Friday, September 27, 2013
Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield Review
An emotional journey of hilarity and heartbreak with a karaoke soundtrack, in the spirit of Rob Sheffield's bestselling Love Is a Mix Tape.
Turn Around Bright Eyes picks up Sheffield's story right after Love Is a Mix Tape. He is a young widower devastated by grief, trying to build a new life in a new town after his wife's death. As a writer for Rolling Stone, he naturally takes solace in music. But that's when he discovers the sublime ridiculousness of karaoke, and despite the fact that he can't carry a tune, he begins to find his voice. His karaoke obsession takes him to some strange places, whether that means singing a Frank Sinatra song in a senior-citizen community in Florida, attempting a Merle Haggard classic at a cowboy saloon in the Mojave desert, or clearing the room at an after-hours dive in Chinatown. But he finds the music leads him to the most surprising place of all--a new life and a new love.
Turn Around Bright Eyes is a story about finding the courage to start over, move on, and rock the mike. It's about falling in love and navigating your way through adult romance. It's about how you can learn the weirdest things about yourself just by butchering a Hall & Oates song at 2 A.M. under fluorescent lights in a room full of strangers. It's about how songs get tangled up in our deepest emotions, evoking memories of the past while inspiring hope for the future. But most of all, it's a book about all the strange ways music brings people together.
Sweet, funny, honest, and full of the music you love, hate and love to hate, Turn Around Bright Eyes is Rob Sheffield at his very best.
This was such a fun book to read, I found myself laughing out loud several times. I had read Talking to Girls About Duran Duran and liked it but I think I enjoyed this one even more. Sheffield really lets us into his life during a difficult time while living alone as a widower and the isolation and sadness that he experienced. He then goes on to talk about finding an emotional outlet in karaoke and finding a new person to share his life with.
What I liked the most was Sheffield's writing style and his great sense of humor. His books are just so much fun to read. I also loved all of the musical trivia and references. I was happily surprised by how many lines from great songs I recognized! Though I myself have not tried karaoke this book made me want to grab a microphone and belt out my favorite song. I would highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a good book filled with humor, love, and a true love of music.
My rating: 4 stars out of 5
I received this book from Goodreads Giveaways.
Posted by Anne at 3:16 AM