by William Richert.
First published in 1987.
"Imagine Tom Sawyer with a libido...."
ISBN 0-451-15030-9 (Paperback, 223 Pages)
This title was originally published in 1963 under the title Aren't You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye. The novel was republished as Jimmy Reardon in 1987 following the success of the movie, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon.
Of all River's movies that are based on books, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon is by far the most consistent with the original text. Given that William Richert wrote both the novel, the screenplay for the movie and directed it, this is perhaps not surprising.
Jimmy couldn't keep diverting his basic instincts forever; it was unnatural and it hurt besides. Maybe he should give Elaine a bit of a once-over. Sort of classify her availability. After all, it would be cruel to put her alongside a shy kid like Fred if she was the frigid type. Hell, if she screamed or slapped him or anything, it might keep Fred from women for the rest of his life! It was practically a moral responsibility to find out.... Gently, he raised his arm, and lo 'n behold, she slid right down until her head rested on his cheek.
Then the strangest thing happened. Her tongue was suddenly halfway down his throat. And if that wasn't the most curious thing, what happened next was positively astounding because he certainly had no intention of allowing his hand to explore her breasts. And how her body got into the cove of his legs, he would never know! How easy it was to roll into position in spite of the steering wheel! Just a little further down and the two nations would be united into one single -
Only the most minor of differences exist between the book and the movie despite the production changes that took place during filming. However, Jimmy's first visit to his girlfriend was rewritten when the story was being transferred to the big screen. The infamous "It looks funny! - Do you want to hurt its feelings?" scene originally took place whilst on an outing to the beach instead of in the grounds of the Bentwright's house. So Jimmy does not now get to meet Matthew Hollinder until much later in the story.
"Jimmy?" Her voice wavered.
He felt himself sore and limp against her. Now? After all he'd been through! "Right after the dance, I'll be outside waiting. You can ditch that guy and - "
"Right now, you mean?"
"But Lisa, someone's liable to come strolling along any minute."
"I don't care."
"But what would happen if you started to.... I mean, some virgins bleed."
"Do you have to talk about that?"
"Well, Jesus, I'm only being practical."
"It's funny you were never practical like that before!"
"But it never came up before - this particular thing, I mean."
Suddenly she was in control. "Will you please remove yourself?"
"Please get off me?"
"But I was only telling you...."
"You don't have to tell me anything. I understand all about it now!"
"What do you understand?"
She pushed him away and sat up. "Are you sitting on my shoe?" she said bitterly.
"Yes, and I'm going to stay that way until you stop crying and explain what the hell you're so upset about."
"I'll go without it", she said firmly, and started to limp away.
"All right, here it is", he said, handing it to her. "Now will you tell me what's wrong?"
"Nothing's wrong. Everything's perfectly fine. I just never want to see you again, that's all."
"Why?" he screamed.
Struggling with the shoe, she bounced around trying to put it on without having to sit down. "It's quite obvious", she gasped, finally accomplishing the task. "You can't make love to me now because you've just been with one of your - your diseased tramps!" She tested the heel in the ground and flew towards the club.
He ran along beside her. "Lisa! You're jumping to conclusions. You can't convict someone on circumstantial evidence, for crissakes!"
"You've got your life to lead and so have I. So have I!" She sure sounded determined.
"Look, if you really want to hear the truth...."
She wasn't interested in anything but what was on her mind: "I don't care about your truth! But you might be interested to know that my date - Matthew Hollinder - I've never even kissed him, but tonight, tonight I'm going to give him a big surprise!"