(My thanks to the lovely Maggie for the whole idea of organizing a book review in this way. I tried to find out if it was her original idea or she swiped it from elsewhere but no dice. Either way, credit goes to her for inspiring me! Her reviews from 2014 are here. She reads quite a lot so there’s always new reviews up.)
The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne (official book site here)
Why are you reading this book?
I downloaded the Simon and Schuster 2013 Fiction Sampler, desperate for something to read after finishing Hollow City, and this one of the books that had an excerpt included there. The premise was so different than everything I’d been reading lately and I love unusual storytellers.
What is the first line?
“I hit the remote control next to the bed and turned on the lights to play The Secret Land of Zenon.”
Describe the book in haiku form:
pop star at crossroads
mother manager, dad gone
normal life or fame?
What will you do with it now?
keep for reference
keep and loan out to friends/recommend they download
keep to read again & again & again
throw it away/delete from the Kindle
Anything else you’d like to say?
The book was amusing enough but it seemed like it just sort of ended. Jonny’s big decision comes too quickly and you don’t get to see the repercussions because it’s the end of the book. The details of manipulating the media and backstage life are interesting but there wasn’t as much depth as I had hoped for. But Jonny is only 11; how much depth did any of us have at 11?