Continuing my streak of reading debut novels, I picked up I’m Glad I Did from my local library. This novel was written by veteran songwriter Cynthia Weil. Although her name may not be familiar, the songs she wrote are legendary. “On Broadway” and “Never Gonna Let You Go” are just to name a few.

I’m Glad I Did is set in 1960s New York City, and follows Justice Jeanette “JJ” Green, a sixteen-year-old aspiring songwriter who earns her dream internship at a record label at the Brill Building. Her summer is further made interesting when she befriends former star singer Dulcie Brown and fellow young writer Luke Silver. A song soon formulates among the three of them, but something is about to happen to turn their whole world upside down.

One of the aspects of this story¬†that I like is the focus on the need for writing. When you think about, just about any sort of media- television shows, movies, books and even advertisements- can’t exist without writers. There needs to be a script, an outline, copy, some sort of backbone in order to begin a project. Even buildings start with blueprints.

Another element of this novel that was refreshing was the 1960s setting. It’s a nice departure from the common theme of dystopian, fantasy novels that have spiked in popularity recently. (Nothing against them.) Other than that, the plot was okay, but felt a little rushed.

Overall, this is a nice, quick read for anyone who is interested in taking a trip to the 1960s life.

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