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Once in a Lifetime: (Pete) (Unnamed Duo Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : October 10, 2020
- File size : 4068 KB
- Print length : 321 pages
- ASIN : B08HSLXKR9
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,274 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'm giving this four stars. It's probably not everyone's cup of tea. Most of is dialogue which I like. Not many authors have the ear for writing good dialogue but the author Luana Ferraz truly does. She communicates more in a few lines than some authors try to do in several paragraphs.
The book focuses mainly on two characters: Pete and Becky. They are a two person punk band. I personally thought punk went out of style decades ago, but these two persist in their attempt to make it big despite the odds.
The morning after a performance in a what can only be described as a dive bar, a very hung over Pete gets a call from a record company. They want Pete and Becky to be the opening act on the British tour for an Hanson/Jonas Brothers type group. Things go from there.
As it turns out, we find out that Pete is queer. That's how the author describes him so please do not come after me. Pete's fourteen-year-old self had a thing for the middle member of the band so he's pretty excited to meet them. I guess he doesn't believe in the whole not meeting your heroes idea.
Papers are signed and off they go. We find out that Pete has a girlfriend Lindsey and that they were not in the best place when the tour started. A mutual attraction begins to develop between the youngest member of the band, Tristan and Pete.
Lindsey joins Pete on the tour which creates a very strange dynamic between her, Pete, and Tristan. Lindsey keeps pushing Pete towards Tristan because she believes that Pete sleeping with another guy isn't cheating. Now if it was another woman, it definitely would be cheating.
Lindsey's attitude really bothers Pete and I completely agree with him. Lindsey doesn't understand Pete's sexuality. She thinks he's either gay or straight depending on his partner at the time. There's no gray area for her.
Tristan feels the same way, but he wants more than just an one night stand. He manipulates the entire situation, but he doesn't do it in a way that purposely causes problems for Pete and Lindsey. Everyone sort of falls in love, in different ways of course, with each other.
Even though, the interaction between the three drives the plot, Pete is still the main character. The author never lets us forget that. Lindsey and Tristan, along with the other characters, are all secondary to Pete
The book doesn't solely focus on Pete, Lindsey, and Tristan. We get to see how stressful a music tour can be. Everyone has their own issues and everyone clashes at one point or another. Once again, the author's dialogue allows the reader to be the proverbial fly on the wall and listen in on what's happening.
Pete doesn't get his perfect happy ending. No one really does and I'm fine with that. I think the characters, for the most part, are okay with it as well. The story isn't over but I'm good with where it ended. I think most readers will be as well.
As with Beck's story you are given a glimpse into this life-changing event that happens to this band. However, in Pete's case it is sort of showing how you can have an awesome turning point in your career life at the same time that everything else is crumbling around you.
What I liked best about this story is that it told a great story about more than just a band going on tour. It takes you through the head-games the industry can bring with it, along with the ways our past can shape and influence our present. The book is not going to give you a happily ever after -- instead it is an engaging story with a hopeful ending of things to come.
In many ways it reminded me of William Miller in Almost Famous. You get sucked into this story, even though you know how it will end, and keep reading until you get to the end. Even when the book is complete, you have a hopeful feeling of things to come. I certainly would love to read more about Pete, Becky and "The Hacks".
I read Pete's after I had finished Becky's story and it did fill in most of the the gaps. Some still linger but this gives me hope that there will be more gooks in the series.
I liked the book just as well as the other one. The conversations were sharp as ever, some deep and educating as well. Pete has very complex personality and it takes him some soul searching to find his happy place. I enjoyed taking the road with him.
For some readers the language used might be offending but for me personally it was not so. I do like my books to be just like that. And besides - the entertainment world is what it is, no need to sugarcoat it - right?