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Searching for John Hughes

Number of page: 304
Author: Jason Diamond
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062424846
Category: Biography & Autobiography

For all fans of John Hughes and his hit films such as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, and Home Alone, comes Jason Diamond’s hilarious memoir of growing up obsessed with the iconic filmmaker’s movies—a preoccupation that eventually convinces Diamond he should write Hughes’ biography and travel to New York City on a quest that is as funny as it is hopeless.For as long as Jason Diamond can remember, he’s been infatuated with John Hughes’ movies. From the outrageous, raunchy antics in National Lampoon’s Vacation to the teenage angst in The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink to the insanely clever and unforgettable Home Alone, Jason could not get enough of Hughes’ films. And so the seed was planted in his mind that it should fall to him to write a biography of his favorite filmmaker. It didn’t matter to Jason that he had no qualifications, training, background, platform, or direction. Thus went the years-long, delusional, earnest, and assiduous quest to reach his goal. But no book came out of these years, and no book will. What he did get was a story that fills the pages of this unconventional, hilarious memoir. In Searching for John Hughes, Jason tells how a Jewish kid from a broken home in a Chicago suburb—sometimes homeless, always restless—found comfort and connection in the likewise broken lives in the suburban Chicago of John Hughes’ oeuvre. He moved to New York to become a writer. He started to write a book he had no business writing. In the meantime, he brewed coffee and guarded cupcake cafes. All the while, he watched John Hughes movies religiously.Though his original biography of Hughes has long since been abandoned, Jason has discovered he is a writer through and through. And the adversity of going for broke has now been transformed into wisdom. Or, at least, a really, really good story. In other words, this is a memoir of growing up. One part big dream, one part big failure, one part John Hughes movies, one part Chicago, and one part New York. It’s a story of what comes after the “Go for it!” part of the command to young creatives to pursue their dreams—no matter how absurd they might seem at first.  

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About The Author

Jason Diamond is the sports editor at and founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn. His work has been published by The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Pitchfork, Esquire, Vice and many other outlets. He was born in Skokie, Illinois, but currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, his two cats and his dog named Max.


  • A Google UserA Google User
    Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching ’80s Movies In his memoir, Rolling Stone editor Diamond relates the story of his failed attempt to write a biography of director John Hughes while working in Manhattan coffee shops and being almost too pretentious to stomach. Diamond grew up in the Chicago suburbs that inspired much of Hughes’s early work and escaped a broken home (abusive father, runaway mother) to scrape by in New York City, where he
  • Tim PuckettTim Puckett
  • mwatson4281mwatson4281
    LibraryThing Review I didn’t read much about this book before started so while I recognized it was a memoir, I wasn’t really sure what to think. The use of John Hughes to play off the dreams of Diamond amid his very difficult situation in life was a really interesting way to tell the story.
  • Carrie88Carrie88
    LibraryThing Review A thoughtful insight to the life of author as he struggles to find his way in life all while working on a biography of director, John Hughes. The author knows his Hughes’ movies inside and out and
  • whitreidtanwhitreidtan
    LibraryThing Review I grew up on John Hughes films, liking and relating to some more than others. I vividly remember watching Sixteen Candles on TV (I’d already seen it at the theater so I knew what all the bleeped out
  • LissaJLissaJ
    LibraryThing Review Author, Jason Diamond, grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago where many of John Hughes movies are based and where Hughes himself lived. The movies served as a retreat from an incredibly sad
  • Lorelai2Lorelai2
    LibraryThing Review Searching for John Hughes chronicles Diamond’s dream of writing the ultimate biography of the iconic director, even going so far as to move to New York to become a writer. While that dream became
  • minaceeminacee
    LibraryThing Review First, let me say the cover is fantastic! The bright pink is evocative of the 80’s or the neon colors we think the 80’s were totally drenched in and the cast of The Breakfast Club sitting there
  • stephiviststephivist
    LibraryThing Review I’d give this book a firm “Okay.” If you are expecting 80s nostalgia, you will be disappointed. I would imagine that the striking cover will pull in quite a few readers who won’t realize they are
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