Rx:  “Come As You Are”

Prescribed by: Jennifer Haupt

Prescribed for: Anyone who young adulted during the early 90’s.  If you loved the angst in the movie “Singles” and you enjoyed Mark Yarm’s “Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge,” you’ll enjoy the settings and the vibe of this novel.

Side Effects:  A desire to dig out your Doc Martens and your vintage Nirvana t-shirt and take a road trip to Seattle.

Directions:  Zane and Skye watched their desperate friendship move on to something deeper and more heartbreaking, all set against the backdrop of the early 90’s music scene in Seattle. The choices they made as nothing more than kids will not only effect their lives, but will have profound consequences for the people who tried, and still try, to love them.

When two artistic, creative, lonely teens are drawn together by their love of music and their desire to escape their current circumstances, a complicated friendship is formed, and a plan is made to make it big in LA.  Everything changes in the blink of an eye and they must go their separate ways, knowing in their hearts that they cannot and will not be able to break their bond.  They are parents now of a teen with dreams and ambitions of her own.  Can she learn something from her parents’ mistakes, and more importantly can her parents step up and be the people their daughter needs them to actually be?

Special Instructions: 90’s Seattle was not the hip, coffee-culture environment it is now.  Back then, The Dahlia Lounge was the place to be seen, though most musicians on a shoestring budget were buying their own lunches at Ayutthaya where you could dine on their amazing Tom kha gai:

Authentic Tom Kha Gai by Seonkyoung Longest

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And while most of us were drinking cheap beer and local IPA’s back in the 90’s, Seattle was, and still is, known for it’s bar scene, serving variations on the Old Pal Cocktail:

Old Pal by Sips from Scripts

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Julie Bond

Julie Bond is a voracious reader with eclectic tastes running the gamut from YA lit, to psychological suspense, and anything dog-related, of course. You can find her haunting her favorite San Francisco Bay Area indie bookstores. Email her at ObsessiveBookFanatic@gmail.com


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