Fine Fine Music by Cassie J. Sneider is easily one of the best pieces of contemporary literature I’ve picked up in a long, long time. It’s a collection of short stories based on real events throughout the author’s life. From the seemingly mundane to the totally out there, Sneider captures every moment and detail with such finite precision and humor that the reader is transported into that moment in time, there with Sneider throughout all the trials and tribulations of everyday life.
Never before has an author so perfectly captured those painful moments of awkward adolescence. Maybe I’m biased because so many of her cringe-worthy childhood memories mirror a little too close to my own, but I found myself often having to put the book down and smile or laugh, knowing I wasn’t the only one who had done this or that or felt a certain way.
Every story has a similar structure, and the only way I can describe it is like a good friend telling you about their day, diverging into a seemingly unrelated anecdote that makes your sides hurt from laughing, then bringing it all together in the end with some form of acknowledgment of a new leaf being turned in life. Every story ends with a realization – sometimes about the little things and sometimes more on a grand level about life itself. And after every story you can’t help but feel just a little happier with life, a bit inspired and most definitely glad you have read it.
If I wasn’t already taken by the book after the first story, I was sold and in love by the time I reached the part where she opted to stay in and do David Lee Roth leg kicks in her mirror at night instead of going out with friends. (Am I really not the only one who does that?!) Cassie J. Sneider isn’t afraid to admit to all those strange little nuances and embarrassing stories in life we often leave tucked away in our brains, for fear of someone finding out and forcing us to relive them. Anyone who’s willing to do just that – relive those memories – will adore this book. “Coming of age” stories have never been funnier…nor more realistic.
Fine Fine Music is a must have for any young girl who grew up in the 90s (especially in New York), any music fan and enthusiast and mainly, anyone who enjoys a well-written story and a good laugh. Cassie J. Sneider is proving herself as a rock n’ roll force to be reckoned with, and I can’t wait to see what comes next from this bright and fascinating writer.