As someone who grew up in the 80’s watching John Hughes’ movies, I was quick to read this book. It is written by Jason Diamond, and it is HIS memoir and not John Hughes’ memoir. It is an interesting take on a memoir and reads rather quickly. Jason Diamond was born a few years after me and in Chicago where John Hughes filmed many of his movies.
Jason grew up in a violent and broken home, and he found comfort in movies like Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and The Breakfast Club. He could relate to the characters, like Duckie and Andie, who came from broken homes and were misfits. Jason’s story is a tale of a dark childhood told through humor and 80’s culture. He has always written to get through his loneliness and abandonment. He found solace in libraries and the movies of John Hughes…as well as through alcohol and drugs. His path to becoming a successful writer and finding love was not easy and seemed to almost fizzle out. His one goal for years was to write a biography on John Hughes…his idol. He spends time working and researching…spending money he did not have to complete this goal that would never be, but in the end what he discovered and achieved is much richer than what he could have imagined.
I recommend this book to those who are familiar with John Hughes, to those who have had a traumatic childhood, to those who purpose has seemed meaningless, and to those who know that there is always hope. My one complaint is that the book ended suddenly, and I know that was done intentionally. I just wanted to know more about Jason Diamond and his parents….