Vicki O. (Boston, MA)
A Fun Read
This book took me totally by surprise. I finished it in two days and was a little sorry to see it end. What I really liked about the book was its voice. It flowed naturally with a well balanced mix of description and dialogue. The story has a personality that is sometimes touching, sometimes humorous and almost always believable.
Nancy A. (Woodstock, Georgia)
A Bunch of Nothing
I did not enjoy this book. The characters did not seem "real", the plot seemed contrived, the descriptions seemed forced and the profanity was gratuitous. Even so, I think fans of Suzzy Roche, fans of the three-sister band the Roches, people interested in the music business and women of a similar age as Mary Saint, will appreciate the book and the story of "going home" so long after high school.
Bonnie B. (Port St. Lucie,, FL)
A Novel of Redemption, Love, Spirituality and Secrets
The author of this novel was a member of a band called 'The Roches' which I have to admit I have never heard of. This is a tale of secrets, redemption, spirituality and love. It is a first novel and so there are some uneven spots in it and could use some better editing. Ms. Roche shows promise as an author and I look forward to her future works.
Catharine L. (Petoskey,
It's a 4 1/2!
The story grabs the reader from the first page. Mary Saint, lead singer for the hardrock band, Sliced Ham - almost famous, and then Garbagio, bandmember and Mary's lover dies and it's over. The characters are unique, real, and marvelous. You laugh and cry with them. I'm not a hard rock fan but loved the words to "The Back of My Ass" and "Sewer Flower", and the reaction of Mary's mother to the concert is priceless. Watching Mary overcoming her past, reconnecting with her mother, and beginning a new life is a joy to read.
Wendy F. (Kalamazoo, MI)
Mary Saint left Swallow NY to become a raunchy rock star but never really shook the pull of home. This was an entertaining book but some things I felt were never really explained. What really happened with Garbagio? What was the back story of Mr. De Sockie? The characters were engaging and I would like to know more about them. Maybe in the next book?
Sharon W. (Two Rivers, WI)
WOW! When I first started the book, I really didn't think I was going to like it. But once I got into it, I couldn't put it down till I was finished with it. Even though this was fiction, it definitely could have been real. To see what happens within a rock band, the ups and downs the good and bad. I loved it.
Terrie J. (Eagan, MN)
I really enjoyed this book! The 2 main characters were very well developed in both the here and now and in the secrets they were keeping. Having a musician for a husband, I could really relate to Mary's character and I think she got the ups and downs of that life pretty accurately. I enjoyed the developing story lines between the 2 characters.