Written in her wonderfully honest, edgy, passionate and often hilarious voice, Tiffanie DeBartolo tells the story of Eliza Caelum, a young music journalist, and Paul Hudson, a talented songwriter and lead singer of the band Bananafish. Eliza’s reverence for rock is equaled only by Paul’s, and the two fall wildly in love.
When Bananafish is signed by a big corporate label, and Paul is on his way to becoming a major rock star, Eliza must make a heartbreaking decision that leads to Paul’s sudden disappearance and a surprise knock-your-socks-off ending.
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“Tell me what you listen to and I’ll tell you who you are.”
This book has been on my TO READ list for eeeever – even before I had a Kindle. But when it popped on sale a while back I got it – and once I started? There was no going back – there was no doing anything else – there was no concentrating at work, at both jobs – there was no dishes done, no meals cooked and no laundry washed. Because I had to sit there and devour the entire thing start to finish, or I might have gone mad.
“But I’m almost thirty and my day job is folding shirts at the Gap. Have you seen my room? I’m not messy. I’m rebelling against folding.”
Tiffanie DeBartolo’s writing is gritty, passionate and very, very funny. You put these two together – Eliza and Paul and you have a friendship – relationship – soul mates together through music and everything that they appreciate and love in the world. Neither one is a stranger to the darkness in their lives – and I wouldn’t say that they raise above it – or quite linger, but there is a fine line of how they work together in their own depressions that makes the other better…
“Nobody, and I mean nobody, ever started a revolution playing by the rules.”
As things progress between Eliza & Paul – and Paul’s band, Bananafish gets a much needed record deal – things start changing and fast…. decisions are made, and the consequences of those are so aggravating i wanted to reach in and smack a’bitch! Yes – I at times yell at characters in books – and on TV. Paul is supposed to be getting everything he’s ever wanted with the signing of his record deal – the Michael’s are set to hit the studio – and then on the road to tour, but Eliza’s decisions reeks havoc.
“It’s just that, well, sometimes happiness hurts.”
I laughed – I felt the shivers whenever they talked about how music changed their lives – because it’s true – everyone has a soundtrack to their lives and these two …. well if you read the book, you’ll be fortunate enough to witness it too.
“I’m not brave, I’m in love.”
The meeting of these two characters couldn’t have been more perfect and I had the very early sense that this book was going to hit me hard – the way she describes Paul – you get that shiver down your spine that this is going to be important – you feel what Eliza is feeling and it’s pretty fucking amazing.
There are twists and turns and tears and lust – everything in a book you could ever want that will make you a little swoony but above all else, it will make you feel.