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Gray

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  995 ratings  ·  155 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by MTV Books (first published January 8th 2013)
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Marcella Nunez
I think a lot of the people who are reviewing this book don't understand the mind of the author AT ALL, and are therefore disappointed because they went into this expecting some sort of Fall Out Boy autobiography, not realizing that this is an individual's novel, which is, I'm assuming based on the knowledge I have of Wentz's life, based on true events. Do all stories NEED a point? Do all stories NEED a moral? No. That's why writing is CREATIVE, because there are essentially no rules. And if you ...more
Rachelle Vaughn
I don't normally write reviews for books. Rather than splash my critiques onto the internet, I keep my thoughts to myself, holding them close, keeping them personal. After all, reviews are just opinions, subjective words waiting to be disagreed with and argued. However, in the case of Gray by Pete Wentz, I am making a rare exception.

Gray is moving, deep, poignant and depressing. It's beautiful and engrossing. It will break your heart wide open, force you to stare into its dark void, sew up the w
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Jaimee
I loved this book, but I can understand why others might not.
The writing style, for example, is just purely Pete Wentz - it's self indulgent, self pitying, long running sentences with no pauses, but also beautiful, poetic, and charming.
I thought the book had so much heart, and Narrator was very relatable and honest. Too often I've read book aimed at young people depicting suicide or addiction and the writer has no idea whatsoever, but Pete, having gone through it all, gets it completely right.
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Lisa
3,5*

It´s pretty difficult for me to rate and decide whether I would recommend Gray.

The book is about the rise of the protagonist´s band, his struggle with anxiety and depression and his troubled relationship with 'Her'. If you have a certain knowledge about Pete Wentz himself and Fall Out Boy, you cannot but wonder how much Gray is inspired by Wentz´s personal experience with the music buisness.

However, Gray doesn´t really have a typical plot. It´s more a narration of a time period of a few ye
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Jon
Sep 24, 2012 Jon rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Jon by: Myself. Sadly.
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When I saw that Pete Wentz wrote a book I had to request it on Edelweiss. Pete Wentz is the renowned former bassist and lyricist of Fall Out Boy. Gray is inspired by the rise of Fall Out Boy and Pete's relationship with his girlfriend. I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn't.

Gray is a depressing book that really has no moral value. It is the story of Pete's drug addiction and battle with love. I really hated how depressing this book was and this
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Erica
This book was incredible. I have been a fan of Fall Out Boy for many years, and a large part of this was a result of the lyrical content of their songs. And this is where my love of Pete Wentz's words begun. This book is like reading a 200+ page Fall Out Boy song. The chapters are filled with metaphors, incomplete sentences, and a musical flow of one paragraph into the next. This book is not for those that want a straightforward story. Much of this book means exactly what you want it to mean and ...more
Aubrey
It took me a couple of days of reflection to bring myself to write a review. When Gray ended, I just wasn't sure how I felt. The rawness and honesty stuck with me. There are few books I continue thinking about long after I've finished.

Grey is the story of a musician and his progression through the industry. When I went into the read I was expecting a lot about the music, with a little romance on the side (sex sells, remember?). In fact, that's why I thought Amazon suggested it to me. Yes, this b
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Mary
Apr 07, 2013 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Pete Wentz and Fallout Boy, people with an appreciation for beautifully written books
Recommended to Mary by: Myself
Love this book. Can sort of understand why, but really don't get how so many people don't like it.

I found it to be many wonderful things and it manages to set off hundreds of emotions in the reader in the space of just a couple of pages. It is dark (pitch-black, in fact), but it is often hopeful and always beautifully written. The descriptions are gorgeous, and to get a chance to see the world through someone as brilliantly gifted with words as Pete Wentz is fantastic.
Definitely a must for any
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Lauren Thompson
As a big Fall Out Boy fan, I thought that I would love this book and fawn over the words of one of my favourite band dudes, but Gray didn't really live up to my expectations.

