Love Me Do (Wilshire Tales) (Volume 1)

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Jonnie Comet’s watershed first novel of 1990 is a romantic drama set back in the not-quite-enlightened 1970s, when hair was long and shoes had high heels and there was still a chance The Beatles might get back together. Liberally embellished with gas-guzzling hot rods, classic rock-and-roll and slang expressions you haven't heard since before Disco, this is the love story you've never read, of daydreams and detentions, of infatuation and insubordination, of love and literature class, with a special twist to the finale so you can't wait to see what happens come graduation.

High school was exactly like this.

This edition includes the Author's 2010 foreword in which the book is compared (most aptly) to both The Great Gatsby and Romeo and Juliet. Instructors, take note: Love Me Do is an excellent choice as summer or prereading in advance of introducing either of those works!

Note: this book contains some moderately-impolite language and awkward situations (appropriate for readers aged 14+).

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Love Me Do
   by Jonnie Comet

Some stories, written at specific times in history, inevitablybecome dated as references, both direct and indirect, lose their relevance.  This is the problem when an author, writingonly for his own age, attempts to be 'hip' and to rely on esoteric currentevents and references in more than an incidental way.  But some stories, notably The Great Gatsby,though they may seem but snapshots into a particular period, both convey tocontemporary readers the zeitgeist of their own time and still stand ashistorical mementoes to entertain and enlighten future generations.
 
Comparisons to Gatsby are unavoidable when perusing LoveMe Do (Surf City Source Media Group), reportedly Jonnie Comet's firstnovel.  Begun when the author was stillin high school himself, this old-fashioned love story, containing severalclever twists, stands as an authentic view of what teenaged life was like inthe mid-1970s.  Refreshingly, unlikelater depictions of the same period, Love Me Do does not descend intosex, drugs and rebellion, too often presumed to be the main forces of thattime.  In their place is a tenderportrayal of two unexpectedly shy teens embarking on a chaste romance thatseems to parallel the zeitgeist of an even earlier age.
 
On the surface it is a typical tale of people from opposite endsof society, a popular, pretty cheerleader from a happy middle-class home and aprodigal rock-and-roll musician and hot-rodder from a fractious working-classbackground.  Through a series of uniquecircumstances, they become attracted to each other, socialise, fall apart dueto conflicting social influences and then suffer in shyness and silence whilsthoping to resume their relationship on more sensible and serious grounds.
 
The similarities to Gatsby are conspicuous-- and intended.Jonnie Comet has claimed that reading Gatsby in 11th year was his singlemajor inspiration to write in the first place.  The author has described LMD as 'aclassic chivalric romance reset in 1970s Connecticut.'  The two protagonists, Jon and Jeanne, almostwilfully play out romantic roles from the days of chivalry.  Symbolic elements, such as a silver Chevy ashis trusty grey stallion, contribute both aesthetically and thematically to themotif of a would-be knight in shining armour intent on meriting a virtuousmaiden upon a pedestal through noble feats.  After one dramatic fight sequence, Jeanneblushes to spy two figurines in his mother's parlour: '...David the modest butvaliant giant-slayer, looking protectively over his shoulder at the beautifulbut defenceless Venus DiMilo'.  Theparallel is not lost on her, nor on the reader.
 
Dualities abound in this novel, imposing both conflict andcontradiction. Beautiful, charming and universally coveted, the girl who shouldhave everything, Jeanne is encumbered by a dual nature rendering her patentlyindecisive.  She will shun any singlecourse that might upset a friend or, within the chaste context of the story, disappointa boy.  As if against her own wishes shefrequently finds herself dating two boys over the same period, even whilst shepines for the only one who has ever truly aroused her heart.
 
Though a creative musician and artist by birth and choice, Jon isunexpectedly ethical and conservative, resistant to unnecessary risksespecially where his own heart is concerned.  In the first half of the book he blows threeor four good opportunities to reconnect with the girl whom he has always wantedbut whom he humbly believes he does not deserve.  Their mutually unrequited attraction dates toa first meeting when both were very young; but after he is required to save herfrom drowning neither one is able to come to terms with what that implies.  So the story is their separate butcorresponding attempts to mend the breach caused by embarrassment and to findcommon ground on which to base a real relationship.
 
As with all classic romances, innocently or forcefully suppressedsexuality is never absent.  Jeanne is describedin a beautiful dress 'flowing out about her like the petals of a flower abouttheir pistil', a reference to her prominent purity.  Jon wears a leather flier's jacket, suggestingboth combat potential and brutish virility.  But the story, though told sensually, is notabout sexuality, but about the lack of it.  The author's own Platonic conception of theideal boy and girl does not require a carnal component, as though to say thatbefore any of that, there are only two pairs of eyes, two voices, two minds andtwo hearts, and from those elements are the truest romances made.
 
As a period piece, Love Me Do's greatvirtue is of accurately depicting a time before mobile phones and the Internet,when young people too out of circulation might have only perceptions and fearson which to dwell.  Even a phone callbetween Jon and Jeanne is thus partly climactic.  But rather than dating it, the book's settingserves to illustrate the timeless theme of romance at its purest, as written bya romantic purist.  In the foreword, the author invites his reader to'Delve into this book, live it, love it, dream it, drown in it, as though itwere your first love-at-first-sight and first kiss all over again.'  This unadulterated joy is the raison d'etreof Jonnie Comet's Love Me Do.

About the Author:

The author hails from the Atlantic Ocean resort of Surf City, New Jersey. A sailor, surfer, architect and musician, he has designed and built sailboats and surfboards, composed and performed rock music, taught secondary-school English, edited the periodical The Absolutist and written novels including Love Me Do, Pamela; or Virtue Reclaimed, Deirdre, the Wanderer, Gothic Night and The Castle of the Seven Virgins.

Inspired by Christian moralism, 18th-century fiction and the gothic, his novels and verses feature modern, astute characters, exotic or fanciful settings and surreal social conditions.

The author has two daughters, with whom he produced the schoolgirls' comedy series The Jarmman Show for cable-access TV. He lives on a yacht sailing the US east coast.

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