Reviewed by Stephanie D. for Readers' Favorite
33 days by Bill See is the fascinating account of what turns out to be a life-changing tour by the young, hungry rock group Divine Weeks, who get into their van in search of fame. Dave, George, Raj and Bill, organized by Ian, yo-yo between small gigs and packed venues. One moment they are doing TV and radio interviews, the next they are literally begging for food. There are highs and lows, good times and bad. They meet some great people but also brush shoulders with the sleazy side of life. They give their all on the stage. Sleeping on floors or in the van, the band does what it takes to achieve this ambition of getting out there and being necessary, being relevant. Sure, there's drinking, drugs and groupies, but the overriding note of this book is triumph and achievement.
Along the way someone asks them what happens if the tour is a flop. The author replies: “We’re more concerned with what happens if we don’t try.” This is a book about going for it and giving it your all. It’s written in diary format that cleverly weaves in flashbacks to childhood and reflects on moments in the author’s difficult relationship with on-off girlfriend Mary. It’s not just an account of a road trip but of a spiritual journey. For Bill See, the tour was about “deliverance, redemption and transcendence.” Things would never be quite the same again. This book does contain adult language and scenes.