Searching for John Hughes by Jason Diamond
Subtitled “Or Everything I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching ‘80s Movies” this coming of age memoir will resonate with anyone who grew up in the 80s; beyond being Diamond’s story of growing up it is this writer’s recounting of his attempts to pen a biography of John Hughes, an undertaking that kept coming back to his own love affair with this movies, movies that he turned to time and time again as Diamond struggled with depression, lack of self-esteem and self-doubt growing up in a Chicago suburb as a Jewish minority. The results are interesting and in all likelihood, far more relatable and accessible than a biography of the iconic movie director would have been. Events in Diamond’s life such as his first girlfriend or moving to New York City are framed within which John Hughes movie he chose to watch at that time. From the first time Diamond saw Pretty in Pink, though the title was at first off-putting to him, he was hooked. As he worked his way through Hughes’s oeuvre of teenage angst, Diamond began to draw parallels to his own life and eventually, his life began to take focus and shape. This non-traditional memoir will be a welcomed trip down memory lane to readers of a certain age.