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Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What if you discovered that Kurt Cobain is not only alive, but might be your real father?

Nico Cavan has been adrift since her mother vanished when she was four—maternal abandonment isn't exactly something you can just get over. Staying invisible at school is how she copes—that and listening to alt music and summoning spirits on the Ouija board with her best friend and co-conspirator in sarcasm, Obe. But when a chance discovery opens a window onto her mom's wild past, it sparks an idea in her brain that takes hold and won't let go. 

On a ferry departing Seattle, Nico encounters a slight blond guy with piercing blue eyes wearing a hooded jacket. Something in her heart tells her that this feeling she has might actually be the truth, so she follows him to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. When she is stranded there by a winter storm, fear and darkness collide, and the only one who can save Nico might just be herself.

Goodreads Summary

Having to contemplate the loss of a mother seems inconceivable to me. This is mostly becaue I have had my mother my whole life and if she disappeared it would be horrible. For Nico though, she lost her mother when she was very young, and comes across a special box that has come information about her mother that she had never known. She was a huge Nirvana fan and had gone to concerts. She had also written a note to Kurt Cobain himself which made it seem like she may have been more than just a fan of the music. This sends Nico on a journey of self discovery that will take her places that she never thought she would be, and meeting people she never though that she would meet.

Being completely honest here, I was never a fan of Nirvana or Curt Cobain. You don't need to be to like this book though. I loved the meshing of true history about Cobain into the fictional story that the author wrote. She blends it so seamlessly that  if you never knew the true history behind everything, you would think that this was a completely believable true story. Also being a child of the 90's, I found that I was able to truly relate to a lot of the topics that this book covers and events that are mentioned. I liked the way that Manzer portrays Nico's love of music. It kind of reminds me of the nostalgia of the movie "Almost Famous." The sort of "young person on a journey to find themselves," story. You will love this book, if you love music or not. Nico is such a joy to read about and you will not be disappointed in any way by the time that you finish the last page.

4 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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