Now then, it has been a loooong time since I last wrote a book review on the blog. Part of that is down to the fact that I haven’t read a book for a few months. This is something which isn’t like me, I love to have a good book on the go. As someone who loves reading, this really saddened me. Part of the reason was finishing uni and then I just got out of the habit. So, about a week ago, I went and bought some new books and decided that when I was bored, instead of watching YouTube or Netflix, I would read. This is what I used to do when I was younger and I loved getting lost in new worlds. Getting to know different characters and different storied was my favourite way to spend an afternoon.
The first book I picked up was The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom, on the recommendation of a few people, and it has genuinely become one of my favourite books. It is so different from the books I’ve been reading recently – I’ve been flicking between crime thrillers, YA and chick lit. I was hooked from the first chapter and it was the perfect book to get back in to reading.
The novel tells the story of Frankie Presto, a man who in his lifetime becomes a huge music sensation before disappearing for many years. It’s set between the 1940’s and present day and one of my favourite things about the story is how real musicians such as Elvis and the Everly Brothers are people who Frankie interacts with.
The main narrator of the story is music and it is such an interesting and unique perspective. I love that music has been given a kind of persona and how it explains the impact and effect it has on people. The story starts at the very beginning of his funeral, following his ‘mysterious’ death. We then hear about his life, from music, with brief interludes from musicians who he worked with along the way who are being interviewed by the press.
I just loved how the book was written. It was such an easy read but also had some really poignant messages and themes throughout about how you impact people’s lives, how we’re always ‘part of a band’ and the meaning of family and love. You really connect with Frankie during this story and even though throughout you know the outcome of his life, you don’t know the twists ad turns he took to get there and I really loved the ending of the book and it made me want to go back and read it all over again!
I cannot wait to pick up some more of Mitch Albom’s books as I love his writing style and his stories seem so unique and different yet very familiar which I know sounds strange but if you’ve read his books I’m sure you’ll understand! Please leave any of your book recommendations in the comments below and your thought’s on the book if you’ve read it!