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  • Author:
    Caryn Rose
  • ISBN:
    0983502900
  • ISBN13:
    978-0983502906
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  • Publisher:
    Till Victory Press (June 26, 2011)
  • Pages:
    296 pages
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    Genre Fiction
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    4.3
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B-Sides and Broken Hearts. I took B-Sides with me on vacation this past August, mostly because the book came highly recommended to me by someone close to the Author.

B-Sides and Broken Hearts. I expected to like it (as I like most books that come recommended to my by this friend), but I was surprised how much I loved it. Having grown up in New Jersey, a town or two away from where the protagonist "Lisa" grows up and being part of the same generation as her with a similar childhood/ young adulthood life-soundtrack, I was completely taken back to my youth by the book. Lisa Simon, age 37, still loves loud punk rock and hates Dave Matthews with an all-consuming passion. April 15, 2001 should have been just another Sunday night. The death of one of her teenage heroes serves as an long-overdue wake-up call causing Lisa to examine her life and how she’s lived it, from her youth as a poet on the streets of the East Village to 10 years later, all grown up with a career and a fiance.

B-sides and Broken Hearts di Rose, Caryn su AbeBooks. Revaluation Books (Exeter, Regno Unito). Valutazione libreria. it - ISBN 10: 0983502900 - ISBN 13: 9780983502906 - Till Victory Press - 2011 - Brossura. Caryn Rose is a Brooklyn-based writer and photographer who documents rock-and-roll, baseball and urban life. She covers the ups and downs of the New York Mets at metsgrrl. com, reports on Bruce Springsteen for Backstreets Magazine and brucespringsteen. net, and ruminates about music at jukeboxgraduate. She lives in Greenpoint with her boyfriend and her cat, Jackie Wilson. B-Sides And Broken Hearts is her first novel. Valutazione venditore

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B-sides and broken hearts. about me. Caryn Rose is a New York City-based writer and photographer who documents rock and roll and urban life. She is the author of two novels, B-SIDES AND BROKEN HEARTS and A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME, and three non-fiction books, RAISE YOUR HAND; ONE GIRL, ONE TEAM, ONE CITY; and GAS, FOOD, WIFI. clips Contact info: caryn dot rose at gmail, nrose. B-sides and broken hearts.

Book one of the Broken. This book contains adult content intended for mature audiences only. This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

Caryn Rose's B-Sides and Broken Hearts is a rare book, one that incorporates music seamlessly into its core. B-Sides and Broken Hearts closely mirrored my own growing up process, my early days in New York City going to see bands in the late '70s/early '80s Back then. Rose's debut novel is filled with characters whose love for music is great and relatable, their passion for '80s and '90s indie rock and punk jumps off the page in this absorbing novel. B-Sides and Broken Hearts closely mirrored my own growing up process, my early days in New York City going to see bands in the late '70s/early '80s Back then, we had no Internet, no social media, no cellphones to call friends from in front of the stage. Bands built an audience brick by brick, fan by fan.

Lisa Simon, age 37, still loves loud punk rock and hates Dave Matthews with an all-consuming passion. -David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy. About the Author.

Lisa Simon, age 37, still loves loud punk rock and hates Dave Matthews with an all-consuming passion. April 15, 2001 should have been just another Sunday night. But a news headline landing in Lisa's email inbox changes everything: "Joey Ramone is dead." The death of one of her teenage heroes serves as an long-overdue wake-up call causing Lisa to examine her life and how she's lived it, from her youth as a poet on the streets of the East Village to 10 years later, all grown up with a career and a fiance. Add to the mix Jake McDaniel, lead singer of million-selling, critically-regarded Seattle band Blue Electric, known better to Lisa as the starving renegades who lived next door to her when she first arrived in Seattle. In the midst of an unexpectedly heated argument with the fiance over the historical relevance (or not) of the Ramones - which forces Lisa to face the truth about her relationship - Jake writes and invites Lisa to LA. Throwing what seems like half her cd collection in the car, along with a wardrobe consisting of high heels, jeans and t-shirts, Lisa starts driving from Seattle to LA in the middle of the night, accompanied by music, memories, and the ghosts of the past. Arriving in LA, she finds refuge, but also collides with her past, present and future; decisions need to be made, and this time, Lisa stands her ground.

Nikojas
Title: B-Sides and Broken Hearts
Author: Caryn Rose
Rating: 4.5 Stars

My Review
Usually the review would be on my blog first, but I thought I'd go out on a limb and hit GR while the read is fresh in my mind. And this review will be spoiler-free. :)

Firstly, I would like to point out that I most frequently review YA, but this is an adult book. It's not out of the question for older YA readers because it's not heavy on sex and has no violence...there is language, but it's not over the top. Of course, I'm an Irish girl from Jersey, so my sense of "clean" language is a little skewed. If I had to pick a genre, which I really don't want to do...oh, wait, this is my review and I don't have to do anything. Phew! It defies traditional genre labels, IMHO.

