Thank You, Goodnight, by Andy Abramowitz

7 Aug

24912396Format: e-ARC, 352 pages

Publisher: Touchstone

Published: June 2, 2015

ISBN: 9781476791777

Genre: Literature/Fiction (adult)

Back cover blurb: Nick Hornby meets Almost Famous in this side-splittingly funny coming-of-middle-age debut novel about the lead singer of a one-hit wonder 90s band who tries for one more swing at the fences.

Teddy Tremble is nearing forty and has settled into a comfortable groove, working at a stuffy law firm and living in a downtown apartment with a woman he thinks he might love. Sure, his days aren’t as exciting as the time he spent as the lead singer of Tremble, the rock band known for its mega-hit “It Feels Like a Lie,” but that life has long since passed its sell-by date.

But when Teddy gets a cryptic call from an old friend, he’s catapulted into contemplating the unthinkable: reuniting Tremble for one last shot at rewriting history. Never mind that the band members haven’t spoken in ten years, that they left the music scene in a blazing cloud of indifference, and that the only fans who seem to miss them reside in an obscure little town in Switzerland.

If Teddy manages to snooker his band mates out of their adult lives, can a once immature, self-involved fallen idol find his way back to the top–and possibly back to the one who got away? Thank You, Goodnight is debut novelist Andy Abramowitz’s hilarious, honest, and heartwarming story about love, lyrics, and finding one’s legacy in the unlikeliest of places.

My review: I laughed out loud several times while reading this story about a former rock star who suffers a massive humiliation at the hands of a Swiss fan and decides to get his band back together to prove he’s still got it. The characters and pop culture references are spot on, and any book that can throw fun at Men Without Hats is fine by me. Of course, getting the band back together isn’t easy – they all have their own lives and careers – but Teddy persists and learns a lot about himself and his life along the way. The ending wasn’t quite as satisfying as I expected, but this was still very enjoyable. I’d recommend it.

***Disclaimer: This e-ARC was provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Huge thanks to them. ***

My rating: 4.5/5

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