Not only is Jenny Manzer, the author of Save Me, Kurt Cobain, a fellow Canadian, but she wrote a hell of an amazing story. A story that will be out in the world March 8th, so you don’t have to wait much longer!
There’s a line I love from one of my favorite movies, Almost Famous: “They don’t even know what it is to be a fan. Y’Know? To truly love some silly little piece of music, or some band, so much that it hurts.”
Music has a lot of powers. It soothes and it incites, motivates and empowers, empathizes and hurts, sometimes makes us feel that we’re less alone. For fans, music can be a companion, a friend, an escape. But does music have the power to save someone? That’s one of the themes in Jenny Manzer’s riveting debut, Save Me, Kurt Cobain.
Nicola “Nico” Cavan, now fifteen, was abandoned by her mom when she was four years old. Her mother’s disappearance was never resolved, and when Nico finds some of her mom’s old CDs and a window is opened into her past, she wonders if there’s more to the story that nobody is telling her. On a ferry home from Seattle, Nico encounters a man she believes to be Kurt Cobain—a man who might be her real father.
As a huge Nirvana fan, I have to say that this book was one of my most anticipated debuts of 2016. And I completely devoured it. I loved Nico’s voice—smart and intense, at times sad and wounded, at others snarky and sarcastic. I really liked the element of mystery in the plot and all of the relationships between the characters. But most of all, I gravitated to the fusing of real-life events—such as the Nirvana concert in Victoria in 1991—and fiction. Jenny Manzer has created such an intensely believable story wherein true facts about Nirvana and Kurt Cobain are interwoven beautifully with the events in the story. Many times, the details about Cobain are shared and placed so effectively that they made my heart hurt.
This book kept me guessing up until the last page. Not only that, but there’s a line in the last chapter that made me tear up, and I’m not a book crier. There are only one or two other books that have ever brought tears to my eyes.
Kurt Cobain’s fans loved his music so much it hurt. This book does him justice. It’s a song, a tribute, a brilliant piece of work. And for anyone who believes a song can change your life, put your headphones on and read this stunning debut.
Check out Jenny Manzer’s website here!