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I’m not really a fan of realistic fiction but when I saw Save Me, Kurt Cobain, I was excited! I mean, a sort of re-imagining of a world where Kurt Cobain was alive?! Sign me up! And yes, it does help that I love to listen to their songs. When I got a copy of the book for review, I was beyond ecstatic!
I had apprehensions when I started reading this book.
Why? Well, simply because I am not used to realistic fiction, and I admit, I avoid it like the plague. I was also apprehensive because of the blurb. I mean what if Kurt Cobain was alive AND your father? That is a bold move for Ms. Manzer, don’t you agree?
This book brings back 90’s nostalgia.
If you grew up in the 90’s, you would know about Kurt Cobain – Nirvana. And yes, reading this book does bring me back to that time when I was in elementary school and listened to angsty music (I still sometimes do, actually).
Then there’s Nico
Nicola Cavan is a sort of outcast, with only one best friend Obe. She lives with her father Verne and is constantly wondering about her mother, who left her when she was four years old. This book is really about Nico and her journey to self-discovery and happiness.
Nico is very relatable. As someone who grew up with my father, I felt her pain. It is hard not to wonder about your mother, what she was like, what would her life be if she hadn’t left. Although my mother didn’t leave us, she was still working in another country and I did not grow up with her at all. This makes Save Me, Kurt Cobain, a very personal read for me.
I was not expecting the plot
Based on the blurb, I expected this book to be a reimagining or an alternate universe or something of the sort, but it isn’t. This was a pleasant surprise for me and definitely had me hooked!
I love how Manzer explored the themes of family, loss, and hope.
Is Kurt ALIVE?
This is something that I will not spoil. I will say that I love the arc the story took, I love the twist and Miss Manzer really handled this topic/theme superbly!
This is a must-read for people who love music, and Nirvana. Save me, Kurt Cobain is a surprisingly poignant read set to tug at your heartstrings!
Hooray for #BOOKSTAGRAM!
By the way, I really enjoyed setting up my #bookstagram spread for Save Me, Kurt Cobain! I did steal a few items from Pierre, and I’m also excited to have him read this book!
have you read this book yet? What are your thoughts?
danielle hammelef says
Based on your review, this is a must read for me and my daughter who is a huge fan of Nirvana. Thanks for the great post today!
Your welcome! That is one of the reasons why I picked the book….even if I don’t really read reality contemporary.
Anita Yancey says
I enjoyed reading your review. I have been wanting to read this book, it sounds fascinating. Thanks for having the giveaway.
Thanks for your kind words, Anita!
Kaitlyn A. says
Awesome review! I seriously can’t wait to read this one!
Yes, please do! 🙂
I always am up for an emotional read, and now I’m kind of interested in this one for the 90’s nostalgia xD Nice review, I’m glad you enjoyed this one!
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Thanks! And yes, each chapter is a Nirvana song title, too!
I just love the idea behind this one!! I am a tally someone who came of age during Nirvana’s debut and rise to fame, and I am a huge fan. I love the idea that Kurt Cobain might still be alive and be her dad 🙂 I have gotten really fond of contemporaries over the past year or so, which has shocked me since I used to not want to touch them with a 10-foot-pole! I’m really looking forward to this one, though. Great review!
Thanks Holly! I really like how this book is not really about Kurt and Nirvana because that would have not worked at all!