Please Note: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher as part of Irish Banana's Blog tour in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinions in my review in any way.
Synopsis (From GoodReads):Nico Cavan has been adrift since her mother vanished when she was four—maternal abandonment isn't exactly something you can just get over. Staying invisible at school is how she copes—that and listening to alt music and summoning spirits on the Ouija board with her best friend and co-conspirator in sarcasm, Obe. But when a chance discovery opens a window onto her mom's wild past, it sparks an idea in her brain that takes hold and won't let go.
On a ferry departing Seattle, Nico encounters a slight blond guy with piercing blue eyes wearing a hooded jacket. Something in her heart tells her that this feeling she has might actually be the truth, so she follows him to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. When she is stranded there by a winter storm, fear and darkness collide, and the only one who can save Nico might just be herself.
Review:I have a small confession to make: I don't know anything about Nirvana or Kurt Cobain. How can that be, you ask? Were you living under a rock during the 90's? Well, actually I was living in Japan from 1991 to 1994, so I completely missed Nirvana's rise and implosion. So as I read Save Me, Kurt Cobain, it was like discovering a secret treasure trove of music.
The story begins with Nico obsessing over her long-gone mother. Disappearing ten years earlier, Nico doesn't really know if her Mom abandoned her family, or if something terrible happened to her. She loves music and begins to realize her mom was obsessed with Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.
Each chapter of the book is named after one of Nirvana's songs. As I read the book, I turned on Pandora and found most of the songs. I recommend listening to each song as you read the chapters. They are very relevant to the story and add depth to the experience.
Nico's attentions go from wondering about her mom to
I felt as though I was either witnessing Nico descend into delusion, or having this book go from realistic YA fiction to YA fantasy. It made me really uncomfortable and confused. The reader really doesn't know until almost the end of the book if this guy is Kurt Cobain or not.
It may seem as though I did not like this book. But I really did like it. It was so different from other books I have read and had a very poignant ending. I rooted for Nico the entire time and wanted her to have a life out of the shadow of her missing mom. It is a heart-breaking, but very satisfying novel.
About The Author:
Jenny Manzer is a writer in Victoria, British Columbia. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and an investigative journalist, and has loved writing stories ever since she was a little girl. Now that she has two children of her own, she does most of her writing (and listening to Nirvana) at night while they're asleep.
Release Date: March 8th, 2016
Format: Hardcover ARC book (Thank you!)
Recommendation: A powerful book that blends a love of music with the confusion of finding your own way in life. This is a wonderful book.
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