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Five Star Review: Chipped Black Nail Polish by Nicholas Tanek


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Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.

Released: April 28, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Memoir

Length: 147 Pages



A tribute to a different kind of Jersey girl. In New Jersey during the summer of 1989, an awkward thirteen-year-old who was obsessed with weird music fell head-over-heels in love with the coolest post-punk rock girl he had ever met. Nicholas was insecure. He was a daydreamer, wishing for romance when he was told, over and over, that he could not have it. He was a toy, pulled and pushed, wanted and used, dragged along yet held at a distance. Nicholas fell in with the out crowd, and loved every minute of it. He fell in love and got left behind, but not before she changed him forever. This is an irrational, emotional love story for the teenager inside all of us. The music is loud, and you’re about to be pushed into the pit.

Review by Lissa

It's 1989! New Jersey. Sex, Drugs and Punk Music. Nick is a soon to be freshman. By some random act of fate he meets Kim. She's crazy, vibrant and does not care. She's a teenager and she wants to do whatever the hell she wants.

Soon he meets her friends. They go out in the music scene. Which, almost reminded me of my own teenage years. Back in the music seen of 1995-1997. Hanging out listening to live music. Though, my teen years weren't as nearly exciting as his one summer.

"Never apologize for being weird." - Kim once told me

Nick is in love. When in love interesting things happen. You ignore the bad and embrace the good, the new. I think Nick wanted to be important and feel he was needed.

So much happens and you wonder how these kids got away with it. I guess it's just being a teenager and being in the moment.

This was a really great story. I wonder what Kim would think? Is she out there. Secretly reading Chipped Black Nail Polish.

This is the first time I've ever read one of Nicks books. I have to say that I loved it. The feeling that it brings to you, the thought of being a teenager and lost in the moment. We can't go back, we can write, we can dream, and we can think. Days and nights that felt never ending.

Now I'm going to listen to the playlist...

Also, please someone make this a movie...

And Since I realized that this was a Prequel to, The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself. I'm going to go read it and review as soon as I can.

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