Kristyn Dunnion's "Mosh Pit" is a book that grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go until it drags you to the deepest part of Hell. Not that thaKristyn Dunnion's "Mosh Pit" is a book that grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go until it drags you to the deepest part of Hell. Not that that's entirely a bad thing, though. I guess it just depends on what you can take.
Sixteen-year-old punk lesbian Simone follows her love interest Cherry to nightclubs and punk rock shows. From the very beginning, however, the book establishes that Cherry isn't really interested in Simone--in fact, she basically doesn't care about anyone other than herself--so Simone is often left to sit back and watch Cherry descend further and further into the world of hard drugs. As Cherry's addiction escalates, Simone finds support in her transgender friend Carlotta, butch punk rocker Diesel, and, most importantly, sex worker Carol. When Simone finally discovers her own identity, she finds the strength to confront Cherry. Can she do it?
Well, you're going to have to read the book to find out.
What I liked about the book is that it's not afraid to go to the dark side. Dunnion creates a world far removed from the comfortable suburbia most of us are accustomed to. Like "The Basketball Diaries," "Mosh Pit" chronicles the dangers of drug addiction without being preachy. It's honest, gritty, disturbing, and real.
The reason why I gave it only three stars, though, is because I often felt like it was too much. Every page was like DRUGS! SEX WORK! RAPE! BROKEN HOMES! ARMED ROBBERY! CRACK HOUSE! Plus, as a huge punk rock fan, I expected it to be more punk culture than drug culture.
But overall I enjoyed "Mosh Pit." It's unlike anything I've ever read....more
Judging by the previews, the movie version of "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" will be WAY different from the book. So if you are a fan of the booJudging by the previews, the movie version of "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" will be WAY different from the book. So if you are a fan of the book, don't expect it to be a direct adaptation.
Now, on to the book.
Nick is a bassist in a queercore punk band (he's the only straight member) who is still hurting after his girlfriend Tris broke up with him. One night after seeing Tris at a club, he asks total stranger Norah to pretend to be his girlfriend for five minutes. Norah, who has her own history with Tris (not like that!), surprisingly comply. The novel follows Nick and Norah as they spend the night roaming New York City, trying to figure out if their relationship will extend beyond five minutes.
Being a huge music fan, I loved how much music played a part in the story. Nick and Norah both love an underground punk band called Where's Fluffy, but after an awkward attempt at a hook-up during one of their gigs, neither one can stand to hear the band anymore. Also, I liked how it shows how complicated relationships can be. Relationships are never the perfect boy-meets-girl scenario in countless Disney movies. Love's a complicated thing, especially if you have baggage!
However, I gave the book three stars because of a few flaws. First, like many people have mentioned before, there's the language. I'm certainly not easily offended by four-letter words, but the characters curse like a Quentin Tarantino film. Certainly they could've held back on a few f***s, couldn't they? Also, even though I liked how the characters and relationship developed, technically there isn't much of a plot. That's why I guess the movie version is going to be so different; interior monologues don't make a very interesting movie, do they?
But it's not at all a bad book. I enjoyed reading it very much. It just could have been better....more
Being a recovering cutter myself, I thought the book was accurate with its depiction of self-harm and depression. However, it's a bit of a light read,Being a recovering cutter myself, I thought the book was accurate with its depiction of self-harm and depression. However, it's a bit of a light read, despite its subject matter. Still a good book, though....more