My rating: 4 stars
This was a difficult book for me at the beginning. At first I didn’t understand the pace of the book with its chapters with songs lyrics or news articles from magazines. It was not something I was used to, maybe.
The tone of the book is very melancholic and when I started reading it I thought it was too sad for me. So I abandoned the book for a few months, stopping at around 15%.
I eventually read some more later and thought that maybe I was too judgmental of the book. The story is about Jody Grafton, a singer and songwriter that seemed very real to me, because he has his flaws, uncertainties and is just trying to get along with life.
He was tired. Tired of running from whatever he was running from. Tired of not having anything to run to. Tired of the sleepless nights. Tired of the nightmares that haunted him. Tired of the elephants in the room. Just tired.
Millburn, Joshua Fields, As a Decade Fades, pg. 151, loc. 1918-1920
I was completely hooked by the story at around 40% of the book, and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. It was emotional with hints of sadness but also it had that realization that life is simple and we are the ones who actually complicate it.
And one of my favorites quotes of this book is:
Sometimes we have to get everything we ever wanted before we realize that everything we wanted is not what we wanted at all.
Millburn, Joshua Fields, As a Decade Fades, pg. 155, loc. 1964-1965