There was not even a fraction of enough build up or tension for any of the huge plot points in the narrative to matter as much as they should have. The characterization wavered so much though it started out so strong and that was disappointing. The band’s level of success made no since from the events described and there was no romance between Daisy and Billy, it felt forced and like a shitty enemies-to-lovers at times. I did read this in two days and I couldn’t ever put it down but in the end it was just lacking. I like the made up version in my head more than the reality of it, now I’m actually excited to see how the show changes it (and makes it more interesting because in the end it really isn’t as interesting of a story as it sells itself to be). Also there was a touch of soap opera corniness and ridiculousness that’s kind of hard to ignore at times - an Italian Prince, for instance. And I don’t like the writing of it enough to pick up any of TJR’s other books but I didn’t completely hate it, I had a fun time reading it’s just that the execution was such a let down to the great concept.
Graphic: Abortion, Alcoholism, Drug abuse, Eating disorder, Grief, Pregnancy, Sexual content, Mental illness, Alcohol, Emotional abuse, Gaslighting, Terminal illness, Toxic relationship, Death, Domestic abuse, Drug use, Panic attacks/disorders, Sexism, Sexual harassment, Addiction, Adult/minor relationship, Infidelity, and Toxic friendship