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based on the screenplay by John Hughes
Pretty in Pink

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Bantam, London, 1986
(price: 1.75; 174 pages)

dedication: For Jessie, Jerry and Judy.
For Noel, Suzanne and Sukari.
And for the Evols of Bayside, Queens.
Especially Rocky. With love.

The blurb on the back:

"I live on the outside. There's something to be said for having nothing."
Andie Walsh is pretty and smart. She has her own style and a kind of pride as unique and personal as the way she dresses. But to the rich kids at school, Andie's a nothing - a "zoid".
Andie couldn't care less what the richies think. She's happy with her own friends, like devoted, goofy Duckie Dale. Then Blane McDonough - the ultimate richie - enters her life.
Never in a million years did Andie dream she'd fall for a guy like Blane. But when they're together, nothing else seems to matter. Until Blane asks her to the prom - and his crowd starts pressuring him to dump her. Nobody said love was easy, but does it have to hurt so much.

Read the synopsis on the back of the book and you'll realise just what an absolutely appalling story this is: Mills & Boon for the teen market. Which makes the movie suddenly seem incredibly impressive, 'cos Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy manage to inject so much life into their characters that you forget while watching it just how damn hackneyed it all is.

On paper, however, you don't get Ringwald and McCarthy, or the supporting cast that included James Spader and Harry Dean Stanton. All you get is an adaptation of John Hughes' script, and it's rubbish. Really, don't bother.

Oh yeah, and what's that about 'having nothing'? The girl's got a car, for God's sake. How many kids at your school had a car?

Ms Gilmour also wrote Eyes of Laura Mars.

Molly RingwaldAndrew McCarthy
Molly & Andy