Inspiration behind Don’t You Forget About Me

June 2016

Readers may guess by the title that my latest novel is influenced by the films of the late, great John Hughes. In the 1980s John Hughes directed some of the most memorable teen movies of our time including my favourites The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful.

Like Andie in Pretty in Pink, Cara is from “the wrong side of the tracks” and feels like she doesn’t quite fit in so she is on a mission to find her thing. Like the characters in The Breakfast Club, she wonders if she is an athlete, a princess, a brain, a criminal or a basket case and attempts to discover if any of these could apply to her.

When Cara is invited to a school reunion she knows this is her chance to channel her inner Molly Ringwald and grab her John Hughes moment, once and for all. Because her teenage love, Daniel Rose will be there, the coolest boy at school and the one that got away.
But transforming into an 80’s icon isn’t easy and Cara enlists the help of her oldest friend, Stubbs, to teach her all she needs to know about being cool and quirky – just like Molly Ringwald.

Molly Ringwald is a huge theme in the book as Cara wants to be just like her character Andie in Pretty in Pink. She thinks if she looks cool, then Daniel will find her scintillating.

I know that readers will enjoy this story where Cara wishes she her life could be like a John Hughes film. My favourite thing about John Hughes films is the endings which are the most perfect happy ever afters. These films resonate with so many of us so I wanted to pay homage to these movies in my own way and write the book I have always wanted to read: A story that shows the magic in the movies can happen to anyone.