Book Talk: Hurts So Good

Sometimes I need to talk to other book lovers in order to be understood. It’s hard to convey what you mean when you say a book hurt you to your soul and yet you love it. Some people just don’t understand that those are the good books; those are the books that leave a lasting impression.

Like I’ve said before, some people watch movies in order to get that out of body experience. They need the visual to be transported away to another world where their heart is free to be messed up and put back together again. Sometimes these people get it and sometimes they don’t.

Sometimes you read a book that you know is going to crush you. You just know the book is going to rip your heart out, do an Irish jig upon it, and then boil it into a stew. Weird visuals, but you’ll know what I mean. Those are the books that leave you choking and crying and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

One such book for me was How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo. I knew going into the book that it was going to completely screw with my emotions. Everything was set up for a volatile, emotional roller coaster.  Yet I continued reading because I knew it would be worth it. I knew every tear that welled up was going to serve a purpose.

The books that hurt so good are some of the best. It’s hard to shake that lasting impression that the sweet pain leaves long after you read the last word. What are some of your “hurts so good” novels?

How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo

It is hard for me to put words together to decide how much I loved this book. It drove me absolutely insane and in turn, I think I drove my friends a little crazy as well. I wished so many times I had this book as a physical copy instead of on my Kindle because I wanted to throw it across the room, cover my ears and just block the rest of the world out because I was feeling too much.

I had a feeling when I started this book that it was going to be different. In fact, I even told my friends that I was afraid to love this book too much because writing this beautiful can’t be happy all the time. I thought this book was going to rip my heart out and stomp on it. And it did. And yet I finished this book happier than I thought possible.

I think the thing that made this book so emotional for me was the characters. They are real people. They have their flaws and their love isn’t perfect rainbows and butterflies and the writing felt so raw that I felt every single thing in this book. I soared when Eliza did and I felt my heart being slowly crushed as well.

And the writing. Oh my god, the writing. If I am ever able to put words together a tenth as well as DeBartolo did in this book, I will thank my lucky stars. There were so many lines in this book that spoke true and real. It was powerful and I think the writing itself was a character within the book.

I don’t think I will ever stop singing DeBartolo’s praises and I will tell every single person I know to read this book. It’s a romance, but it’s real, and yet I could escape through it. This was an amazing book and I’m so glad it found its way to me to read.