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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Kerouac. The beat generation. This is the type of book that Pete has written, the only difference is tha ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.