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"A fascinating and stunning novel from Pete Wentz, the founder and bassist of punk sensation Fall Out Boy--that reveals the dark side of rock-and-roll.Winner of multiple MTV Awards and on People magazine's Most Beautiful list, Pete Wentz and his band Fall Out Boy have come a long way since their early days playing small venues outside of Chicago. But the rise to fame is not always smooth and glamorous, and Rainy Day Kids reveals the rocky road to stardom, including the extreme highs and lows along the way. Based heavily on Pete Wentz's own tumultuous life, Rainy Day Kids is about a singer named Pete. Pete is touring with a band, struggling to understand who he is, where he's been, and what he's become. He vacillates between the highs of being recognized as an international sex symbol and the aching hopelessness he feels when he is alone. After the death of his longtime ex-girlfriend, Pete grieves deeply and soon embarks on a path of self-destruction, including an attempt to take his own life. With profound creativity and clarity, he discloses his darkest fears and reflects on his memorable moments, including his first kiss and his first fistfight. Pete Wentz's own journey to success has not been without pain, and now readers will experience the same emotional intensity that have made several million fans of his lyrics"--
"RAINY DAY KIDS reads like a philosophical sailor's journal complete with debts and hearts in every port. Our rock star protagonist is touring with his band and struggling to understand who he is, where he's been, and what he's become. At times he thrives on the drug that is being an international sex symbol, at others he feels hopeless and alone. He grieves deeply and in every (wrong) way after his longtime ex-girlfriend dies. The narrator meditates on his first kiss and his first fistfight. He describes himself as romance's last terrorist and suspects that this work is his confessional. With profound creativity and clarity, he discloses his fears - not the least of which is that he's "waiting to be found out." He's anxious. He self medicates. He expects to die a cliche. He tries to take his own life. Spends a short time in an institution. There is the constant threat (or is it a promise?) of death. Along the way he asks the same kinds of questions in the book that have made several million fans of Pete's lyrics: What does it mean to not have a home? What is someone supposed to do when his one true love is gone? Why can't he go back to the way things were?"--
Publisher: New York : MTV Books/Gallery Books, 2013.
Edition: 1st MTV BooksGallery Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781416567820
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wentz Pete 02/2013
Characteristics: 228 p. ;,23 cm.


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Sep 13, 2016

In 'Gray,' a presumably semi-autobiographical tale, a sensitive but somewhat unstable young man chronicles the ups and downs of balancing a personal life and mental health with the challenges of being a member of an up-and-coming rock band. Scattered unassumingly throughout the text are snippets of real lyrics from the songs of the author's real-life band, Fall Out Boy.

The book is unlikely to win any literary awards, but that presumably wasn't the author's intent. Wentz clearly had these stories, emotions, thoughts inside of him -- a mix of his own and imagined experiences -- and it feels as though he may have pen to paper as a cathartic exercise. The reader is left continuously wondering just how much of this often distressing narrative is based on actual events and which are fantasy.

Mar 13, 2013

This book was fantasic! Whether its true or not it really gives you insight into the life of famous musicians and what they go through. I really recommend it, even if you're not a FOB fan.

Mar 10, 2013

This is not non fiction, it is a novel-it is fiction.
Please list it correctly, thanks.


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Mar 13, 2013

erichards96 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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