The Summer of Crud

4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

“With such pain, every moment is about one thing and one thing only: escape.”

The summer after graduating from college, 22-year-old Danny Wolinski takes a cross-country US road trip with his friend, Ian Perez, hoping to find the inspiration to reach his songwriting potential, start a band, and avoid student teaching in the fall. Danny is tormented by intense physical and psychological pain and sees music as his only relief, but the more he searches for this inspiration in an America filled with endless parties, heavy drugs, and lost souls, the more he questions whether it exists. A deeply disturbing and psychological coming-of-age novel, THE SUMMER OF CRUD explores the complexities of friendships, masculinity, sex, mental illness, and addiction, and shows how the quest to unlock one’s creativity can both inspire and destroy a person. 

This book is the first book in a loosely linked trilogy with UNDERSTANDING THE ALACRÁN as book two, and DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY as book three.
The Summer of Crud takes adventure and art to a whole other level. Traveling and music are key aspects in this novel. It’s shorter than his other books, however it is so packed with life, lessons and realism. He gets into some deep shit and it will hit you. I found this particular book out of the three I’ve read the most identifiable within myself. Even though its from a mans pov, as a woman I completely understand and am sympathetic from a different aspect. 

There was a point in my life where I felt exactly how Danny feels. There’s something about engaging so much with a main character that it shapes you. The emptiness, the confusion, anger, hate, sense of wanting to be lost; it really reached a part of my soul that’s hard to get to. It touched me on a personal level and I felt as if I was being accepted by the characters.

The lessons are some hard ones to face, but everyone has to face them eventually. 
You have to read this. If there’s one book out of the trilogy that you have to get your hands on, it’d be this one. There will be at least one chapter in here that will make you think and make you be so responsible you go why is this so me? 

I recommend it without a doubt. 

I’ve been reading a lot of books that have made me have a different outlook on life. This year for me is all about self-discovery and finding out who I am. The Nightingale  was the first book I read in 2018 and changed my life in a massive way. This book was one of those as well. I’m focusing on finding myself, and being self aware. I’m glad to say, I’m off to a great start in the reading section of my life. ❤

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