Monday, January 23, 2023

 Hey everyone, and welcome to "books I'm now obsessed with" -- aka Everything Is Just Beginning by Erin Bartels. Check out the blurb and my review below.

An Immersive Story of Music, Struggle, and Starting Over from an Award-Winning Author

Michael Sullivan is a talented lyricist and a decent guitarist, but since he was kicked out of his band (and his apartment), he's not sure he'll ever get a record deal. Living with his loser uncle in a beat-up trailer and working a dead-end job, Michael has little reason to hope for a better future. Until the invitation for a swanky New Year's Eve party shows up in the mailbox. It's for his uncle, with whom he shares his name, but his uncle is going out of town . . .

On the effervescent night of December 31, 1989--as the Berlin Wall is coming down, the Soviet Union is inching toward democracy, and anything seems possible--Michael will cross paths with the accomplished and enigmatic young heir to a fading musical dynasty, forever altering both of their futures.

Award-winning novelist Erin Bartels enchants with this story of two lonely souls who have exactly what the other one needs--if they could simply turn their focus from what is ending to what is just beginning

I am rapidly becoming a fan of Bartels' work, and this one is possibly my current favorite. An immersive storyline, characters you deeply empathize with, a story that doesn't overwhelm you with technical lingo but invites you in, representation of a headstrong blind character, and a story that will overall stay with you for a long time. I sincerely adored this story. Though there were times I wanted to scream at the main character, it was real and so very impactful. There are a lot of lessons to be learned in this story, a lot I don't want to share because of spoilers, but you'll end up empathizing with even the characters you can't stand. Very well done.

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