I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

Wow. I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert wasn't what I was expecting. I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't this.

My first thought was that it reminded me of Amanda Boyden's Pretty, Little, Dirty but not as raw. Don't get me wrong, this is gritty but PLD is raw.

My last thought was that I wanted some Jack Daniels and a cigarette when I finished it. I kind of felt like I had just come off a drinking binge. And like I need to listen to the Clash or maybe the Pixies.

Emily Black grew up in the same small town that her parents did. She listed to the same music her parents did but the only parent she had was her dad. Her mother up and left them when she was a baby and she spend her life, especially her teenage years, living in her shadow. Her mother was wild and listened to punk music so she was wild and listened to punk music. Then she started her own band and was playing punk music. But Emily doesn't know the real reason that her mother left.

Louisa, Emily's mother, spends decades crisscrossing the country, looking to escape what she left behind. Drug, alcohol, music, that's all that she has.  But she can't forget what she left and what she keeps running from.

Emily's star starts to rise and we see her shine and self-destruct. Will she find her way? Will she find her mother? Or will she only lose herself?

Warning: potentially triggery. A bit slow at the beginning but really worth sticking with.