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Both an ode to the joy of music and a cautionary tale of obsession, Jenna Rose Robbins’ coming-of-age adventure offers a glimpse into a subculture where unchecked fanaticism can lead to both euphoric and devastating consequences. As a love letter to fellow music addicts, the memoir of her time following Depeche Mode on the 1993 Devotional tour brings readers face to face w ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published May 10th 2017 by Redwood Digital Publishing, LLC
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Julia Simpson-Urrutia
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very interesting book, especially if music shaped your adolescence. Love of music was the significant factor for many of this talented writer's decisions. ...more
Laura Koerber
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-book
I gave this book five stars because it is professionally written and professionally published. The reader will not find bloopers, typos, clumsy phrases...this writer can write.

Whether or not a reader likes the story depends on whether or not the reader likes reading about other people's misadventures and coming-of-age experiences. The book is autobiographical and concerns the author's family, relationships, and personal growth. It isn't really about Depeche Mode, though the band is definitely i
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Rebecca Markus
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit, I had to Google the members of Depeche Mode for a visual of the famous players in this memoir. But that didn't make it any less relate-able or entertaining. Jenna Rose Robbins shares her story from following the band through Spain, to trying to act cool in their presence, to reveling at the experience of a lifetime.
Faithful and Devoted is a must-read for anyone who's ever put aside a moment to follow a band they love. It reads more like a novel than a memoir which made it go very quick
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Mari LivTollefsonCarlson
There are many entry points into this 1993 week-long Spain trip memoir by longtime ghostwriter Jenna Rose Robbins. Get to know Jenna as an affable, determined teenager and U of Michigan student, learning to distinguish herself from her family. You might be curious to compare her college European travels - New York-style - to your own. Or, perhaps you are a Depeche Mode fan, like Jenna. Get the inside scoop on the band’s fashion details and drinking habits, what hotels they chose and clubs they e ...more
Jaime
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love Depeche Mode, this is a must read for any fan. The author was incredibly lucky to have that experience of meeting them, especially talking to Alan!
L. S.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faithful and Devoted: Confessions of a Music Addict is exactly what it sounds like. Jenn’s journey through Spain following Depeche Mode is quite the adventure.

And it comes with the most heartbreaking ending.

The tone is fun and inviting. Though the novel definitely for a niche audience, writing style will beckon the reader to stay. Events flow so naturally together that it makes the ending shocking—forgive the Clickbait aura I just channeled.

It’s full of conflict. And yet it never feels like a d
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Adele
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, and I considered myself a fan of the band! In this day & age it is so much easier to keep in contact with people all over the globe with similar interests & I know many who travel 10s of 1000s of miles to see the band perform throughout their 18mth concert spell. To do this in the early 90s, without the use of Internet & mobile phone, to fly halfway across the world to meet up with someone you have only corresponded with via written letters, this takes massive courage & would not be someth ...more
Michelle
Just a normal person experiencing the highs and lows of superfandom.

“It was the first time that I truly felt as if I belonged to something that actually mattered, something that existed beyond the boundaries of my limited experience and that would continue to exist when I didn’t show up backstage at the next concert. Like some fairytale world, the party would transport itself elsewhere and the revealing would continue, long after I had gone. It was far bigger than me, but I had been a part of i
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Sarah Granger
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. I went into reading it with no expectations except possibly to enjoy some stories from the author’s experience being a Depeche Mode groupie, but the book is so much more than that. It reads as part travel memoir, part adventure, and part coming of age story. It’s such a fun read, I had a difficult time putting it down.

The author calls herself “devout” and “obsessed.” She clearly felt that way in order to go to the lengths she did. I think it’s also an exploration story — explori
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Jurga
Aug 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I took me a while to get around to read this book (guilty as charged!).
But oh my god. What a carousel of emotions and feelings went through me while reading it! It triggered quite a few memories of my own... I simply couldn't put down this book.
As Jenna wrote herself - this book is worth a read to any music lover, really. But! If you are Depeche Mode fan - this is just a must!
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Poppy Davis
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny, touching, heartbreaking!
Robbins is such an excellent writer! This book takes you on a journey back in time when we were carefree kids in our 20s. I am a Depeche Mode Devotee, but anyone who is a fan of music and has been passionate about a band or musician would undoubtedly relate to this story.

I laughed, I cried, and indeed dropped my jaw at a couple of moments. This book is so engaging, and you won’t want to put it down. “Faithful and Devoted: Confessions of a Depeche Mode Addict” is a
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Jenna Rose Robbins is a writer and editor who has ghostwritten more than 12 books, including two New York Times bestsellers, and is the author of Faithful and Devoted: Confessions of a Music Addict, which was a BookLife Prize finalist. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Jenna went on to receive her Master's of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. When she ...more

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