Book Review: Where Did You Sleep Last Night

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ashley | ​ A book about Kurt Cobain, with Nirvana song lyrics and so much hype that I saw this beautiful cover everywhere in Toronto this summer? Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Lynn Crosbie was everything I knew I needed. But after reading it, only one phrase comes to mind: What a trip.

I don’t even know where to start, or how to describe it. I’m ashamed to say it took me a while to find my footing in this weird magical mix between angsty teenage poetry (I can almost see the neon coloured pens!), fan fic and a crazy, colourful acid trip. Or maybe heroin trip would be more accurate. That’s how things start out, a big mess of teenage fangirling over Kurt Cobain, which I am no stranger to myself, but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep up with it if it kept at that pace.

Thankfully it tones down a bit into more of a fan fiction prose, taking a journey through Cobain’s life, mixing in fantasy elements and daydreams, and basically recounting the life of two junkies who want to be rockstars and then want to hide from everything that means. Towards the end, it seems like things just run in a chaotic circle, but for the most part it was, like I said, a trip. And if nothing else, this was a really great way to relive my love of Cobain without having to re-read blatant facts about things I already know.

One thing is for sure, Crosbie knows how to dive deep into the most secret inner corners of a teenage girls mind and expose all the embarrassing obsessive thoughts and ideas of celebrity crushes and daydreams. But more than that, as a self proclaimed Cobain fan, some of Crosbie’s very personal and intimate thoughts about Cobain’s work or songs or voice echo my own thoughts and feelings. Things I have said myself numerous times. This book hit really close to home.

4.5CityGirlScapesRating

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published
May 2, 2015

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