B-Sides is the story of Lisa, the ultimate fan, a fan whose love and passion goes so deep that it cannot be abandoned, even when everything else that she cares about falls away. I saw someone else refer to Lisa's character as a "groupie" in his review, and I would politely like to set the record straight. Lisa is a FAN. She doesn't sleep with the band members, or stalk them for the purpose of rubbing against them hoping to steal the pixie-dust. (That is a groupie) She is a hard-core, her heart aches, her stomach aches, heck, her scalp probably aches, FAN...she feels so strongly about the music that moves her. I think that anyone that has ever resonated strongly with anything creative can identify, even if they are not as educated a music-wonk as Lisa.

The story shifts between different phases in Lisa's life, which is forever altered by three major events: the death of Joey Ramone, an up-close attendance at a WHO concert at fifteen, and a soulmate named James. Lisa's life moves in the directions that seem so obvious, as if they had been laid out before she was born, when she connects with James and her New York City fantasy life is fulfilled. Until she's struck by tragedy and she picks up and moves her whole life to Seattle.

B-Sides is the story of how Lisa finds her way back...all the way back from the precipice of heartbreak, from the "settling" into "grownup" life, from the darkness of a life without creation...back home.

You could try to call this "chick-lit," but on some level I tend not to think of chick-lit as being this gritty. (Probably my personal bias) I found an authenticity to Lisa and her heartache, journey, and decision-making very compelling. With a less complex, less three-dimensional person, you'd never understand the relationship with Ian. With Lisa, Rose really shows the kind of "choices" that artists make as they get older and have to make concessions to things like eating and having a roof over their heads. It's always a balancing act between the need and the want...

You may have noticed that I haven't talked much about the musical foundation of the story. Clearly, Rose knows her stuff...WAY more than I do. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because the music references were occasionally too much for my knowledge base to truly get the 411 (yes, that was an intentional attempt at cheese). That being said, with the AMOUNT of music information in this book, the fact that I give it 4.5 tells you what a GREAT job Rose does of bringing those less knowledgeable along with Lisa on her ride.

I got fifty pages into this and emailed the author to curse and simultaneously thank her for making me cry. And that wasn't the first time. If you love music, then you will LOVE this book. (Just add and/or to each reference in the next sentence for me, will ya?) If you love NYC, the old Village, CBGBs, Seattle, Punk, Grunge, and Rock and Roll...then you will LOVE this book. If you like stories of strong women finding their way, then you will LOVE this book.

If you are a hard-core Dave Matthews fan...maybe not. That's just bein' honest folks.

I highly recommend this read.
Araath
Lisa Simon is a woman who knows what's important in her life and doesn't bother even pretending to conform. All that changes after she suffers a devastating loss in which she also loses a huge chunk of herself. This is her story as she emerges from the fog she lived in for over a decade to reclaim her old self. At the core of her journey is her love of music. It is what sustains her and what she shares with her friends and loved ones.

Familiarity with the music repeatedly referenced in the book, while not necessary, certainly helps one's understanding, and definitely adds to the enjoyment of the story. Anyone who has ever made a life-altering decision and lived to regret it will be able to sympathize with Lisa. Lisa's journey comes down to one simple fact that seems obvious, but I suspect that many people miss it: choose the people you surround yourself with carefully, as they say much more about who you really are than you can.

I read that some people are referring to B Sides and Broken Hearts as High Fidelity from a female perspective. While I am a huge fan of Nick Hornby, I found this story much enjoyable than High Fidelity, probably because I'm a woman. In fact, I enjoyed my Kindle edition so much, that I'm going to order a hard copy of this book - I do so love the weight and smell of an actual book!
Mopimicr
I really enjoyed reading this book and felt a bit sad as it came to an end. The book is about Lisa, a 37 year-old music lover who experiences a series of changes sparked by the death of one of her favorite musicians, Joey Ramone. The book travels back in time to see what makes Lisa tick and we then get to see how she pulls herself out of the life she'd settled for. I loved the character of Lisa. She's the right balance of hard ass and good friend. Ms. Rose's description of her grief was very realistic and didn't feel maudlin or forced. I cared about Lisa and cared about wanted to see her be happy.

You can't talk about this book and not talk about the music. I was of course familiar with most of the bands named in the book. However, I'm not well-versed in rock and roll so I didn't feel the musical connection to the songs Lisa played. That didn't detract from the point that music can heal, can be our best friend, can make us feel things nothing else on earth can ever make us feel. I know what's it's like to feel that way to other types of music. There will always be songs that take us back to that moment when we fell in love with the music, with the singer, with the band. There will be music that we soundtrack our lives to; the only difference between me and Lisa is that her soundtrack is a hell of lot cooler than mine!
krot
I took B-Sides with me on vacation this past August, mostly because the book came highly recommended to me by someone close to the Author. I expected to like it (as I like most books that come recommended to my by this friend), but I was surprised how much I loved it. Having grown up in New Jersey, a town or two away from where the protagonist "Lisa" grows up and being part of the same generation as her with a similar childhood/ young adulthood life-soundtrack, I was completely taken back to my youth by the book. This book is a must read for anyone who spent their teens in the 1970's and loves music. The journey with "Electric Blue" will talk directly to your childhood, and the book will end much too quickly. I can only hope Caryn Rose is feverishly typing away at her next book now.