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  • By Ashley LaMar on June 12, 2017

    I requested this book from NetGalley over a year ago because the cover and summary caught my attention. I was once involved with a musician and I understand the sex + drugs + rock n’ roll scene far too well. While I was involved with that life I also met a lot of women like Via – women with traumatic pasts seeking salvation in all the wrong places. I wasn’t 100% sure I would love the book but I did know that I would connect with it in a big way.This story is dark but damn it, it feels accurate. The drug use and abuse of a traumatized and broken woman searching for some kind of peace is all too familiar to me. While I was reading through Please, Pretty Lights I couldn’t help but remember so many women I once knew. It broke my heart in so many ways. Like the women I knew, Via searched for healing on the stage, in the bottle, and through drugs. She wouldn’t find what she needed there but she dives deeper and deeper in her search for it. It’s sad but it’s real. Via didn’t want the world she was in but she didn’t know where else to turn. The only safety she had ever known was hiding behind pretty lights. She is so broken and throughout the whole book all I wanted to do was reach out and hug her.I don’t mean to glamorize the rock n’ roll stage world. It’s certainly nothing glamorous or beautiful (at least in my experience). It’s dark, gritty, depressing, and full of ugly stuff that lurks in the shadows. It can destroy who you are and Via experiences that destruction first-hand. She’s seeking personal redemption and she wants to overcome her demons but she struggles to find the right path.Please, Pretty Lights also revolves around the Seattle grunge scene of the 90’s which was totally my scene when I was growing up. The references to 90’s grunge made it even easier for me to connect with the story because it personalized it for me. It was relatable and I think that is a nod to the author knowing his target audience. I mean, I am older than his target (I think he’s targeting late teens / early 20’s) but it was still relatable because I lived that music scene so personally for almost a decade.All Via wanted was an escape from her traumatic past but she looked for redemption in all of the wrong places. It’s a heartbreaking story of her struggle but it’s also a tragically beautiful story of self-discovery and the road to personal healing. I can’t recommend this book highly enough, it’s eye-opening and sheds a lot of light on the horrors that people face.

  • By Randy Rose on March 5, 2016

    This book is so out of the norm for me. I tend to read sci-fi and fantasy fiction novels or non-fiction science and history. While searching for a book to read on a long flight, I saw the cover in the Kindle store and was intrigued, so I read the summary. The Seattle setting, the strong female character, and the apparent involvement in the music scene sold me on the novel. I was hooked from the first chapter.I finished the book over a month ago, have read other books since, and I still think about the characters in PPL to this day. Via, the main character in the novel, is in a downward spiral of destructive decisions from right out of the gate. Much of her life, she has struggled with accepting her family's violent past. Now, at 21, she is finally succumbing to her history (or should I say, herstory) and ends up going way too far, way too fast. Along the way she falls in love with a rock bassist, who moonlights as a boobie artist and drug runner for the novel's biggest antagonist.What roped me in was the dynamic nature of each of the characters. Without giving away too much, I will say that the good guys are inherently flawed, pushing Via further down her path of self-destruction, whether they realize it or not. The antagonist, also known as The Skeeze, as awful as he is, is also making a lot of his choices because he thinks it is the only way he will see his kids again. Ancillary characters in the book are interesting juxtapositions in what society might consider good versus bad. For examples, Whitney is both a nurse and a stripper, and Grandma Daney gives Via advice that feeds both her soul and her carnal urges.As a rock bassist and guitarist, and lover of 90s Seattle-based rock music, I connected with the musical elements of the novel.As cliche as it sounds, it really was a hard book to put down. It was sexy, it was rockin, and it was emotionally charged. I was angry at Via, at times, frustrated with Matt or Nick at other times, and downright sick to my stomach at others at other times.I look forward to Ina Zajac's next novel while I keep my fingers crossed that this will someday be a movie or HBO mini-series starring Alexandra Daddario as Via...


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