Keep reading to check out my views on Gray by Pete Wentz
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 the same. Time is only marked by events. The world is on a first-name basis with you.
But you…you barely even know yourself. There are those who give in completely to the idea of what it means to be famous. And those who can’t ever seem to leave the past behind. Life is a deep and contemplative story stuck on repeat—love, loss, self-destruction, self-discovery.
If you could go back to the way things were before you made it…would everything still be gray?
GENRE: Romance, Coming of Age, Contemporary
AUTHOR: Pete Wentz
PUBLISHER: MTV Books
SOURCE: Bought, hardcover
PAGE NUMBER: 240
RELEASE DATE: February 19th 2013Wow. I am speechless and heartbroken and numb (like Novacaine ;))
Okay, so if you've heard even only just one Fall Out Boy, you know how much of an AMAZING lyricist Wentz is. And boy, oh boy did he live up to that. The metaphors in this novel were brilliantly written and I understand every moment and the reason for each metaphors' use.
The novel was written in first person, and there was some mystery and intrigue (at least by me lol) about the fact that the protagonist and his lover have zero names. He is never referred to as his name and his lover is just Her.
Right, so the novel was about this dude from Chicago whose band is about take on the world but his on/off gf is kinda bound to Chicagoland because, studies #IKnowTheFeeling (she's studying Psychology, ironically).
In case you're wondering why it's ironic, our ol' protagonist is a little....psychologically not there.
Allow me to elaborate.
Alrighty, so being on the road and in a not-so-relationship-relatioship has taking a toll on him and he takes anxiety meds and drinks and has one-night stands- the usual rockstar lifestyle.
He's mostly in LA or around the US-basically away from The Windy City, away from Her and so he doesn't know where the relationship lies, and who he even is anymore. Buuut he finds himself writing her emails or blurting out 'I love you' or having meaningless reunion sex with her.
The love affair between these two characters is the main factor in this novel and it runs in circles and circles. If it was another novel, I would've got fed up that they kept going in circles but the protagonists' reasoning and thoughts were intricately explained and so I totally got him.
One thing I didn't like, however, was that he was not close with his band. I didn't like this because I felt it was a representation of FOB; I know it's not, it's just that one member is hurting and it was only one out of four (I'm assuming- we're not directly told) who showed a slight bit of care towards him. It was weird to me that the closest person on tour whom the protagonist went partying with was the guitar tech.
He then finds a friend in this super crazy dude named John Miller, AKA The Disaster. I enjoyed the wildness and hypie vibes from the Disaster.
Overall, it was amazing and any person with a heart and 2008 crush on Pete Wentz (hey, even now, lol no hate) would love it. The author did not cloud my opinion- this was genuinely a good novel. And I loved it and will definietly read it again.
MY FAVOURITE QUOTES
Okay so I was delved waaay to deep in this novel to collect quotes but I gathered a few that just stood out. Let's just say if I could include the whole book under 'My Favourite Quotes', I would.
- “Let’s just make it through tonight, worry about the rest later.”
- We are two explorers in the dark. Mapless and hopeless. Alone together.”
- “Just a tiny red sliver remains in the battery icon. I wish humans came with the same kind of indicator . . . it
would make things much easier. You would know how to deal with every person on the planet, and I’d always be in the red.”
- “We are a dying star in its last cosmic throes. We are a ship with its hull pierced, the arctic water pouring through the gash. It’s over.”
- ''....my mind works the night shift.''
- “Our brains may lie to us, but our hearts never do.”
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