Songs of Our Breakup, by Jay E. Tria, was an interesting read. We all know that emotions and music go hand in hand, but the way this author combined the two into a book was incredible. At first it was a little difficult to follow the story because of the format of the book. It was done by days, instead of chapters. It was almost as if you were reading Jill’s diary!
Jill and Kim are members of an indie band called Trainman, along with Son, Miki and Nino. Jill and Kim have been in a relationship for seven years and have known each other since they were 14 years old. This book is the story of Jill coming to grip with the fact that even though their relationship as a couple is over, they still need to work together as band mates and friends. Throw into the mix of Jill trying to get over Kim is Shinta. Shinta is the Japanese movie star son of one of the band members’ former college professors. Shinta and Jill have been friends for years and unbeknownst to her, he wants to be more. She also has one other suitor that she isn’t aware of and he chooses not to make his feelings for her known.
What I loved most about this story was not the wealth of emotions that are obvious in the telling of the story, but in the lyrics of the music. Between many chapters there are the lyrics to the songs referred to in the chapter. This book would be great if it included a soundtrack using the lyrics presented in the book. As with any book, when you read you create your own visualization of the story. With this book you created a soundtrack in your mind. I would love to hear what the author feels the songs sound like.
-Reviewed by Selina
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