In a time when music became nothing more than techno beats and untalented cash cows, here comes Johnny Elias.
Let's start from the beginning. Johnny, Megan and Andy were all lovers of classic standard music. Megan and Andy came from more fortunate homes than Johnny. Their parents made sure they had the best to become their best. Johnny was a foster kid from Brooklyn, working his way through college. That fateful day on the Great Lawns of Central Park in New York, marked the day their lives changed. Johnny was inspired to sing in public by a fellow concert goer, Megan went home to make a deal with the devil and Andy met the love of his life, Jacqui.
This book oozed with passion. The passion for music was evident and that folkes, is how you emote through a story. The fact that original songs were written throughout the book brought an almost unreal amount of authenticity. What's more, is that author Lonnie Ostrow ,has them on his website that you can listen to and I recommend that you do so. I felt so much throughout the story. I felt Johnny's pain, Megan's betrayal and Andy's loyalty to Johnny. As any true friend Andy gave up much to see Johnny through to stardom. Even supported him when it came to Jacqui, who also became a loyal friend to Johnny, til the end.
It was the first time since meeting Professor Delores Umbridge in Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, that I've come across a character that I truly had a strong dislike for. That was simply because she was so well written. Katherine Price is a despicable human being who deserved more than she got.After her first stunt of setting up Megan, I decided I was not going to allow the "Mom-only-wants-what's-best-for-her" excuse, to fly. She was a low down dirty woman who only served herself. Not only did she do things selfishly, but she destroyed the lives of many. Even now, I felt absolute rage and indignation on behalf those she ruined. In a situation like that, I have to say well done to Lonnie Ostrow. Kathrine out of all the characters, was the best written.
Johnny's life felt like a blur, which meant the book felt like a blur. He rose to stardom so quickly. The good thing about it, it didn't feel generic nor forced. It felt like a puzzle piece finally fitting into its place. The recordings, the tours and the music all felt natural. I even understood the blurriness of it all. The speed of success being so quick, gave way for the real personal stuff to simmer just below the surface on a slow heat. You kept wondering when would Johnny get his shot at love? When would his personal triumph come?
Mr.Ostrow touched on a very important topic as well. Domestic violence. Megan was pushed into marrying a monster. First of all, when Gerry blew up the first and second time at someone else, over some petty mess, I saw it. I'm sure Megan saw it too. But the poor sheltered girl, didn't realize that men like that, will turn around at some point and hit you.
The first time he laid hands on her, I was like, "Giiiirl, you betta smack dis fool into next week." She should have known that you have to walk away and keep walking. A man like that will apologize and work his way back in. She, unfortunately, waited until he really went left on her, before she really got rid of him. I must say, she began to gather her strength from there. Even when she stood up to the spawn of the devil, Katherine, I was proud of Megan.
The ending was not what I expected. One could say she fell for him while he sang for her. The two, albeit battered and scarred by life, were reunited in love.
There is so much more that is to be said because this book was written with layers. But I'll save it for another time. If you can't see passed the words, then read it again, only this time with feeling. Lonnie Ostrow did a fantastic job with this one. More than anything else, this book had a soulfulness and emotional range. I give it 4.5 stars.
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