As a follower of Wentz's blogs and music for a long time, Gray feels like a rehashed and extended version of a Livejournal entry. Lines from Fall Out Boy songs pop up frequently and it's all too easy to draw the parallels between Wentz's own personal life and the protagonist's, which makes the novel come off pretty self indu
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kurdt105
this book kind of fucks you up a bit, puts you in a headspace that makes it almost a physical challenge to crawl out of again. i still give it five stars, it doesn't happen too often that a book makes me cry.

it’s a story of a fucked-up mind. it’s about love and loss, looking for something and running away from it at the same time.

the language is intensive and heavy, loaded with metaphors. it drags you in, it lulls you in, you want to know what is happening even though there’s not much. it’s what
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Lillian

Pete Wentz's second novel is a mess. An unadulterated mess. A huge fucking-- Let me explain. The story (if you could call it that) follows our protagonist (if you could call him that) as he tries to figure out his life with his mental illness and girlfriend (if you could call her that). That entire sentence has everything wrong with this book. The story is nonexistent. It's some sort of free-form plot that doesn't follow a storyline, which is ridiculous because it's fiction. This story isn't aut

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Virginiatingley
I had to fight my initial feelings of annoyance at what I thought was overwritten, abstract prose. I was prepared to roll my eyes at this book, to say "oh, Pete" every few paragraphs. I thought that the words would come off as trying too hard. But then, I realized why the style of prose seemed familiar to me, and where I had seen it before, and the book bloomed into something different for me.

Kerouac. The beat generation. This is the type of book that Pete has written, the only difference is tha
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Lydia
Cover art: Personally I don’t think it looks that professional or artistic, but it certainly matches the title and theme.

Premise: I am a big fan of the author’s band Fall Out Boy. He is an excellent lyricist so I was interested to see if he could translate those skills to prose. Despite it being labelled a fictitious novel, the subject matter makes it kind of obvious that it is closer to an autobiography.

Characters: The main characters in the book are distinct – being the unnamed protagonist, hi
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Jenna
Oct 08, 2009 Jenna marked it as to-read
Pete Wentz is pretty much the reason I'm not masochistic anymore. His story inspired me a lot, and now he's my celebrity role model. Thanks Pete!!!

Ugh just found out this book isn't going to be published yet. Oh well
I'll leave it on my list.
Felicia
Amazing book. So well-written. I have been a fan since i was 14 years old and I admire him so much more after reading his book.
Erika Schoeps
I love this book. But, I don't think other people will love it as much as I do. Gray isn't polished or organized, and is sometimes random. I loved Gray because the author isn't really a novel writer, he's a poet. The reader is constantly bombarded with metaphor and colorful prose, and it never stops. Sometimes, I just wanted some simpler language, but more often the prose is visceral and effecting. The writing is almost physical, and it pulled me right in. Also, the feeling of the book is all ov ...more
Pam S
Disclaimer: I may be biased because of my love for Pete Wentz and all things Fall Out Boy...

I've read reviews about how this book doesn't really have a plot... I agree but I actually really like it that way. The protagonist of the book (which seems a lot like Pete) suffers from depression, anxiety, and bipolar (I don't think bipolar is ever mentioned by name but he does talk about his mania). With mental illness, life sometimes seems like it doesn't have a plot. Every moment has to be intense be
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Molly
I love Pete's mind and was hooked to this!

You've really got to understand the style that he writes in. He is truly different from the rest and if you're a fan of his lyrics then you can't go wrong.

I found this as a good insight into one of my favourite minds and the darkness of it all was incredibly interesting. It looks at the darker side of the mind and fame. It's not a simple case of guy and girl trying to make it work when a band hit it big, it's about them struggling with the industry, and
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Tiferet
This was a mess, and an even worse study in misogyny than the lyrics on FOB's first album (and I'm saying it as a huge fan of the band).
Rae Quigley
As a warning, issues like addiction, suicidal thoughts, death, and depression are all frequent topics of the story and could be triggering to some readers.

Let's start with how beautifully written Gray was. Now, I'm not sure how much help Pete Wentz received from James Montgomery, but this reads so much like Pete, which made it really unsurprising just how lovely it truly was. The book is fiction, loosely based of Pete's life and his rise to fame with Fall Out Boy, but for the most part the event
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Miss Bookiverse
Um mit Gray etwas anfangen zu können, sollte man wohl einige Voraussetzungen erfüllen. Erst mal muss man wissen, wer Pete Wentz ist, nämlich der Bassist und Hauptsongtextschreiber der Poppunkband Fall Out Boy (FOB). Das allein reicht vielleicht nicht aus. Es hilft FOB Songtexte zu kennen (und zu schätzen) und ein bisschen etwas über Pete zu wissen, z.B. dass er angeblich unter Depressionen und schlimmerem leidet oder dass er für ein paar Jahre mit Popsängerin Ashlee Simpson verheiratet war.

