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--Read Susannah Gora's Q and A With Time Magazine!:
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--Hear Susannah Gora on NPR's "Weekend Edition," weighing in on John Hughes's impact:
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--The Chicago Sun-Times:
"Gora interviews all the major actors and players anew, and knits together a narrative that, in the end, gives fans a clear, sound understanding of what commercial and cultural forces produced these films — “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Say Anything” and more — and why they still mean a great deal to so many."

--USA TODAY:
"The Brat Pack is back. Remember them? Pouty prom queen Molly Ringwald. Pretty boy Rob Lowe. Rebel Judd Nelson. Maybe you grew up relating to their teenage angst in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire. The movies' young stars have grown up, too, and Susannah Gora is looking back on the ultimate '80s teens in the new book You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation." Full article »

--The Associated Press:
"Gora's book is a must-have for fans of 80s teen flicks...Those who have seen (and who under 50 hasn't seen at least a few of them?) "Sixteen Candles,""The Breakfast Club,""Pretty in Pink,""Ferris Bueller's Day Off,""Say Anything,""St. Elmo's Fire" and "Some Kind of Wonderful" won't be able to put down this book."

--See Susannah Gora's "Huffington Post" piece on the 25th anniversary of The Breakfast Club!:
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--Read Susannah Gora's "iPod Shuffle" interview in The Boston Globe!:
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--Legendary Film Critic Leonard Maltin's Review of "You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried,":
"With the passion of a fan and the inquisitiveness of a good journalist, author Gora has produced a book on the phenomenon of these 1980s movies that is as readable as it is informative. Based on her own observations and interviews with many of the people who made these films, among others, her lively book sets the films into the context of their time, explains why they stood out then—and why they continue to resonate today... It’s hard to believe that a quarter-century has passed since the first of these films appeared, but it’s true. That makes them part of movie—and pop culture—history, and they are well served by this excellent volume." Full article »

--The Wall Street Journal covers "You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried":
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--The Toronto Star:
"You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried – a lively, readable new book by Susannah Gora – examines not only the life and work of Hughes in fascinating detail but also explains just why those movies still matter hugely to the thirtysomethings who were teenagers when they came out." Full article »

--The Louisville Courier-Journal:


--Bookgasm:
"It’s the stories of those movies that drive Gora’s book to the heights it hits. With Hughes now gone and only one DVD commentary to his name, this may be the most complete account we ever get." Full article »

--MTV.com, "Why John Hughes Still Matters":
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--The Winnipeg Free Press:
"Gora has written a book that will form the basis of sociology and film studies courses as an important tribute to teenagers everywhere." Full article »

--Ree Drummond, "The Pioneer Woman":
"The book is full of behind-the-scenes context and tales from a handful of the most beloved Brat Pack films, present-day interviews with many of the actors, and a comprehensive profiling of John Hughes, the prolific director who brought so many of these generation-defining movies into our lives...I love this book." Full article »

--The Globe and Mail:
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--Paste Magazine:
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--Q and A with WE, Women's Entertainment Television


--The Baltimore Sun:
"For everyone who's wanted to know everything about Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Matthew Broderick, Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy and John Cusack – the list goes on – you'll want to read this book."

--Publisher's Weekly:
The phrase was coined by David Blum in the headline "Hollywood's Brat Pack," heralding his cover story for the June 10, 1985, issue of New York magazine with its cover photo of Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, and Judd Nelson. The label stuck, Gora notes, and extended to describe other actors: Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, and Anthony Michael Hall. A former editor at Premiere, Gora guides the reader through the creation of the teen cinema of the 1980s, described by the American Film Institute as "the cultural phenomenon which helped make us what we are today." To recall the era, she interviewed two dozen actors, plus the directors and producers behind the Brat Pack's memorable movies, including The Breakfast Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo's Fire and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. As Gora sees it, "The films changed the way many young people looked at everything from class distinction to friendship, from love and sex to fashion and music." Writer-director John Hughes's ability to capture adolescent angst is highlighted. The 1980s youth films maintain their popularity on TV and DVDs, and Gora gives them near-encyclopedic, comprehensive coverage. (Feb. 9)

--Marie Claire:
"You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried," an ode to John Hughes by Susannah Gora, has us drawing hearts on our jeans."

--The New York Post, book review:
"John Hughes' movies "changed everything," actor Andrew McCarthy says. "They defined a generation." Hughes's movies were at once funny and heartbreaking. They traded in types, but somehow transcended them...They provided a memorable soundtrack to the decade and gave millions of awkward teens something to do on Friday nights. They made a pair of polka-dotted, cotton underwear sexy. In "You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried, " a behind-the-scenes exploration of the writer-director's 1980s catalog, author Susannah Gora interviews an impressive list of cast members, including Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, John Cusack, Matthew Broderick and Anthony Michael Hall."

--Broadwayworld.com:
Susannah Gora's "You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried" takes us back to the era of proms, skinny ties and outcasts in love, captured by a filmmaker gone before his time.

--Moviepie.com:
"...a beautifully written, stunningly comprehensive slice of pop culture history that will make fans swoon."

--Read Susannah Gora's Q and A with the St. Petersburg times!
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--StyleSectionLA.com:
"If you named your dog ‘Duckie,’ still consider Jake Ryan the ultimate man or simply love the John Hughes canon of teen dramas, you must pick up You Couldn’t Ignore Me if You Tried — a new book chronicling the life of the Brat Pack, the late John Hughes and their impact on a generation. I bought the book on Friday and am currently on the final chapter — it’s that enthralling."

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