So, I must start by saying I have had this book for a while. I read it the first time a while ago also, but I couldn’t exactly put into words how I felt about it the first time I read it. Then, over the past few days, I read it again! I bought this book at a local library book sale. I was surprised to find it there actually, and the fact that it was in large print was perfectly fine! (LOL) I knew there was a lot of hype about this one, I’d seen it every where. I bought it solely for that reason…the synopsis didn’t exactly resonate with me.
As I started reading the first time around, I knew it was going to be tough for me to finish. The writing style was just so unique, with it being in all dialogue (interview) form. I just was not into it. I couldn’t grasp the story due to the fast paced switching back and forth from different characters. I kept on and finally managed to reach the end…I did love the story and the concept, but I still had a hard time loving the style of how it was written. For that reason, I hesitated to write my review.
After a few weeks, I decided to pick it back up. I am so glad I did!! After thinking on it a while (and admittedly googling the band to ensure it wasn’t real – like everyone else) I had processed the whole thing and had some unanswered questions floating around in my brain. The second time around, I didn’t focus so much on who was saying what and just read…just read the story and imagined myself as Daisy. I found it much easier to play out the scenes in my head, like a movie.
There are so many powerful messages of strong women, women who know what they want in life and won’t back down to get it. After re-reading I felt…empowered! The messages about addiction and love are also very powerful. If you’ve never dealt with addiction or an addict before, be prepared to get angry at this book. You may wonder how someone can love someone who hurts them so, which in itself can be seen as an addiction. It puts light to the powerful cycle of this triangle.
Overall this was a four star read for me! Solely due to the fact that I had a hard time following the fast paced writing. But the style is so unique I couldn’t help but give mad props to Taylor Jenkins Reid for her brilliant mind set that it would have taken to write a story like this.
Give into the hype! Read this and enjoy a fresh, new take on fictional story telling!!!