Author : Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher : Ballantine books
All right. I’ve seen so much hype around this book everywhere (blogs, bookstagram,…) I ended up buying it pretty fast. In the end, I’m giving it 3 stars.
It was NOT a bad read. I feel like rating it 3 stars is bad, but it’s actually medium. The story was nice and most characters were okay, but that’s it. One thing I really liked though is the format. Putting the whole book as an interview is so clever and stimulating to read ! It made it an easy read, and I read it fairly quickly. Some parts were really interesting to read especially the end, and I enjoyed the parts with Karen and Graham, even though they’re not main characters, but mostly, 80% of the book was just okay.
Okay is the perfect word for this book. Most of the time, I read while not being very invested with the characters. The only ones standing out are Daisy and Billy. Bonus points for Camila and Karen, but I would have liked to read more about the other members of the band. In the end, I just read for the sake of it, not out of curiosity. I couldn’t bring myself to care for the songs, even though the author bothered to fully write them.
I have no idea why I couldn’t love it more. I wanted to, but I couldn’t. Maybe it’s because the band is fictional and therefore I couldn’t picture the scenes in my head ? I think I would have like better a book like this with a real band interview, such as Rolling Stones, or Kiss !
Another thing that bugged me a little is the number of clichés used in this. Since I wasn’t even alive in the 70’s, I can’t tell how much of the “drugs, alcohol and rock” there actually was in this era, but it felt a little forced in the book. Daisy’s a sad junkie, Billy a sad alcoholic, and the rest of the band just barely exists in the background.
I’m grateful for Camila’s character, as she felt really genuine, and she’s the one I could relate the most to, as she doesn’t want to be in the spotlight, and is fine living her life away from the music industry, even if it means being away from Billy.
As I said, the end was my favorite part. I felt like the character finally grew and made more sense, and this is when I felt the closest to them. Such a shame I had to wait until the end for that !
I still recommend this book, because I know it is well-written. My personnal taste is the only thing that kept me from enjoying it fully, and if I can judge by the reviews I keep seeing everywhere, most people will like it.
Do you think you’ll read this over the summer ? If you have read it already, what did you think about it ?
Thanks for reading !
See you soon,