3 out of 4 stars
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Phil Collins Must Die by Rad Crews is the story of Mark who, while on a plane, is remembering the Live Aid concert from 1985. Mark was driving to the event when he met two young girls, Dena and Sheila, who had just been through a horrible experience on their way to the same concert in Philadelphia. Soon, the girls joined Mark on his journey to that fateful concert.
I watched the concert on television as a teenager, and I knew all the main singers and bands from back then. Phil Collins has always been a favorite artist ever since. Thus, I was very curious why Phil Collins had to die. Having read the book, I realized that I never really received a clear answer to my question. Also, the concert itself only featured in a few middle chapters. The rest of the book was an enjoyable story about three people thrown together while on their journey to that unforgettable event.
The story itself was a pleasant read; however, I found some parts during the drive to and from the concert a bit long, with the author detailing many mundane events surrounding the journey. What really got my heart pumping was featured in the last few chapters of the book. There was a twist I didn’t see coming, which was perfect, albeit sad. The end of the book offered another twist that made me tear up. After the slow start, the book redeemed itself in these last few fast-paced chapters with the heart-racing elements that kept me turning the pages to see what happened next.
I found Mark to be an honest young man who didn’t waver for a second when presented with the opportunity to help two women in need. He was the most memorable character of the three. Dena was an impressionable young woman of her time. Sheila, Dena’s friend, was quite interesting, as well. Despite her flirty personality, she had something deeper, more mature inside, which I quite liked.
Overall, Phil Collins Must Die was a fun read. It could have been shorter, with some paragraphs and chapters edited out to increase the overall pacing. My biggest issue, however, was the presence of several grammatical errors in the book, especially involving the wrong use of apostrophes. The author used them where he shouldn’t have and omitted them from places that required them. Thus, I award the book 3 out of 4 stars. Tightening the plot a little and editing the book for grammatical mistakes could easily bring the rating up to 4 stars. If you are looking for an action-packed adventure novel, this book might not be for you. However, if slower-paced love stories full of drama and character study give you joy when reading, you should pick up Phil Collins Must Die.
Phil Collins Must Die
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