Book Review: Thank You, Goodnight
ashley | While I usually gravitate towards books with a bit of a darker twist to them, I also have a big weakness for books about music. Not to mention I’m a big fan of Nick Hornby and Almost Famous, so I wanted to read Thank You, Goodnight by Andy Abramowitz before I even got through the first paragraph of the description. I’ve read a ton of coming-of-age stories, but this might very well be one of my first coming-of-middle-age stories, something I didn’t know I was missing until I just found it. This second coming of “what am I supposed to do with my life?!” is something I am currently experiencing myself, so this book came at the perfect time.
I think this is a very relatable concept, whether you are a has-been musician or not. I think we all kind of wonder if these are the good years and what is to come. I enjoyed following Teddy on his journey to reclaim his former fame and I loved that he never seemed like the over the top egotistical rock star. While one would bask in all the initial attention he received the second time around, he was far more surprised and kind of reluctant to believe anyone could still care about him. It was a nice way to balance out the character and I really enjoyed him.
There’s a lot of sarcasm and humour within the words, which I appreciate. It was written well and engagingly, the story flowed quickly and it was easy to get caught up in it all. But Thank You, Goodnight kind of suffered from a curse I see a lot in debut novels – the curse of too many words. I don’t mean it was a long read, I just mean that each sentence was stocked full of descriptives and adjectives and additional words that paint a more colourful picture, but when used in every single sentence one after the other, it becomes an inundation of unnecessary words. It was written in first person, but I have a hard time picturing someone speaking with the voice this was written in sometimes. But after a while, this voice does seem fitting for a former rock star who has a lot to say but nowhere to say it.
Part three: The Mix was definitely my favourite part of the book, when Abramowitz takes us through the band’s recording sessions. This is definitely interesting and knowledgeable and it’s really interesting to see the four characters we’ve followed so far through the book come together and reunite in the way they were always meant to connect.
This really was a pleasure to read. I ripped through it super quickly and pretty much enjoyed every minute of it. Abramowitz has an easy writing style and he crafts an uplifting and funny story that will definitely engage readers but also leave them feeling pretty light and happy-go-lucky in the end. I liked Teddy a lot, though he was sometimes pretty self centered, and I enjoyed watching him try to wade through his complicated relationships with pretty much everyone in his life and former life to sort of rebuild his dream and figure out once and for all what it is he really wants.