Save Me, Kurt Cobain

Save Me, Kurt Cobain Book Cover Save Me, Kurt Cobain
Jenny Manzer
Delacorte Press
March 8, 2016

A chance discovery makes Nico, fifteen, believe that not only is Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the 1990s grung band Nirvana, still alive, but that he might be her real father.



“Save Me, Kurt Cobain” is not a book meant to be read by everyone (which is in no way a bad thing), but for those it is meant for, you will enjoy it immensely.

At its heart, it is the coming-of-age story of Nico Cavan, a girl who has been lost in the world since the age of four.  She is an extremely well-developed character who evokes both sympathy and, at times, rage.  Believe me, sometimes the reader will truly want to shake her and ask what the heck she is doing.  The auxiliary characters are developed to the perfect point of being both mysterious and understood.  In other words, you see them as Nico sees them.

The book is also a love story to music.  While Nirvana is the central band, as is obvious from the title, there are many other good ones mentioned.  I really hope some of the younger readers will give them a try.  I grew up in the Kurt Cobain era, and the facts and stories about him brought an intense wave of nostalgia.  Though I do have to admit I felt ancient when they were classified as oldies that parents listen to.  Many of the facts presented I had never heard, and I found that to add quite a bit of enjoyment to my reading experience.

My only complaint is that the beginning of the book seems to drag somewhat.  All of it is important to where the story goes, so please remember that if you are tempted to stop reading.  It is totally worth it.

“Save Me, Kurt Cobain” will appeal to all of the audiophiles, artists, “freaks”, and the lost.  It’s perfect for both young adults and adults.

This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Content Warning:

Language, Brief Sexual Situations, Drug Abuse, Discussions of Suicide

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