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Book review: Groupies

An authentic coming-of-age story, Groupies by Sarah Priscus is vibrant and enthralling. It is one of the best books I've read in 2022.

When I spotted the eye-catching cover of Groupies on the shelf at the library last week, I knew I had to read it. While my favorite genre tends to be mystery/thrillers, I found Groupies, a contemporary historical fiction novel, to be one of the best books I've read all year.

Full of grit and glitz, Groupies evokes the rock-and-roll seventies while telling a story with both heart and suspense.

Groupies tells the story of Faun, a naive young woman, who goes to California to live with her best friend, Josie, a glittery up-and-comer who is dating the lead singer of a rock band.

Author Sarah Priscus spins a coming-of-age story that evokes the yearning, desire, confusion, loneliness, and recklessness of growing up. At its heart, this is a story about relationships, and the dynamics between friends and lovers are captured so well.

It'd be easy to compare Groupies to Almost Famous. It follows a group of starstruck groupies who fawn over a rock-and-roll band, so the comparison is an easy one. But Groupies is so much more than sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. (Though it captures the glitz and grit of that world so well!)

The characters and their dynamics feel achingly real, and the plot is an unexpected page-turner. Groupies is Priscus's first novel. I can't wait to read more of her work!


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