ARC Review: I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil!!!

Posted January 23, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

I’m Glad I Did
Cynthia Weil
Release Date: 01/27/2015
Publisher: Soho Teen
Received From: Edelweiss

Mad Men meets Nashville in this debut mystery set in 1963, written by Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Cynthia Weil.

It’s the summer of 1963 and JJ Green is a born songwriter—which is a major problem, considering that her family considers the music business a cesspool of lowlifes and hustlers. Defying them, she takes an internship at the Brill Building, the epicenter of a new sound called rock and roll.

JJ is finally living her dream. She even finds herself a writing partner in Luke Silver, a boy with mesmerizing green eyes who seems to connect instantly with her music. Best of all, they’ll be cutting their first demo with Dulcie Brown, a legend who’s fallen on hard times. Though Dulcie is now a custodian in the Brill Building, JJ is convinced that she can shine again.

But Dulcie’s past is a tangle of secrets, and when events take a dark turn, JJ must navigate a web of hidden identities and shattered lives—before it snares her, too.

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Imagine being a 16 year old high school graduate who wants to be a musician, but your entire family wants you to continue the tradition of being a lawyer. That is exactly the type of world in which JJ lived. The only thing that she loved was music, and she could care less about being a lawyer. During the summer, JJ decided to go to an interview for a music record company, to see if she could get a job. She didn’t tell her parents, because she knew that they wouldn’t allow her to go to the interview.

The interview didn’t go well, yet she got a call a little while later telling her that she got the job. She was confused for a bit, until she found out that her Uncle Bertie had talked the boss into giving her the job. While most people would be ecstatic, she was sad because she wanted to get the job herself. I really respected the fact that JJ wanted to earn the job based on how qualified she was instead of just relying on family connections. Speaking of family connections, the situation was made more awkward due to strained relations between her mother and uncle, causing her not to have seen her uncle in 5 years. From JJ’s perspective, now she had pressure to succeed from her boss, her parents, and her uncle.

I thought that this was a cute and enjoyable read and loved all the characters, from JJ to Uncle Bertie. All of the characters were very unique and had completely different personalities. I especially liked the contrast between JJ’s mother and Uncle Bertie. One was a lawyer, while the other was known as the “godfather of the music business.” They were both completely different in every way possible, except for the fact that they loved JJ.

Another reason why I enjoyed this book, and thought that it was unique, was the fact that there was more focus on family love than romantic love. As I was reading, I could feel the strength (and weakness) of the family bonds, and how they changed over time. Now don’t get me wrong, there were some romantic scenes, but they were scarce and small. By the way, there is no love triangle in this book, so you don’t have to worry about that.

I enjoyed this book and would give it 4/5stars.


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3 responses to “ARC Review: I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil!!!

  1. This book sounds really good! I’m glad that it focuses more on family relationships than romantic, I love that and it doesn’t happen very often. Plus, I love anything that has any kind of music element to it. =)

    Great review!

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