Final Grade: 93/A
Review copy provided by publisher through NetGalley
BLURB: When you piss off a bridge into a snowstorm, it feels like you’re connecting with eternal things. Paying homage to something or someone. But who? The Druids? Walt Whitman? No, I pay homage to one person only, my brother, my twin.
In life. In death.
Including Jonathan himself, I really enjoyed the eclectic cast of characters: Jonathan’s friends, the “Thicks”, who reminded me of my brother’s group of high school friends. The principal and her love of cheesy music–it made me smile to think of her requiring Jonathan to play her favorite song at graduation (a song that’s eternally embarrassing to him) as part of his school rehabilitation. Mimi, Jonathan’s mom, who wasn’t much of a mother, though she tried. Ruby, Jonathan’s six-string Larrivee acoustic guitar, “…the only girl I put my arms around”. And the music itself–Nirvana, Eddie Vedder, the grunge scene, and heavy, dark rock music that lent to the overall atmosphere of the novel.
Filled with dark poetry, grief, and angst, ADIOS, NIRVANA delves into the bonds of brotherhood and friendship and doesn’t flinch. My only complaint is that I wanted more–more music, more poetry, and more of Jonathan (love the whole tortured-but-save-able artist vibe). A fantastic read. (Plus, don’t you just love the cover? It represents the novel so well.)
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