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Most people can only dream of becoming a rock star still fewer have the passion to ever attempt this dream In Lewis Shiners Say Goodbye this musical fervor leaps off the pages Within the main character of Laurie Moss can be seen a special obsession found in everyone The knowledgeable writing of Lewis Shiner combined with the vivid struggles of the characters join to create a surprisingly inspiring novel To some people Say Goodbye may be thought of as the basic clicheacuted novel involving someone trying to get famous in Hollywood but in reality it is so much more This novel offers a great insight into the musical world As Laurie Moss and her band take steps to break from music underground obscurity and onto the mainstream stage they have to go though many hard times Detailed descriptions on how the band struggle to make their first album book gigs get a record contract and stay together all add to the realism of the story And another aspect of the plot that makes the story feel genuine is the readers ability to empathize with the characters It is painful to see a dream go up in smoke and to be forced to start from the beginning But even after all the struggles and heartbreak if the belief in that one dream is strong enough Say Goodbye proves that one broken dream can possibly evolve into something better Lewis Shiner has a unique way of chronicling and telling the story in Say Goodbye This writing style can best be compared to that of a True Hollywood Story or Behind the Music television episode The point of view in the novel often switches from the first person of multiple characters to that of the third person The first person characters are in the form of Laurie Moss and the rock journalistnovelist who is writing his book about Laurie And the third person also seems to be told
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