Mar 6, 2019

The Love of my Teenage Life

You know how people say you never get over your first love? Well, it's true. When I was in high school, I fell head over heels, mind-explodingly in love and even though I'm celebrating my ninth wedding anniversary today to my fabulous husband, I've never forgotten the love of my high school life.

And last week, I got the chance to catch up with him and it was like no time had passed. My heart raced, my pulse thundered through my body, my temperature soared, my ears made a weird buzzing noise. I looked across a crowded room and saw Isaac Hanson and I was the same fifteen year old I'd been who'd first adored everything about him.

And the song that propelled Hanson to worldwide fame is no doubt one you're familiar with - MMMBop. But have you listened to the lyrics? Because I couldn't help thinking about them last week, during the concert, when the brothers began to play the famous song.

You have so many relationships in this life
Only one or two will last
You go through all the pain and strife
Then you turn your back and they're gone so fast
Oh yeah
And they're gone so fast, yeah
Oh, so hold on the ones who really care
In the end they'll be the only ones there
And when you get old and start losing your hair
Can you tell me who will still care?
Can you tell me who will still care?

The words are kind of profound, right? And I really loved the fact that the children who wrote this song would have had no idea we would all still be here for them, so many years later. The venue was absolutely packed, full of adoring fans and followers, people like me who fell in love a long time ago - with all their hearts - and never stopped loving and listening.


I'll be back here at the blog on Sunday, giving away FIVE e-book copies of BURN ME ONCE, my rockstar Mills & Boon Dare, which I dedicated to Isaac Hanson (because, love) so share wildly and help someone fall in love with Ethan Ash, every bit as delectable and loveable as my teen crush.

Tell me about your teen heart throb? And do you still love that person, or did you grow out of it? Bonus points if your heart throb was someone you knew and you ended up together forever...!


  1. Loved this post Clare

    I started going out with my hubby when I was fifteen and him seventeen, we got engaged when I was eighteen,, married when I was twenty and we will be celebrating our 42 anniversary this April, so yes from teenage heart throb to today lots of ups and downs over the years never a dull moment in our family 4 kids, 8 grandkids, another teenage heart throb Rod Stewart and he still has it :)

    Love the words to that song so beautiful

    Have Fun


  2. Clare, this is such a fun post! I seem to remember I had several crushes like this but they didn't last as long as yours. One from when I was a bit older was Spike from Buffy. :)

  3. Clare, I'm so glad you got to revisit your first crush that way. I'm afraid I wasn't a constant fan in my teens, with no one single stand out guy. Obviously I was busy waiting for the real Mr Right.

  4. Eric from 1927 was my rock star crush. Our 10 year age difference felt like nothing at all when I was 15 :).

  5. My teen rock star crushes were, alas, fleeting! As an adult, Ricky Martin is the one...

  6. I had the biggest crush on Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees since a was 13. Then in 1974 I saw John Denver in concert before he was reAlly famous (he played at the local high school) and my affections shifted.