I really liked this book it’s a little different to what I’m use to reading in terms of the interview style this one is written as. I had a love/hate thing for Billy I think he was a bit of an a** hole in the beginning of the book. I found Camila really annoying. All other characters I liked. Daisy to me was the best part of this book. I just really wished a bit more of her was told at the end of the book. I hope there is a sequel to this book. I would really like to know if Billy did ended up calling Daisy. (Spoiler!) The ending to me felt unfinished. That’s the only reason I gave it 4 stars. I’m really looking forward to seeing the adaptation of the book becoming a show.
I loved “The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” the characters ached and went through profound experiences, I cried. I recommended that book.
In this new book the format stops any creativity. the characters are who they say they are through interviews. One dimensional. A better read would be Linda Ronstadt’s “Simple Dreams” at least she was there. This book is a mash up of The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, a bit of the Doors, thrown together with a cross between Janis Joplin and Linda Ronstadt who the author borrows more than just a look from. I expected a hell of a lot more. The real artists are a much better read. It was predictable and certainly doesn’t leave you guessing. I just began skipping pages. Read old interviews of Rolling Stone from the 70’s and you’ll find a better read.
Too bad, I liked this author.
I fell in love with this book so hard. I don’t want it to end
I'm not even sure where to begin with this book. It's just absolutely magical. Authentic. Real. Imaginative. Unique. So well written that you believe these characters are real and you find yourself wanting to search anything and everything out about them. That's the kind of writing that takes an author from good to great and TJR hit it out of the park with this one.
Reid makes you fall in love with every single character in this book. The way she decided to tell this story was beyond brilliant. Having every story told by different views brought this story together in a way that almost seems impossible. It could not have been done another way though or it just wouldn't pack the punch it does. The characters, the story, just all of it.
But this story isn't just about a band. It's about love, loss, heartbreak, addiction, and so much more. How someone could put so much into a story and make it flow so seamlessly is nothing short of wizardry and TRJ has the most powerful wand at her fingertips.
This is a story that will stick with you forever. You'll be asking your friends if they read it. You'll be shouting from the rooftops about how everyone needs to read this one because I know that's what I am going to be doing for the next few months.
Have you ever read a book that left you wrecked, gut-punched....a weepy mess? that’s how I feel right now, I have so many thoughts swirling in my head that I can’t figure out if I’m sad or happy. Last year when I read The Seven Wives of Evelyn Hugo, I was so deeply moved by the book, and going into this book I didn’t know if it would have the same effect on me...I think this book even surpassed that. The book is so raw and honest and gritty. There are no easy parts to this book, no peace amid the turmoil, as I was on edge the whole time. This book has such an interesting format, written as if it were an interview, a piece being written about the history of a rock band in the 70’s, which i think added an edge to the story, coming straight from the members of the band.