REVIEW: Groupies

“Her eyes reflected the lights in the room. They weren’t so much looking as gobbling up every sparkle and glint of glitter. Black holes hungry for glamour or light or love.”


Faun drops out of college and moves to LA to couch surf in the apartment of her best friend, Josie. Josie is dating the front man of one of the biggest new bands in rock. Quickly Faun finds herself as a plus one to gigs and parties where she gets to experience the rock and roll lifestyle. Sex, drugs and rock and roll are the hum drum of her days. She desperately tries to find a way to be a part of it, to feel like she belongs, to be needed. Josie on the other hand, is at the center of glitz and glamour but knows all that glitters is not gold. 

This one promises to be for fans of “Daisy Jones & The Six, Mary Jane, and The Final Revival of Opal & Nev” – other than taking place in the music scene, I don’t think it can hold a candle to any of those. It does not have the charm, the main character is not very likable and while she is naive, her treatment of her friend and lack of real interest in actually being a groupie makes this a bit of a snooze. It is a coming of age tale like Mary Jane but I didn’t find myself rooting for Faun the way I did Mary Jane. I was just about to DNF when there was finally some action, you’ve got to wait til about 70% for that to kick in, and when it does, it’s a surprise. But where it goes from there didn’t wow me either. 

If you like a debaucherous slice of life rock and roll story, then give this one a try. Just because it wasn’t my favorite, doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it. ⭐️⭐️💫

Thanks to Netgalley for advanced access to this one. All opinions above are my own.

I never used to post books that I didn’t enjoy here on Instagram because I realize the author put a lot of hard work into writing their novel and I didn’t want to be seen as not appreciating that. But, when I look back at the time and effort I put into reading and trying to immerse myself in their world, I feel like as long as I am fair in my review – it should be ok to post. What do you think? Do you post reviews for books you didn’t love?

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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