Tuesday, December 4, 2012
ARC Review: Gray by Pete Wentz
Sometimes, late at night in the hotel room, after the lights have gone out and the mistakes have already been made, when it is heavy and silent and still, I lie awake and listen to my pulse on the pillow…
Imagine you are on a tour bus, the miles whistling away beneath you as you sleep. Tomorrow you will wake up in downtown Somewhere. It doesn’t matter. All the skylines look the same. Time is only marked by events. The world is on a first-name basis with you.
But you…you barely even know yourself. There are those who give in completely to the idea of what it means to be famous. And those who can’t ever seem to leave the past behind. Life is a deep and contemplative story stuck on repeat—love, loss, self-destruction, self-discovery.
If you could go back to the way things were before you made it…would everything still be gray?
Gray was really hard for me to get through. The author’s writing could definitely use a bit more experience. He was very vague about quite a few of the major points in the book. The biggest thing he was vague about was 'Her'. That’s right, Her. The author never uses a name for the main female character. I think he did it to seem more artistic. However, it just didn’t work. His writing style just wasn’t for me. He used a lot of metaphors which made the book confusing. For the first ten percent of the book, I had no idea what was going on. The book starts out where the main character is on the road during a tour, thinking about Her. The author doesn’t really start explaining who ‘Her’ is until about chapter four. The only character I really cared for was the Disaster. He made me laugh quite a few times. I liked his weirdness and awkwardness. His ‘I don’t care’ attitude also made for some interesting points. The rest of the characters were boring and easily forgettable. The only reason I a giving the book as high of a rating as I am is because of the ending. The ending is the only part of the book that made me feel something. It was heart breaking. The ending completely shocked me to my core. If Pete Wentz had wrote the rest of the book like he has the ending, I would have loved it. Unfortunately, the ending can’t make up for how bad the rest of the book was. Needless to say, I will not read anything else by him. I think that in the future Pete Wentz needs to stick to song writing.
I give Gray: 2/5.
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I received this ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.