Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer
Published by Delacorte Press
Published on March 8th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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What if you discovered that Kurt Cobain is not only alive, but might be your real father?
Nicola Cavan has been an outsider since age four when her mother vanished from their home in Victoria, British Columbia. Now 15, Nico is determined to find her beautiful, music-obsessed mother. After glimpsing “Cobain” on a ferry from Seattle, Nico follows the man with the blazing blue eyes to a remote Vancouver Island cabin—and her life will never be the same.
“Save Me, Kurt Cobain is: Utterly gorgeous. Mesmerizing. Hypnotic. I was intoxicated by Nico's quest for her mother, father, and self, as well as by Jenny Manzer's magnetically lovely writing. I love this book.”–Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places
“Raw and authentic.” –Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice and Devoted
This nuanced and bittersweet YA debut will keep you guessing until the end.
The more I think about this book, the more aggravated I get. I know that what drew me to this book was having Kurt Cobain in the title; I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but I was definitely expecting more than what I got. What I ended up with was basically a Cobain biography with a side story about a somewhat unlikable little girl, Nico.
I feel like 80% of this book was Nico spewing facts about Cobain, which for me sucks because I have been reading about and listening to Cobain since I was a kid, so I didn’t need a rehash of all of these details. I don’t think audiences for this book really do at all, since this isn’t a biography. Also, if we just took this story and placed it in 2015 instead of 2006, Nico would just be a hipster, with all her trendy grunge gear and love of 90’s grunge and alternative radio. So let’s throw her in 2006 so it doesn’t seem like she is just a hipster…. okay. Sure.
Also, could I get some dialogue? Almost this entire book takes place in Nico’s head, having conversations with herself, and man is Nico’s head a dull place. I was very bored during the majority of this book. I felt like a zombie just dragging myself through it.
Nico’s thoughts were a scatterbrained mess. They were all over the place. I couldn’t stand it. Like things that seem like they should be connected or are supposed to just don’t fit properly together, and I don’t know if that is the fault of the writing or if the character is supposed to be that annoying. I am also getting a bit tired of the disappearing mom act. I feel like this has become a frequently used trope recently in contemporary young adult novels, and while I have seen it done well, I am also just over it. But that is the risk you run with YA – repetitiveness. Talking about this is just making me grumpy. I’m out.
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