Happy Saturday! I finished Rockettes, Rockstars and Rockbottom by Keltie Colleen today while at the laundromat. As you know, I wanted to read this book because I discovered Keltie’s blog and fell in love. Her book was an extension of that, but I have to say that I enjoy the blog much more.
Her memoir features her journey from growing up to making a career in NYC as a dancer. Along the way, she has her heart broken by Rocker, Singer and Dreamer—all typical musicians. She details these relationships and the aftermath of each very vividly, although I found that certain sentiments were repeated way too often. She deals with self-hatred, self-confidence and depression, which makes the book a dark read, but also gives the reader an intimate glimpse into the life of a woman struggling to fulfill her dream in the big city. One of my favorite lines was, “I wished that my heart spoke English.” Any girl can relate to Keltie’s romantic experiences and the strength with which she picks herself up time and time again is admirable.
Another important thing to note is the grammar. Anyone who knows me knows that I always try my hardest to spell every word correctly and use proper grammar. Obviously my writing isn’t always perfect, but this book comes nowhere close to good grammar. Friends’ names were capitalized on one page and uncapitalized on the next, periods were placed outside of quotation marks and some sentences just made zero sense. So if you are a grammar czar, you might not be able to look past those mistakes to immerse yourself in the actual story.
Overall I thought it was okay, but would definitely recommend it to someone going through a tough breakup or unhealthy relationship.
On a side note, can you believe it’s the end of November?! I guess I can because it’s unbelievably cold, which makes me never want to leave the warm cocoon of my apartment. Hence my afternoon of doodling yesterday.
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