finished reading

I'm pretty sure this is the debut novel by the lead singer of the Bangles, Susanna Hoffs.  So the look into the music world rings with insider vibes.  I liked that the main character, Jane, doesn't whine about her one-hit-wonder status.  I liked the secondary characters although I wanted to know more about Jane's brother.

I liked the rom-com meet cute and I liked the premise.  It could have used more editing because it was draggy and some phrases were repeated too frequently.

From the publisher:
Jane Start is thirty-three, broke, and recently single. Ten years prior, she had a hit song—written by world-famous superstar Jonesy—but Jane hasn’t had a breakout since. Now she's living out of four garbage bags at her parents’ house, reduced to performing to Karaoke tracks in Las Vegas.  Rock bottom .

But when her longtime manager Pippa sends Jane to London to regroup, she’s seated next to an intriguing stranger on the flight—the  other  Tom Hardy, an elegantly handsome Oxford professor of literature. Jane is instantly smitten by Tom, and soon, truly inspired. But it’s not Jane’s past alone that haunts her second chance at stardom, and at love. Is Tom all that he seems? And can Jane emerge from the shadow of Jonesy's earlier hit, and into the light of her own?

In turns deeply sexy, riotously funny, and utterly joyful,  This Bird Has Flown  explores love, passion, and the ghosts of our past, and offers a glimpse inside the music business that could only come from beloved songwriter Susanna Hoffs.

#52bookclub prompt 38: published by Hachette.

1 comment:

The Gal Herself said...

First of all, I love the Beatles quote in the title.

It's an interesting premise. I remember back in 1981, Sir Paul said something to the effect that once you become very famous, you can't become not famous. If you try, then you become a notorious recluse and an even more of a paparazzi target. But that was after the Beatles had conquered the world. I wonder what it's like for a one-hit wonder. It can't possibly be the same.