Guest Column: Three Books You Need To Read By Neurotic November’s Bear

Guest Column

In our undying efforts to bring you engaging columns you won’t find anywhere else, we’ve reached out to the metal world, seeking submissions for a new subject: Three amazing books you have to pick up.

Seeing as you read this blog everyday, we went out on a limb and assumed you’d maybe want to get some book suggestions from your favorite bands, too. So today, we continue this series on rad, must-reads with an entry from Bear, the bassist for Neurotic November; the band’s album Annunaki comes out on October 29.

If you have ever heard the line “Stay gold pony boy!,” than you probably have already guessed the first book that is a “must read” on my chart and personal favorite of mine: “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton.  

Gangs, friendship, love, and death. The book took place in the 60′s between the “greasers” and the “socs” and it is everything you could imagine growing up in that era would be. They also made a movie based off the book, which isn’t as great but it had all of the best actors!

Just about everyone has seen “Alice in Wonderland” right? How about the darker side and hidden innuendo of drug abuse? 

“Go Ask Alice” by Beatrice Sparks was a roller-coaster of a book. It is titled “Anonymous” and is written in diary context.

I had read the book in the seventh grade for summer reading when I was 12. You may be thinking it was a poor choice of reading to give to such absorbent curious minds, but perhaps the problem with the youth of today’s society is they are too sheltered and fed the wrong kind of exposure.

It portrays cause and effect of poor decision making, peer pressure and everything anyone in high school will ever experience. 
Last but certainly not least…from the moment I picked it up I could not put it down until I was finished. It is one of the most horrific cases of child abuse ever recorded in the state of California.

This book is not for the faint of heart as it is an autobiography. “A Child Called IT” by Dave Pelzer takes you through his world of torture, page by page; I was mortified. It drew emotion from me I did not know was capable from a book.

His story of survival is inspiring and gives much insight to things people take for granted. It is a serious gut check, but will give you a new appreciation for life.

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