Mickey DeFalco is a pathetic, yet somehow likable, one-hit wonder in this book by Charlie Carillo.
When he was 18 years old, Mickey wrote a hit song about his first love, Lynn. Now, 20 years later, he is broke and moving back home to live with his parents.
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The story intertwines Mickey’s present with his past as the two seem to repeatedly collide. He gets his old job back mowing lawns. He bickers with his parents as he comes to relate to them as adults and find out they really are interesting people. Most shocking of all is that Lynn, who ran away from home without so much as a goodbye, has also moved back to the neighborhood.
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Mickey has to cope with the embarrassment of people who are star struck when they recognize him and ask what he is doing now. He does manage to make the most of opportunities when women, who were teenagers when he was famous, throw themselves as him.
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The song wraps around the story nicely, appearing in the most unexpected places and giving the story a powerful connection. Anyone who has ever had to make peace with their teenage self will be able to relate.
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One Hit Wonder is a character-driven story with an edgy tone that reveals an unexpected sweetness. The plot was impossible to predict. I really enjoyed reading this book, despite some crass scenes.
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If you picked this up when it was free in November, you may want to move it up on your reading list. Otherwise, you can get it today for $7.99.
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