It’s always a little nerve-wracking to read the books your friends have written because dear god what if you don’t like it and then you have to pretend that you do but what if you’re not a good liar and they can tell you don’t really like it and then it becomes a Thing and so you try to insist, “No, I really do like it” and the other person says, “It’s okay, it’s totally cool if you don’t like it” and BOTH OF YOU ARE LYING*.
Well. Thank goodness I had an entirely non-awkward experience when I first read the brilliant YA novel All the Pretty Songs by my good friend Sarah McCarry. I sailed right past “Whew, I like this” to “Holy crap this is so insanely good I can’t believe I even KNOW you!!!”
If you don’t believe me, ask Neil Gaiman, who tweeted his approval!
(Wait, you trust Neil Gaiman more than me??? I thought we were blog friends!!)
All the Pretty Songs is about two girls who were raised without fathers in the Seattle area. Aurora’s dad was a rock star in the grunge era who committed suicide, and the narrator, her insanely close friend. When a young rocker enters the picture it throws them both for a loop and they engage in activities that are not recommended by the surgeon general but learn a whole lot about themselves and life in the process.
The relationships are memorable and the writing is incredible.
You may know Sarah as the author of the legendary blog The Rejectionist, or for her chapbook series Guillotine, or because she wrote great articles in publications or maybe this is the first you have heard of her but I assure you it won’t be the last.
Please please go check out All Our Pretty Songs, which is available simultaneously in e-book, paperback and hardcover from St. Martin’s Press.
Enjoy, and congratulations, Sarah!!
(*Note: This has never actually happened to me but what if it does. My imagination keeps me up at night)