|Shipping: ||Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25. |
Usually ships in 1 business days|
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?
|Publication Date:||February 19, 2013|
|Product Length:||8.48 inches|
|Product Width:||5.83 inches|
|Product Height:||0.96 inches|
|Product Weight:||0.72 pounds|
|Package Length:||8.5 inches|
|Package Width:||5.83 inches|
|Package Height:||1.1 inches|
|Package Weight:||0.75 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 31 reviews|
|Average Customer Review: ( 31 customer reviews )
Write an online review and share your thoughts with other customers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
8 of 10 found the following review helpful:
I liked it for what it was. Mar 08, 2013
As a huge Fall Out Boy fan, I have been waiting for this book for a long time. Pete has been writing this book (under a different name) for a while, and FOB fans never knew if it would ever surface. When I heard it was to be released, I was excited. I always knew that Pete's writing style would be flowery and metaphorical (and sometimes a little ridiculous) because that's what his lyrics are like. If you expected anything less, you're silly.
I mostly enjoy the way Pete writes. I like how he can suck you into a mindset and describe feelings in such a raw way. That's what makes FOB songs so compelling, too. But this alone isn't enough to carry the book. Whilst the story is simple, it's also very repetitive. He hashes over the same "problems" time and time again - which I think is the point, but you start to lose sympathy for the protagonist (which is obviously Pete). In some senses, I think this is intentional. I don't think Pete wants us to feel sympathy for him. Despite how depressing and apathetic the book is, I think he's just being honest. There are plenty of times in the book where the protagonist acknowledges that he isn't a pleasant person and I actually really liked the brutal honesty. As for "Her" (which is the ambiguous way he refers to his on/off girlfriend), I find her character tiring. Pete doesn't build her character well enough for us to care about her pain. One of the very first "problems" then have isn't explained well enough for us to care. He jumps from them being relatively OK, to briefly mentioning they argue, to him saying he wants to punish her for all the awful things she's done. To feel the anger alongside him, we need a little more insight than that. I found that difficult to shake. As the book progressed, you did feel more involved in their relationship but you're still very much just a spectator.
As for the other characters, as a FOB fan I found it weird to read about people with different names. There's no denying who "The Disaster", "The Animal" and "Martin". I appreciate that he doesn't use their real names because they're just "based" on these real people, but the story is not ambiguous enough for me to see them as separate characters simply inspired by. Pete insists it isn't a memoir-style book but it's so directly related that it's almost awkward. If he wanted to write just inspired by those he knows, he shouldn't have kept his protagonist (i.e him) in a successful rock band and could have transferred his experiences into different situations. So for me, this is very much a story about Pete's life, only most likely exaggerated.
Despite this, I DID read the book in one sitting. What does that say? That whatever was in there was worth it. I can't decide if it was because i'm fascinated by this being written by Pete, or if I secretly loved the craziness of this whole thing. I was like an explosion in my face of a crazy mans thoughts, and in that sense it was awesome. No, it won't be winning any awards. No, it isn't excellently written and it isn't executed all that great. But does that matter? Probably not. As a FOB fan, this is exactly what you expect. I'm not sure I would have wanted a glossy book with a moral message from Pete. It's imperfect, but it's honest and for that, i thoroughly enjoyed it.
7 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Beautiful & So Awesome! Feb 22, 2013
By Hannah Bananaz
"fall out at my disco"
This book is really well written! It reminds me of a Fall Out Boy song (obvoiusly haha) that is a couple hundred pages long. I really like the writing style and the descriptiveness. It's really interesting to see this side of the "industry" and what some bands go through. I really enjoy reading about Pete's experiances and it's cool to see who he wrote a lot of his songs about even if we never know Her specifically. I'm still reading it but I'm having a hard time putting it down!! I honestly don't want the book to end because I really enjoy how it's written and what it's about. It's not boring, theres always something happening and you feel what Pete describes feeling through the good and bad and find yourself wanting to know what happens next in his life as he goes from a college student to a rockstar. Definatly try reading it, I'm very happy with it! He's a very awesome person and a talented writer. :)
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Pete Wentz Apr 01, 2013
By Schon Duncan
This book is how everything feels. So many passages in this book I read over and over again because I didn't know anyone else thought this way. Beautiful insight into the mind of someone like me.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Wow, Amazing! Apr 08, 2013
I've been a Fall Out Boy and Pete Wentz fan for about 10 years and I was stoked when this book came out. I really didn't know what to except the fact I knew it wouldn't be your average book. (considering the lyrics he writes for Fall Out Boy)
The first page surprised me in a very good way and the rest of the book drew me in. It wasn't like anything I have ever read. I was surprised how much I could relate to some of the situations, thoughts and feelings in the book. It was cool when I pick out certain things in the book and think "o that's from a Fall Out Boy song," or "I know who that is,"
I love how this book isint like other books I've read where it's just feels all perfect and organized. This book feels like someone just telling you a story by letting their guard down and not worrying about the usual judgement from some people in the audiance. The emotions are really raw and discriptive giving you an insight into how it really works in the music industry these days. I just wish I knew the fiction part of the book!
All in all this is a great book and I recommend you read it before judging!
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Praise for Gray Feb 25, 2013
By Patrick Oates
I have read the book and it is extremely well written. The novel takes you on an incredible journey and leaves you at the edge of a new beginning. The main character is a 21st Century Holden Caulfield.
See all 31 customer reviews on Amazon.com
You May Also Like