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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|
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|Product Weight:||0.72 pounds|
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|Package Weight:||0.75 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 47 reviews|
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17 of 19 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.
3 of 3 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.
4 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Amazing! Feb 25, 2013
This book was absolutely amazing, I did not know what to expect because I had read some of Pete's other work and it was never in full out novel form. I literally couldn't put the book down and finished it in one night, at 4am. I kind of wish he had just called it an autobiography and been more specific for the characters. I have basically figured out that most of the characters are real people with different names. I like this because it is more realistic, I just wish I knew exactly what was real and what was fictional. I recommend that you get it, it is definitely one of my favorites of all time.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
I liked it, but you may not Jul 08, 2013
By Jasmine Heyward
I came into this with pretty low expectations because or read a lot of bad or "meh" reviews, but I really enjoyed this! A couple do's and do nots:
DO read if you're interested in psychology, especially abnormal psychology (mental illness) and psychopharmacology (how drugs affect the brain)
DO NOT read just because you are a Pete Wentz/Fall Out Boy fan and you want to know more about his/their story. That will not be enough for you to enjoy this, especially since parts of this "novel" are word for word from real life and parts are very different.
DO read if you enjoy vivid imagery that really paints a scene and makes you *feel* the characters
DO NOT read if you want a book that is extremely plot driven: so much so that you could draw it out on one of those little diagrams that you used in school. It's just not.
Basically, try to separate it from Pete/FOB (I know, it's hard) and enjoy the writing in the moment, not for the entire literary structure, and you will enjoy it. I did at least.
2 of 3 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!
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