Friday, January 2, 2015

E's Favorite Books of 2014: #2 The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself by Nicholas Tanek


Okay. So no one actually kills themselves in this book.

The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself pulls you into the early 90's New York City rave scene, in all its chaotic, psychedelic glory. The narrator grabs you by your wrist and drags you behind two teenage lovers from New Jersey as they tumble through a whirlwind of reckless hedonism that eventually spirals into a dark, devastating world of drug addiction and heartbreak.

As a teenager, Lynn cried, "No one is ever going to write something for me." Nearly two decades later, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Nicholas did just that. The gesture came too late for our unlikely heroine, but his heart was in the right place. A broken heart... but a true love. Reunited after years apart, Lynn and Nicholas embraced their love and sexuality, and embraced each other, despite troubled pasts, despite illness, despite all of their imperfections and mistakes. They shared the kind of honest and shameless connection that few have had the honor of knowing, and most would never understand.

"We're not hurting anyone. We're just living life without caring what anyone thinks about us."

"It's the coolest way to kill ourselves," Lynn said.

So turn the page, and pull the trigger.
Mini Review

There are not enough words to express how much I loved The Coolest Way To Kill Yourself. It is not only one of my favorite books of the year, it is now one of my all-time favorite books. It is a beautiful unconventional love story written for the love of Nicholas' life Lynn. He takes you on their journey from teenage lovers to their second chance of love. It is a honest, raw, heartbreaking story that shows what true pure love is.

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