You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack,John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation, by Susannah Gora, is a fascinating look into the youth culture of the 1980s, influenced largely by the movies of filmmaker John Hughes, whose work includes The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and St. Elmo’s Fire, among others. These coming-of-age films have impacted a generation with their heartfelt introspection into the lives of the young as well as the use of popular popsongs as cues, propelling several actors into the limelight, including Demi Moore, Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe, and Andrew McCarthy, among others. With a special focus on the personal history of John Hughes, as well as the tensions, friendships, and romances between the Brat Pack, You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried is full of cultural significance, exploring the way that these movies have influenced our views on success, love,friendship, and society through an analysis of the characters, actors, musicand the movies themselves in each chapter. For those who have grown up seeing these movies as young teenagers themselves, this book will be an enjoyable walkdown memory lane; for those who haven’t watched these movies themselves, this book will be a thorough explanation for how culture embodies the values of this era today.
~Helen, Teen Book Reviewer