Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday Thoughts: ARC Review of Save Me, Kurt Cobain!

Hey there guys!

I've been a bit mind-gone as of late! I don't know exactly how to describe it but time gets away from me and when I have the time I don't have the motivation and... gah! I don't even know how February it's almost over!!

Today I have another edition of Thursday Thoughts to get more reviews in this week, given that the pending reviews are piling up and I have a few days off now so I hope to squeeze some blog productivity in between some chores, errands and social life!

Lucky enough to be approved for this one, it counts towards my Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge as well as my 2016 Debut Author Challenge! I'm doing pretty well so far on these two challenges, and I hope to keep it up like this for the rest of the year!

Save Me, Kurt CobainSave Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I requested this book on a whim on Netgalley because I was a huge fan of Nirvana as a young teen (dating myself right here) and I wanted to check out a debut that was not in my preferred genre, since this one is a contemporary.

I'm quite torn about the book since I really enjoyed all the Nirvana references, all the music talk (confession time, my favourite music is still from the 80's & the 90's... I'm an oldie, what can I say?) and I really liked the writing, but I absolutely failed to connect with the main character. I don't know if it's an age thing, or maybe is the completely different emotional place where we both come from... or maybe it's because except for this one I've been in a fantasy books kick and the change of pacing was jarring... but I just couldn't connect with Nico.

Given that the pacing and writing of the book is great and that the voice is raw and feels very real, if you have better luck connecting with the main character that I did, I'm sure that you'd love this one, because it's bound to be a very emotional journey of discovery and finally getting some answers as well as growth for Nico. I wanted her to get some answers and at some point I was wondering if she'd be right and this one would veer a bit onto the magical realism side, but I couldn't put myself in her shoes, so sometimes I felt my age shaking my head at some of her fancies, even if I could understand her obsession with Mr Cobain and Nirvana's music.

This one is a very intriguing debut, one that didn't exactly work for me but that might be exactly the book that many teens need to read. Worth giving it a try for sure. Very positive 3 stars.

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  1. Ahh, I am so sorry you have been feeling like that lately sweetie :\ I totally understand that feeling. I have it all the time. Sigh. It sucks. Hope it will get better :) Gorgeous review Pili. <3 I'm glad you liked this one :) But ugh, sorry it wasn't that good. Not for me, hih :)

    1. I do hope the crappy feels go away for both of us soon sweetie! *hugs*

  2. This is the first time I read a review of this book, and thought it didn't work well for you it still sounds good. I'm not sure if I'll read it soon, but maybe someday.

    1. It's a very good debut! Totally a case of it's not you, it's me!

  3. I was a huge fan of Nirvana IN MY EARLY 30s! Ha ha, I am really dating myself! It is difficult to rate a book when there are a lot of things you like, but one big thing that you didn't like that over shadows the rest. I think you were very fair about your rating. Thanks for the review. :)

  4. I got this one unsolicited from the publisher, but I don't think it's for me, sadly. Three stars isn't bad! However, I'm not into Nirvana and I don't think I'd be down for all the emotions and rawness. o_o Your review is great, Pili!

    Have a lovely weekend. :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!


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