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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.