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Book Review: Cherry Bomb by Jenny Valentish - Reviewed by Ronnie293 (03 Jul 2014)
As Nina and Rose try to market their Punk Rock duo, The Dolls, they are mentored by their once famous Aunt, Allanah Dall. A behind the scenes look at an aspiring girl band. The highs, the lows, the drugs, the alcohol and the abuse of fame.
This is a very confronting read as we find out why Nina thinks, feels and acts the way she does. It seems Nina is on a spiral of self destruction with bravado fuelled by drugs and alcohol. Written in the first person I never had a sense of how anyone else was feeling. I didn’t feel connected to any of the other characters. It was like watching a train wreck. It was confronting and uncomfortable but you just had to keep reading.
I think if you are into the music scene you may get more from this book than I did. I think that most of it just went way over my head.
Jenny Valentish grew up in an unlovely satellite town of London, where she learned the art of escapism through music. At sixteen she started interviewing musicians and has done so ever since for a variety of magazines and newspapers, becoming editor of Triple J magazine and now Time Out Melbourne. None of those musicians wound up in this book, obviously. She has also been in a bunch of bands herself, but you wouldn't have heard of them.
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