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Dazed: The Story of a Grunge Rocker (The Dazed #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
When artiste extraordinaire and grunge rocker, Eric Peterson, returns home after living on the Portland streets, he finds most things unchanged, except for one thing. His best friend, Kevin, has moved on to another relationship, causing negativity and pain to resurface in Eric's short, angry, inspired life. Desperate, Eric will stop at nothing to secure a blast of smack, ...more
ebook, 424 pages
Published May 19th 2012 by Silver Publishing
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Dec 28, 2012 Silvio rated it it was amazing
This is truly, for some reason that's beyond me, a hidden gem, an underestimated book written in almost beautifully lyrical prose. On the contrary, it explores many difficult themes. I treasure it like an unforgettable experience with a profound meaning, despite, or more exactly, because of numerous times of breathlessness and heartache.

It's a story about Eric Peterson's heroin addiction, his withdrawal from its irresistible allurement and attempt at avoiding relapse, his immeasurable love for m
Sep 03, 2012 Rick rated it it was amazing
Dazed is the kind of book that you remember for days, months, maybe even years after you read it. It's haunting, real, tortured, but ultimately redemptive. It makes you want to hurl adjectives in wonder at the finely-honed, economical prose: muscular, hard-edged, evocative, yet at the same time, lyrical and poetic. The story doesn't simply tug you along; it grabs you by the throat, holding you captive to its grungy, nihilistic, delicious, scary, sometimes humorous, and always searing portraiture ...more
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Feb 21, 2013 Jenny - TotallybookedBlog rated it really liked it
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Jenny:4.5 Stars

Gitte: I absolutely loved this story for so many reasons. It was raw, emotional, merciless, beautiful yet ugly! I knew nothing about this book going in which made it such an amazing heart-wrenching experience and I frantically read it in almost one sitting as I could not put it down. Every single fibre of me was emotionally invested in this story. It was flawlessly written and I loved the eerie and despondent atmosphere surrounding the wor
The characters weren't really likable esp the MC Eric, and I just didn't understand his relationship with Brian. Eric was so hung up on his childhood BF who comes home with his boyfriend, but then Eric meets Brian, and that's it, he wants Brian. There was no build up of their relationship, and it seemed like Eric was really only in it for himself. Their first time having sex was really awful and I felt badly for Brian, but Brian could not have cared less because he was gaga for Eric. The book ...more
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Feb 17, 2013 Gitte & Jenny - TotallyBookedBlog rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Gitte: 4.5 stars
Jenny:4..5 Stars

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Gitte: I absolutely loved this story for so many reasons. It was raw, emotional, merciless, beautiful yet ugly! I knew nothing about this book going in which made it such an amazing heart-wrenching experience and I frantically read it in almost one sitting as I could not put it down. Every single fibre of me was emotionally invested in this story. It was flawlessly written and I loved the eerie and despondent atmosphere surrounding the words making up thi
Rob Same
Aug 24, 2012 Rob Same rated it it was amazing
Nikki Palomino’s novel Dazed will automatically evoke the potent image of the late Kurt Cobain, though in reality the protagonist is a composite of several grunge rockers with liberal doses of Palomino’s pure literary intention folded in. No doubt her own experiences in the rock scene and the desperate streets inform much of the intense and gritty reality sketched in the fervid thoughts of Dazed’s tormented rocker. It is possible that he is the male alter ego for the author but then such ...more
Emily Walker
Jun 29, 2012 Emily Walker rated it it was amazing
From the beginning of Nikki Palomino's Dazed I knew I was in for an intense ride. The pain and haze that living on the streets had enveloped Eric in was evident through the writing. Palomino has a very raw style of writing that gets the point across. Anyone who has been or has known an addict knows they see the world differently than everyone else. The protagonist is dealing with a crippling addiction and the fact that he is homosexual in a world that doesn't accept it.

The writing sucks you in a
Apr 21, 2013 S.K. rated it really liked it
I must admit this was not the usual type of book I read. I am super happy that I did. While the story is written about Eric - a once homeless grunge rocker (throw in relentless drug user), you can't help but feel the intense emotional release of the author as if telling this story was her own personal therapy. Reading it you almost feel as you are in a documentary or behind the music of classic rockers only more intense. This book is definitely for mature audiences and NOT for the faint at ...more
Steve Christie
Nov 23, 2012 Steve Christie rated it it was amazing
One mans epic climb through all the crap the world throws upon him.
This is a top notch account of a world seen through the eyes of a Junkie.Excellent storytelling from beginning to end, with a cast of totally believable characters.I loved following Eric on his journey of self discovery and his quest for absolution
Well worthy of 5 stars!
I just couldn't get past the messy writing style. It fit with the tone of the book, though.
This was not a easy book to read i had to take a few breaks in between.
Mar 12, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This one was a little hard for me to get through because of the powerful emotions it evokes. It is hauntingly beautiful. This author held nothing back. This was a real and raw portrayal in the life of an addict. The character Eric was a nineteen year old who had dealt with so much in his life up to this point. The book starts with him on the streets. He comes home but he doesn’t fit in. He has a strained relationship with his mom and his dad is a no show. He is addicted to drugs and also coming ...more
Nanee Mcgee
Jun 26, 2013 Nanee Mcgee rated it it was amazing

