Rhythm in Blue is probably one of the best books I've read in a long time. At first, I thought it was going to be a straight romance, and that's alright, I can do those once in a while, especially if they're good ones, but this story turned into so much more than I expected. Yeah, there's some romance in it, but I don't think I'd label it that way.
The main character begins his life with a goal of survival, then his goals change to finding success and leading the life he only imagined in his dreams. Once the mission is accomplished, he finds out that living his dreams can't make him happy- he needs more (or less). When he discovers what he needs to be happy, but pushes it out of his reach, his goals become indefinable from that point on, and he stumbles through life recklessly, searching for something to fill the gaping hole in his soul.
The characters in this story are so real, they make you want to hang out with them, maybe give them a nudge or some advice once in a while. The scenes, the uncomfortable situations, and the interactions are just amazing.
Some of my favorite lines/scenes-
...the audacious rivulets ran down her torso and disappeared into her swimsuit. (This one line speaks volumes about the character's state of mind.)
-A melody was singing to him from inside, and he chased after it with the strings and frets, trying to capture it from the recesses of his mind.-
The scene where Rick is stoned out of his mind and hitting on chicks at the party, so cocky, so sure that it's them and not him. Too freakin funny!
-Rick entered his hotel room and headed straight for the phone. He sat on the bed and dialed the number. It took several attempts, as his hands shook uncontrollably. When the connection was made, he began: “Hey, I need to talk to you.” He swallowed hard and sighed, wrapping the phone cord around his fingers to still them.- (This scene literally dropped my jaw!)
-He remained on his side, motionless, his mind spinning out of control, filled with unexplainable anger and hopelessness. From his core, it slowly spread, until it filled every cell in his body, pressing against his nerves, searching for release.- (Pure awesome and gut wrenching!)
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great story- a fantastic story. Well done for sure. I've looked for this in print, but can't find it. Is there somewhere I can buy it?
*I don't normally write reviews, so forgive me if I did it wrong. Not sure you're supposed to actually give quotes, but these ones especially grabbed me by the neck and shook me, and I felt I had to include them. I guess delete me if its too much.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)