„Call
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Vanessa
This book was depressingly moving and emotional. The title Gray fits it perfectly, you're inside of someone's head who sees the world as bleak and gray. The protagonist struggles with his emotions throughout the book as he navigates through the ups and downs of life as well as shifting to sudden rockstar fame. The portrayal is so realistic and deeply personal that you can't help wonder how much of this was inspired by the author, Pete Wentz's, life.
The writing style was very lyrical, I felt as
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Alex
I'm a huge Fall Out Boy fan, so when I saw that Wentz wrote a novel, I had to read it ASAP, naturally. I love his lyrics and his music, but his prose? Not so good. This is masturbatory and a thinly-veiled almost-autobiography that should would have been better if he'd published the damn thing as one. There's no plot, really, except that the main character, aka Pete Wentz, is a depressed rock star who has mental problems and attachments (I wouldn't really call it "being in love") with a girl he o ...more
Lazy Seagull

Sometimes I just look at this book and think about Jeanae and wonder what it feels like to have an entire book written about a trainwreck of a relationship with someone bitter enough to write a book about it 8 years after it ended. Oh man. Maybe it was based on Ashlee or something, but since its set around the time TTTYG/FUCT comes out, I'm pretty sure it's Jeanae.

Dang. That's a lot of bitterness. But it's manifested itself in okay writing, so there's that.

I think of this as something reminiscen
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Zeila
Pete Wentz has always been my favorite lyricist, and I strive to mirror his writing style. I admire how easily he writes double entendres and his vivid imagery. Sure, his style isn't "flowery," but it sure echoes the angsty teen in all of us. It took him years to finally release this book and I was quick to pre-order it once he announced its imminent arrival. All that waiting was worthwhile; his second book did not disappoint.

Though the book is fiction, there's no doubt that some elements were
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Kayla
I absolutely adore everything about this book. From the beautiful writing to the references I think it's an all around great book. I see a lot of people bashing it because of the narrator. And while this book is not an autobiography, it does take elements of Pete Wentz's life. Because of that, I do believe that fans of his and even Fall Out Boy fans would probably enjoy this more, and would probably recognize and understand the events better.

"He's over romanticizing his mental disorder waaaaah
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Kelsey
Wow. This one surprised me. Fall Out Boy was one of my favorite bands about 10 years ago, and then when they became popular, I thought I was too cool to keep listening (which is ridiculous, but such is the way of the teenager). So when I got the ARC of this book, I was definitely curious...but skeptical. Not because I don't enjoy Pete Wentz's songwriting...just because I thought this might be one more case of a celebrity who (erroneously) thinks they can write a novel. Nothing could be further f ...more
lisa
here's the thing- i got into fall out boy early, through a bit of luck and feeling too much kinship with pete wentz. so i know more about the band's (and especially pete's) early years than the average person, but i try not to be a stalker so i probably know less than many people in bandom. either way, i can't write a real review of this book because i have a pretty good idea how much of it is autobiographical (a lot) which makes it too hard for me to separate pete from the story.

the writing's o
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Randi
I've read what people think about this book and my first thought is, "if you know Pete Wentz or you're a Fall Out Boy fan? Why are you expecting anything other than what this gave you?" Apart from that I thought it was a great book. I was also expecting it to be a little over the top emo like it was, dear ol Pete. The only thing about it that bothered me was the fact that it was either a rehash of his life or an autobiography and I wish I knew which one it was. But ignoring that fact, it's a goo ...more
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Peter Lewis Kingston "Pete" Wentz III (born June 5, 1979) is an American musician, lyricist and Music video director, most famous for his work with the Chicago-based band Fall Out Boy. In recent years, he has hosted the MTV program FNMTV. Wentz was born Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III, in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of Dale Wentz, a high school admissions counse ...more
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