Paint It Black by Janet Fitch

This book was recommended to me by a friend, all the reviews on Amazon were terrible, but I bought it anyway I trusted her judgment more than some strangers. It was great! I loved it, couldn’t put it down. You meet Josie and Michael and get swept away by their love, then Michael commits suicide and most of the book is about seeing life through Josie’s eyes how she tries to medicate and drown it all out but it forced to deal with it. It is tragic and beautiful. It is a book about death, but its also about living. I fell in love with the characters and loved to hate some of them. Other reviewers commented the numerous musical references and noted them to be annoying, but they must not have been familiar with punk in the 80s, I think the particular songs and bands that she uses are important and not at all trivial. Josie is a character that will stay with me for a long time, I definitely felt like I could identify with her. Surely if you have suffered heartache this novel will speak to you more. My only criticism is the ending seems a little abrupt; I would have liked to learn a little more, like an update. It was a pretty easy read and again I just couldn’t put it down, so I highly recommend it.