir immensely.
Disclosure: I received an advanced reading copy of this
book from HarperCollins.
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I love that the author found hope and inspiration from movies when he didn't have it from his own real life. It goes to show what you can do when you have the perseverance to find inspiration in life.
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