At the age of four, Nicola Cavan’s mother vanished. Over a decade later, her mother is still as much of a mystery to Nico as she was back when she had abandoned her. Raised by her father - staying invisible at school is how she copes; that, and listening to alternative music and summoning spirits on the Ouija board with her only friend, Obe. When opportunity arises to unravel her mother’s past, Nico takes it and runs with it. On a ferry ride departing Seattle, she encounters a slight blond guy with piercing blue eyes. Her guts tell her that what she thinks might be true. Could it really be him? And more importantly, does he have the answers she’s looking for?
Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer is a young adult contemporary story. The main protagonist, Nico, is lost, sad and struggling - her psychological and emotional evolution throughout the novel is well captured. The plot is thoughtful, unique and seamlessly written. However, it did not live up to my expectations. I went into it not knowing too much about it, save for the many good things that I had heard about it. But at the end of the day, it just fell a little flat. I wasn’t able to completely immerse myself into the story - I found it to be really slow - and nor was I able to relate to any of the characters. But, that being said, the novel does have a promising story line and the suspense is kept up masterfully.
I give this book a 2.75 out of 5 and would have to say that this novel is not meant for everyone. It wasn’t by any means a terrible read, but rather that I found some things lacking from it that would have made me enjoy it more. However, I would recommend this novel to readers who are fans of Nirvana. Go into it with an open mind, and I believe you will enjoy it more than I did.
This book is recommended tor readers ages 12 and up.
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