Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Short Story
Approximate word count: 10-11,000 words
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Available biographical information on this author is skimpy. From his page on Goodreads, I was able to deduce that he is a native of the Dominican Republic who now lives in New York City. He also maintains this blog and has two other short stories available.
“Three friends experience life altering moments at Coachella Music Festival. Luke, the protagonist, overcomes the loss of his best friend through their shared love of music and the energy surrounding music festivals.”
After my first read-through of Waves, I was disappointed, but couldn’t understand why. I knew it wasn’t the musical festival setting. If my budget allowed, I’d be at one every summer weekend. So I decided to take some time and then gave it a second read. I came to the conclusion that maybe, in a figurative sense, the music was too loud (and yes, that might mean I’m too old). The “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll” ethos overwhelmed what seemed to be an attempt at a coming-of-age story line. I saw the results, the characters seemed to have moved into a more adult place, but with the exception of Luke, one of the three main characters, I’m still wondering how or why that happened. Maybe contemporaries of the characters (twenty-somethings) will get what I didn’t.
Some minor adult language and content.
No significant issues
Rating: *** Three stars