PUBLISHER: Gallery/Scout Press
PUBLICATION DATE: September 11th, 2018
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending my a beautiful ARC copy of this book to read and review.
This book follows the story of the main character, Jay. He is all kinds of messed up. This book is a love story that is written in alternating timelines, between 1992 Paris and 2018 Los Angeles.
Jay is young and is an aspiring writer. He makes the move from the USA to Paris in an attempt to become a professional writer, and is hard into love and sex, drugs and the madness of youth.
While in Paris, Jay meets a woman named Katerina. She is just as wild as him, and it appears he has met his match. They have a whirlwind romance, with lots of sex, drugs, and craziness. When it appears to him he has hit rock bottom, he moves back to the USA leaving Katerina and his life in Paris behind.
Twenty-five years later, Jay is the writer he has always aspired to be – he is rich, famous, and numb, and he wants to drive his car into a tree, when he receives an anonymous message that draws him back to the life, and possibly the love, he abandoned years prior.
Wow!! This book!
I literally had to take a few days after finishing this book to process what I had read and get my thoughts straight. The writing just blew me away!! It left me speechless!
This was the first book I have read by James Frey and wow, I can say that I am now a huge fan! He has such a way of writing that pulls you in! I will definitely be on the lookout for his other books.
Sex, drugs, and alcohol. That is a common and frequent storyline of the book. Jay sleeps with various women, has many one night stands, drinks and drinks and drinks, and does drugs like there’s no tomorrow. He is all kinds of messed up and his character is very easy to dislike, or hate. He hits rock bottom. He makes a complete mess of his life, and along the way he meets Katerina. They have a whirlwind romance, with more sex, drugs, and alcohol. She is just as crazy and messed up as he is… and he loves it.
I found myself literally flipping through the pages of this book as I was curious what would happen next. I wanted to see how much more messed up Jay could get (if that was possible!). I wanted to see how far his relationship with Katerina would go. There were so many shocking parts and surprises in this book it makes it so hard to put down.
I loved the writing! Wow…Just wow!
I found myself emotional reading through the book. Especially near the end. Without giving away any spoilers, I just want to say this book left me speechless and teary eyed at the end. Such a powerful book!
Definitely a must read! Get this book now!
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