Book Review: I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil
January 25, 2015
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Cynthia Weil’s story of the music industry in the 1960’s is a quick and enjoyable read. J.J. Green has just graduated from high school and dreams of making it as a songwriter in the music industry despite the fact the it is practically a house rule that all Green children become lawyers. J.J. Has one short summer to prove to her family that she has enough talent to follow her dream. After securing a summer job in New York’s music district’s historic Brill Building, the teen protagonist is taken on a wild ride including meeting and working with her musical icon, reconnecting with an estranged uncle, falling in love for the first time, and even helping to solve a murder mystery.
It is clear that Weil knows her way around the music business and her insight helps to create a colorful and engaging setting for the book. Key events from the civil rights movement are referenced throughout; however, the book seems to lack the sense of electric tension those events generated. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed this book that, more than anything, is about family and forgiveness. Additionally, I find it refreshing to come across a novel for teens that is not laced with swear words and suggestive scenes yet that I also think will still be enjoyed by a wide range of young adults.
Advanced Review Copy provided by the publisher through Netgalley.