This was such an enjoyable read. I’m not exactly an old rock chick – I was more into bands like The Smiths, Echo and the Bunnymen and The Cure. I really didn’t like the whole Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Motley Crue scene. So the genre of music here isn’t my thing. But I can certainly relate to the way it’s portrayed here, and the way Dave dreams of a future as a rock god. Poor Dave. It would have been so easy to make him into a parody – a sad, long-haired, untalented wannabe. But Terry Tyler is far too good a writer for that. Dave is lovely, kind, handsome, and yes a dreamer, but he’s talented too, even if he doesn’t realise that most of his songs are unintentional rip offs of some of the most famous rock songs of all time. Dave loves girlfriend Janice, in his own way, and adores their little boy. But lack of success spirals him into depression, and Janice has had enough and has kicked him out.
But his band Thor is on the rise and ex-girlfriend and fellow musician Alison/Ariel is back in town. Thor, Ariel and Ariel’s friend Melodie (who wants to be a celebrity) enter a talent show. The result in any other book would have been a foregone conclusion. But not here. The path to fame and success seldom runs smooth in reality and there is certainly a rocky road ahead for all three.
The relationships in this book are wonderfully well-drawn – whether that’s the bond between the four members of Thor, the passion of Dave and Ariel, or the sadness between Dave and Janice, these human responses and feelings are beautifully and realistically done. There is wit and warmth aplenty, moments that will make you laugh out loud, and careful details that add a real sense of time and place – Christmas day is beautifully done in all its grey, British, depressing splendour.
There is a follow up book ‘Full Circle’ but ‘Dream On’ isn’t a book that has been written to make you buy the next one. Not everything is tied up neatly – but that isn’t a criticism. That’s reality. Life isn’t neat and tidy and while this is a story, the way that things are left is satisfying in that although there is more to come, the characters end where they should; it feels right.
Definitely recommended – and so looking forward to reading ‘Full Circle’.