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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,154 ratings  ·  287 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
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
T
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Lisa
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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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Aubrey
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holy-shit, mind-fuck
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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yourfavouritemixtape
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gelesen-2013
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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chrissy
SECOND REREAD - Dec 23-, 2018
Here I am, reading this for the third time. I was going through some of my old reviews and I forgot how much I f*cking loved this, so why not reread it one more time just for the hell of it?

My thoughts on this book have not changed since my first reread or original review, which I was expecting. Can you give a book more than 5 stars? This one deserves it.

FIRST REREAD - Jan 3-4, 2018
That was not disappointing at all. This is one of those books that has the same impac
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Jon
Aug 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Jon by: Myself. Sadly.
Find this review at Scott Reads It!

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 thi
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Erica
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Lauren McCourt
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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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Sarah Swann
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! I wasn't expecting his writing to be so poetic and lyrical. It was a nice surprise. The relationship in here was SO unhealthy and just seeing it go so back and forth was heart breaking, but also understandable. When you form that bond with someone, healthy or not, it's hard to break. I really enjoyed this book!
Lillian
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was ok

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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Hristina
Surprise, surprise, Pete Wentz's writing makes me feel things.

Let's talk about this book for a second, okay? I don't know why it took me so long to decide to finally read it. It's brilliant, and I'm not just saying that because I'm a big FOB fan.

This book captures the train of thought of a person with mental illness as beautifully as a book can. The constant change of mind, the continuous fears, the frequent panic attacks, the slow and sure slope into addiction (of any kind), the inability to do
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Mary
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Virginiatingley
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: celebrity
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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Ash Rocketship
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
My wife often jokes that Pete Wentz and I are soulmates and I am, at the very least, a fan and weirdly staunch defender of his whole deal and I've wanted to read this for a while, so when it popped up on sale I finally committed and blew through it. ('Blew through it' used to mean I read a book in one sitting, now it means nine days. My thirties are different than I expected.) This was like... reading self-insert fan fiction? By a famous person? Which was really weird. I hated the "Her" capitali ...more
Lis

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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Jenna
Aug 02, 2009 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.
Tiferet
Aug 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
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).
KTP
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Honestly it’s what I expected but I’m too old for this shit now.
Lydia
Feb 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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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Layne Homer
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"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." -Page 1, "Gray"

"Gray" is a beautifully written and lyrical story from the first person point of view of the narrator, who I assume is the author Pete Wentz himself, loosely based on his own life. Pete Wentz is the bassist and songwriter for Fall Out Boy, one of my favourite bands, and their l
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Alex
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Molly
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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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Felicia
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kendall Hampton
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
ALL THE FEELS.
Steff
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This has been sitting on my shelf for many years and yesterday I finally picked it up. The cover didnt really appeal to me but typically matches the theme; I'd literally bought it because I was a huge fan of Fall Out Boy and was intrigued to read the works of Pete Wentz. I can't work out if I'd recommend this book to others, but this certainly hit a lot of emotions. Its deep, sad yet hopeful, both beautifully and powerfully written and in some sort of way you can relate. It's a huge insight to P ...more
Tara
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
This book is intense, and even more harrowing when you think about how much of the material is autobiographical. It's one of those I wouldn't recommend you read unless your mental health is good.
And yes, it does read like a novel-length Fall Out Boy song.

Here are the allusions to pre-hiatus Fall Out Boy lyrics that I noticed:

Sophomore Slump Or Comeback Of The Year - "I live like a gypsy, only with less gold and maybe more curses." "I’m a lifer, sweetheart, I’m here till the bitter end."
Don't Yo
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Ashley
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novel made me feel... seen.

It’s dramatic and over the top and the stakes are too high. Everything is life or death. But that’s what the descent into the narrator’s particular brand of madness feels like. Everything is too big, and this novel really FEELS the way that experience does.

This was honest. Sometimes it made me cringe. But it was recognizably Pete, with all of his talent for storytelling.
Sandra Spoto
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've just finished this and I'm in a puddle of tears.
If I think about this book at the moment all I can think of is the term "Understand".
Pete Wentz you are a very good writer, and a poet, for your songs.
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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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