Save Me, Kurt Cobain

Finished Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.  Click here to enter to win one of three copies (good luck!).

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Summary (from Goodreads):

What if you discovered that Kurt Cobain is not only alive, but might be your real father? This nuanced and bittersweet YA debut will keep you guessing until the end.

Nico Cavan has been adrift since her mother vanished when she was four—maternal abandonment isn’t exactly something you can just get over. Staying invisible at school is how she copes—that and listening to alt music and summoning spirits on the Ouija board with her best friend and co-conspirator in sarcasm, Obe. But when a chance discovery opens a window onto her mom’s wild past, it sparks an idea in her brain that takes hold and won’t let go.

On a ferry departing Seattle, Nico encounters a slight blond guy with piercing blue eyes wearing a hooded jacket. Something in her heart tells her that this feeling she has might actually be the truth, so she follows him to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. When she is stranded there by a winter storm, fear and darkness collide, and the only one who can save Nico might just be herself.”

I completely love this book.

I was in middle school when Nirvana exploded, and I loved them (and, like Nico, All Apologies was my favorite song).  I haven’t really listened to them in years, and reading this book brought a lot of it back.  (I remember being absolutely devastated when Kurt Cobain killed himself.)

I loved Nico and even though I think we both knew that Kurt Cobain wasn’t alive, I shared her hope that maybe, somehow, it was true.  And I was so excited every time she learned something new about her mom (who she didn’t really know, since she took off when Nico was little).

This is a book for people who love music (especially Nirvana, though that’s not necessary) and for people who love stories about family.



Jenny Manzer is a writer in Victoria, British Columbia.

She has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and an investigative journalist, and has loved writing stories ever since she was a little girl. Now that she has two children of her own, she does most of her writing (and listening to Nirvana) at night while they’re asleep.

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2 thoughts on “Save Me, Kurt Cobain

  1. Thanks for the post. I’m just hearing about this book and I’m happy to read that you loved it. It sounds so unique from anything else out there.

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