Grenade Bouquets by Lee Matthew Goldberg
I had stars in my eyes and I couldn’t see around them…
The year is 1995 and my parents have finally allowed me to take the summer to tour in a VW van across the country with my boyfriend Evan and our band. Yes, my dream to be a singer became reality. Even with Clarissa, Evan’s jealous ex-girlfriend, as the lead singer, it’s my presence on stage that led us to a major record deal. There are moments you’ll always remember in life, but I can’t imagine anything more cool than hearing your song on the radio for the first time.
But being a Rockstar isn’t as easy as it sounds. Using alcohol and drugs as coping mechanisms, nothing but tension surrounded me, hurting my still blossoming relationship, and continued grieving over my sister’s death.
A love letter to the nineties and a journey of a girl becoming a woman, Grenade Bouquets charts the rollercoaster ride of a band primed to explode on the scene, as long as they keep from actually exploding
First of all, I love Nico who is the main protagonist. She is pretty cool, unapologetically awesome, and not without her flaws which makes her feel very, very real.
This is a very fast-paced book. Sometimes a little too fast. Sometimes it felt like it leapt from event to event in a whirlwind of activity, with very little time to slow down and catch a breath. In a way, I kind of liked that as Nico is on a music/band tour, so the pace of the story is probably as fast as I imagine that would feel. But from a reader’s perspective, sometimes I found myself losing track of what was happening.
All that said, it was a quick read with a great flow, and it didn’t take me very long to finish.
Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book. My thoughts are mine.