The addiction was hardly covered, either.
It seemed like she hadn't touched alcohol then all of a sudden she was an alcoholic. Where did it come from? How did it start? I actually felt offended when this so-called alcoholic suddenly 'quit' drinking just like that, and not only that but she started controlling her drinking. Meaning, she turned from a full-blown alcoholic into a normal drinker. I'm sorry but if you're an alcoholic you can't just go back to having one or two drinks, especially with no help from anyone but herself.
I just felt that was so unbelievable. Also, of course, the depression was hardly covered. She had a few days where she wanted get out of bed and then she was fine again. She didn't seem depressed to me at all. The pacing is my main problem with this book. It was horrendous. It skipped out loads of time, so we were expected to fill in the blanks ourselves.
It was as if the author just couldn't be bothered to write so she combated her laziness by skipping ahead a few years. I hated how every time Joe and Nicola broke up and then got back together, it was never shown how they got back together. They were just broken up then together again with a half-baked explanation.
It was like this for a lot of the book, especially concerning their fame. It never showed how they got famous, just that they suddenly were. The writing didn't help, either.
Maybe if the writing was decent, I could have looked past the pacing, but the writing was terrible. It looked like something a school kid would write.
Finally, the characters. Honestly, I hated all of them. Nicola was whiny and stupid, most of the time.
I hated how she flounced around with guys for half the book and expected Joe to just sit there waiting for her. I hated how she didn't even know he still had feelings for her. God's sake woman, you must be blind.
She whined about every little thing She sounded like a child even in her 30's. Honestly, I felt like I was reading the story of a 6 year old kid.
If that was the narrator, you could imagine what the other characters were like. There were too many. None of them were developed. I forgot everyone's names apart from Joe and Nicola. I literally forgot Nicola's name just then. The ending was so cliche, also. In all honesty, I wouldn't recommend this book. I can't even say it's a short read either because it isn't. It's a long, agonizing read.
I just wanted it to be over. I always finish books so I couldn't just put it down. Jun 13, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: indie-authors. Age of Dreams chronicles the life of rising and falling star Nicola James, a depressive singer who's so wrapped in her own trauma she lets it drive to her to make one bad decision after another, but life finally works out for her in the end.
Joe was my favorite character; he never gave up on anyone especially Nicola even after she hurts him repeatedly.
The book goes from one year to the next, over the span of about 20 years. I enjoyed the 80s the most - all the silly fashion and music referenc Age of Dreams chronicles the life of rising and falling star Nicola James, a depressive singer who's so wrapped in her own trauma she lets it drive to her to make one bad decision after another, but life finally works out for her in the end. I enjoyed the 80s the most - all the silly fashion and music references made me smile, but Symeou balances it with the darker side of drug and alcohol abuse.
Nicola has all kinds of complicated relationships over those 20 years: with the band, with her family, and with her romantic interests who never quite seem to measure up to her first love. It's a fast-paced story that covers a lot of ground and has some flashes of literary brilliance. My only criticism is that I had a hard time connecting and empathizing with the main character, but there were plenty of others that made up for it.
It's definitely worth checking out. Jun 10, L. Although this book started a little slow for me and seemed a bit choppy, it wasn't soon before I was hooked. Personally, I felt the writing didn't grab me enough in the beginning as I would have enjoyed a slower pace and getting to know the characters more instead of being rushed into the non-stop world of the music business. Having said that, I have nothing else to say than read the book!
It's funny, sad, and offers a view of the innermost circle of being famous that most people never experienc Although this book started a little slow for me and seemed a bit choppy, it wasn't soon before I was hooked. It's funny, sad, and offers a view of the innermost circle of being famous that most people never experience or see.
I was at times sad to the point of tears for the heroine, Nicole James, and at other times I felt like wringing her neck for being such a spineless twit.
For that, I give Ms. Simone kudos, as she wrote her character with actual feelings and defects that the reader identifies with. I found myself spellbound, hoping that Nicole would come to her senses, watching her wade through years of abuse and self doubt. From coming to grips with the past and looking forward to the future, the reader follows a famous woman who has no feelings of self worth and must learn to love herself before she can love someone else.
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