It’s release day for the paperback edition of Can’t Buy Me Love so it’s only fitting we have the wonderfully funny Jane Lovering on the blog today! In Can’t Buy Me Love, Willow runs into her old university crush Luke – and can hardly believe her luck when, after years of looking straight past her, he finally notices her … and appears to like what he sees. But is it all that it seems?
You’ll have to read the book to find out but, in the meantime, Jane’s chatting about old crushes here today. Tell us about yours!
Ah, those crushes we all had on the unattainable ‘gorgeous’ man … maybe at school? Wasn’t there always a sixth-former that all the girls dribbled after? Or at University, like Willow, the heroine of Can’t Buy Me Love, who fancied the one man who always seemed to be utterly self-possessed, the only person who knew what was going on at all times, the centre of attention? Or maybe yours was even later, at work, that drop-dead handsome bloke who’d sometimes give you a cheeky wink and a smile, until you hoped it might turn into something more … then you found out he’d moved to the Manchester office and you’d never see him again?
We’ve all got them. Men from the past that we dreamed would one day turn around and say ‘forget all these others, you are the one for me!’ Have you ever wondered how it would go if they turned up one day and actually did say that? Would you still go weak at the knees? (I suppose it depends on how much time has passed, if he’s now fat, bald, four times divorced and a dad of fifteen, you might not be quite so keen). Or would you tell them that they’d had their chance, you’re happy now and they’re ten years too late…?
Have you ever been tempted to look them up on Facebook? Of course, we all know Facebook only shows the highly edited snapshots of someone’s life (#feelingblessed #makingmemories, why are there no Facebook hashtags for #feelingbloodyannoyed or #makingamessofdinnerasusual?), but there’s still that temptation to check up on old flames – or even flames that weren’t so much flames as ‘fire at a distance’ – to see whether their lives really did live up to their youthful promise. Is he still as good looking? Has he married a model, got two perfect children and moved to a thatched barn conversion in Devon? Or do we secretly hope that he’s lost his hair and teeth, gained nine stone and has mostly been spending his time on a plastic chair at the local Job Centre? That will teach him not to have noticed us …
So, would you? If your old crush turned up, still looking pretty much the same and saying he remembered you and he’d always fancied you? And, more importantly, would you ever ask him ‘why now?’
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