Strangelove

Part 1 of The Museum Project Series

Fiction - Womens
379 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2018
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Author Biography

S.A. Youngman has been a storyteller since grammar school. Her first published work was The Good Kid, a short story featured in 1983’s The Raconteur, her high school's literary magazine. Her second was a semi-autobiographical essay entitled Fluffernutter Sandwiches and Millionaires published in Trenton State College's Lion's Eye in 1985. Since then, she has written radio ads for a New York non-profit organization (for which she received the AAF Crystal Prism Award in 1988) and—while her novels were gestating—she wrote several plays, two of which have been published and performed throughout the United States and in Australia.

A native Jersey Girl, Ms. Youngman spent her formative years working, living and playing in Manhattan, which influenced much of her writing. After earning a B.A. in Commercial Design, she opted instead to fashion a career out of being a cog in the corporate America wheelhouse. She has also been active in community and regional theater in NJ as a director, producer and stage manager since the turn of the century.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

"Maybe it did, but it would mean the world to me if you came to Cinderblocks tonight. You've never heard me play in a band and I want you to see what I've become. I have changed. I'm more than this." Strangelove by S.A. Youngman is the first book in the author's The Museum Project Series, chronicling the rise of a 1985 band called Fantage. Told through the point of view of band hairstylist Shelly Bates, the group heads out on tour in an attempt to heighten visibility enough to land a record deal at a time when pop is on the rise and traditional bands are being pushed into the background. As the tour takes off, so too does the music...but it comes at a cost.

Strangelove by S.A. Youngman is a fantastic suspenseful romance that delivers everything in a genre combining love and enough underlying drama and tension to satisfy even the toughest critics. Youngman's narrative is strong, with deep bows to the 80's era and descriptive writing that puts a reader backstage, on stage, and in the string of buses and hotel rooms. Shelly and her supporting cast are complex and thickly layered characters, immediately engaging and wholly authentic. "In a nutshell, these guys were in desperate need of a real lead vocalist. Someone with charisma and panache and awesome pipes and I just so happened to be available." I'd recommend this book to those who are looking for a thrilling story that comes with a generous side of neon and crimped hair.