I don't know how to describe my feelings throughout this amazing story other than awe of the writing and story itself. This story was amazingly unique describing the life of Eric Peterson a talented artist, a amazing guitarist , writer and junkie with two inches. Eric left home (was kicked out) and lived on the streets of Portland for a year ( the writer describes his feelings and actions as though you were their with him) what he delt with and lost. Then he's back home and dealing with daily li
Chris Davison
May 29, 2013 Chris Davison rated it it was amazing
I read a diverse range of books, from crime to horror. Humour to fantasy. As a rule though, I normally stay clear of studies of individuals. But, I did a check on Amazon after discovering this authors work on Facebook. I read the 'Look Inside' feature and immediatley ordered the book in paperback. The writing was so damn good.
The story concernes the return of a talented atrist to his home town. Through drug abuse he has lost his way and squandered his talent. His return sparks a revival.
That nut
Jul 23, 2013 Joe rated it it was amazing
This isn't an easy read. Then again, drug addiction isn't an easy life. There's nothing neat and tidy about the life of Eric Peterson the young, sexually confused (or rather sexually sure just surrounded by bigots), grunge rocker. The love he wants is just out of reach, the mother and father he needs too caught up in their own BS to do their jobs, and the music that can be his salvation, well, dope comes part and parcel with the gig. But it's accurate. There's a romance--especially at a young ...more
Dazed was a full of drama, much like a Lifetime or Hallmark movie. That isn't a slight. When I'm in the mood for drama, and especially tears, Lifetime and Hallmark are great. The book's subtitle makes it seem like music and the grunge rock scene play a big role in the story, but I didn't really get a sense of Eric as a musician. Mostly I got a sense of him as a drug addict. The music was something he was good at, but the drugs were more important and was what occupied most of Eric's time. In a ...more
Nov 29, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing
Well written gripping story about addiction,life,love,friendship and everything that goes with it.This was a book that I couldn't put down.This is the begining of the end of a talented person that has it....trying and not knowing what it is.It is a story about love of family-blood and non-blood that stick with Eric no matter what...This shows you the why of addiction and the why addicts can't just stop.You will walk away from this book with a different outlook at addicts.Hopefully with a better ...more
J.J. Lair
Jul 26, 2013 J.J. Lair rated it liked it
This book was recommended to me by Facebook. The author also hosts a music show that I see mentioned on Facebook often.
The book starts with a shock of drug use and keeps tension throughout. The graphic descriptions of drug use and the after effects on the person’s body are vivid and really stay with you afterward. The effects of the lifestyle crush not only the main characters of the story but other people like associates and family.
This isn’t a pop culture mainstream feel-good book at all, bu
Serena Yates
Jun 29, 2012 Serena Yates rated it did not like it
Shelves: gay
Not quite sure what to say about this one. It has a pretty unique voice, and sounds as if it accurately represents the environment of drugs, rock bands, and the fight against addiction. The blurb is a pretty accurate description of what to expect (so is the reader caution), so be prepared.

If you're up for an experimental read that is extremely realistic, packs a few punches, and is not a romance, give this one a try.
Beth Wright
Jul 29, 2013 Beth Wright rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-read
Sex, drugs and Rock and Roll. Yes, this book is more for the adult viewers, especially since we all can relate to hardships and life trials that torment and torture us. If you want to read something that can show you the world of stardom and pain, then this book is most defiently for you. Nicely done, Nikki. You really know how to hold your fans to their seats till the very ending

Kristy Maitz
May 18, 2012 Kristy Maitz rated it liked it
Its really hard story. Plot is full of drugs, suffering, drama, drama, drama. Its not happy ending story or rather I don't see it that way. So who even will try to read it get yourself prepared.
Anne Marie
Mar 06, 2013 Anne Marie rated it really liked it
Excellent book. I was surprised at its reality. Many families deal with this everyday. I await the book 2.
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As a runaway, from the streets of NYC to the Strip
of L.A., Nikki spent her youth as a grunge punk rock
musician, racking up the confusion, frustration and passion
and leading her to write DAZED (The Story of a Grunge
Rocker), the first in a series of novels about the drug and
music culture of the '90s. She learned life, drugs, and
alternative music touring in a van packed with the rest of
the band, equi
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