on March 8, 2016
Genres: Young Adult
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
What if you discovered that Kurt Cobain is not only alive, but might be your real father?
Nico Cavan has been adrift since her mother vanished when she was four—maternal abandonment isn’t exactly something you can just get over. Staying invisible at school is how she copes—that and listening to alt music and summoning spirits on the Ouija board with her best friend and co-conspirator in sarcasm, Obe. But when a chance discovery opens a window onto her mom’s wild past, it sparks an idea in her brain that takes hold and won’t let go.
On a ferry departing Seattle, Nico encounters a slight blond guy with piercing blue eyes wearing a hooded jacket. Something in her heart tells her that this feeling she has might actually be the truth, so she follows him to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. When she is stranded there by a winter storm, fear and darkness collide, and the only one who can save Nico might just be herself.
I’m a 90’s kid. I was pretty young in the early 90’s when the grunge movement really took off but I can vividly remember listening to Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, and Alice in Chains etc with my older sister. All of this made me really excited to read Save Me, Kurt Cobain. I had high hopes for it, unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to them.
Nico was an interesting main character but I had a hard time making a connection with her. Her history was sad but it still didn’t make me feel a ton of sympathy for her. At times her behavior was just baffling to me. She came off as a bit troubled, but I’m still not completely sure that she was supposed to be.
The Nirvana/Kurt Cobain element to the story was very fascinating. The facts on Cobain’s life did get tedious to me. Sometimes the book read as a fact sheet about his life instead of a fictional story. I was holding my breath hoping the story didn’t turn into a conspiracy theory and thankfully it really didn’t.
Save Me, Kurt Cobain had a lot of potential but ultimately fell flat for me. I enjoyed the music references and unraveling the mystery of Nico’s mother so I’m still giving it 3 stars. I really wish I couldn’t connected to Nico a bit more.