Review: The Album by Ashley Pullo - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

This post contains affiliate links, meaning I’ll receive a small commission should you purchase using those links. All opinions expressed are my own. I receive no compensation for reviews.

Review: The Album by Ashley Pullo

My Thoughts

A one-of-a-kind heartfelt and witty story about fate, love and friendships.
One of the most uniquely written and structured stories I’ve read this year.

4stars

Synopsis

the albumFive Friends.

Five narratives.

One Epic Soundtrack.

Location: New York City (TriBeCa, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill)
Setting: 1996-2013

Characters:
Chloe LeGrange – talented musician searching for a purpose
Natalie LeGrange – lovable free-spirit chasing her dreams
Adam Ford – perceptive attorney longing for a surprise
Zach Parker – philosophical Marine defending love
Chris Brooks – charming Texan with perpetual bad timing

Objective:
Unexpected encounters and brushes with fate construct a web of stories about the journey of love and acceptance.

Themes:
Fate, acceptance, sex, drugs, and really good music.

Genre:
Indie/Romance/Humor/Drama

The Album is a journey following five friends over the span of two decades. Set against the timeless backdrop of New York City, their story is a classic retelling of what it means to follow your dreams, accept reality, and have a lot of fun in the process.

My Review

“Every great story has a beginning, whether it’s a planned meeting, a random encounter, or an impulsive jump into the unknown. But it’s the middle of the narrative that really counts… expanding the verse and building the chorus. And this story, the one that starts as soon as it ends, is a musical journey of fate and acceptance.”

Author Ashley Pullo delivers a fresh approach to storytelling in her novel, The Album. This is a story imparted by five individuals, whose lives came together by fate and family, connections colliding through a span of almost two decades. With music to fuel the story, we experience the soundtrack of their lives… the highs and the lows and a lot of the in between. What was really interesting was the way the story was structured. It starts when some of the characters were young, establishing the most important thread in the story, the relationship between cousins Natalie and Chloe (I loved that it showed how soulmates can be friends). The story surges forward, in these short bursts, through these momentary glimpses into their lives. We don’t see the expanded view, and the story doesn’t move seamlessly, it’s like a conglomeration of significant moments (what I saw as tracks) in their lives.

“Life is made up of millions of destinations; some alone, some with friends, some in fear, and some chasing dreams.

We meet Chloe, who is fiery and artistic with a “streak of insanity.” She sees the world as a story best told through music, feeling everything deeply and instinctively. We also meet Natalie, who is vibrant, funny and bursting with life. She’s outwardly irreverent, but she’s tremendously kind and empathic. Together they get into all kinds of trouble, chasing their dreams and falling back on their friendship to get them through it all. Their banter is fantastic. The humor is quick and truly funny and I found myself smiling hugely at their exchanges.

Natalie meets Zacharie during one chance encounter on a train, and an epic love story sparks to life. I fell in love with their story. So charged, so them, so full of passion. They are like two halves of a whole and I frankly could have read an entire book about them. Their story takes off at full speed, and was the best part of the book for me. Whereas the relationship between Nat and Chloe was the soul of the story, Nat and Zach were the heart of it.

“Ma femme, Je ne regrette rien, because I found everything.”

Chloe has a more difficult time grabbing a hold of her fate, as she meets the man destined for her, Adam, but pulls away after a misunderstanding. I wanted to see more of their time together, as we saw with Nat and Zach, helping to build a connection and understanding of who they were as a couple.

We also meet Chris, from Texas, who crashes into their lives at a time where things were broken and life was difficult. Timing was everything for this character, but fate just demanded patience.

There were so many amazing things about this novel, the structure, the wit, the music, the friendship and certainly the love story between Zach and Nat, and all those elements were mixed in a really amazing way. The one thing I would say, however, is that the story felt a bit unbalanced. It starts off slowly as we get to know the girls, then picks up as Natalie’s story takes hold, and then very much rushes through to the end. There were some moments in the book that really devastated me, and disrupted my connection to the story in a way that was difficult for me to get back into the flow of it (a nod to Pullo’s strong characterization of a particular protagonist) and there were some gaps that were not addressed that I really wanted explored.

The novel was penned in a way that could have been truly epic, I just needed some moments covered, the last part of the book slowed and a better paced story that felt a bit more seamless, even if it unfurled in a haphazard, stream-of-consciousness sort of way. My understanding is that we get more richness in the sequel, The Ballad, particularly as we delve into more of Chloe and Adam’s relationship, which is exactly what I was looking for.

Regardless, I very much enjoyed The Album and applaud Ashley Pullo for doing things differently and boldly. This definitely won’t be the last I read from this talented author, and if you’re a music lover who loves nineties references (LIKE ME!), you should definitely pick this book up… you’ll get a kick out of it.

“Friendship, like any relationship, is hard work. Wrought with good memories, but inevitably compromised by changing variables.”

addtogoodreads

Reading Order and Links

the album the ballad album

Connect with Ashley

Facebook | Twitter

✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦

Follow VBB: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Subscribe by Email

Subscribe for Updates:

Share This Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

On Facebook

SuperWebTricks Loading...

On Twitter

Omggg you guys! TGIF! It’s been a long a** week and even today was nutty and busy. I’m packing for my trip to Phoenix to attend beaulitfulcon (who’s going??? 🙋🏻‍♀️) and am so excited. I get… https://t.co/PAsRbLvnwP

What are your most anticipated books the first half of 2019??? There are so many I’m looking forward to and it’s been hard to keep up with what I have planned for myself. This week I’m… https://t.co/NdlrgPuPye

Getting my #ValentinesDay vibes on with this super cute beanie and coffee cozy my mom made for me! #perks Check out her goodies at @vilmaknits <3 I think she probably gets tired of everything I want her to make... https://t.co/YwFv5fGabH

Getting my #ValentinesDay vibes on with this super cute beanie and coffee cozy my mom made for me! #perks Check out her goodies at vilmaknits <3 I think she probably gets tired of… https://t.co/ia8nLx0c9B

If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous' The Au Pair would be it.
Has anyone read this book by @EJRous? I finished it this past weekend and feel like that… https://t.co/RHxxPAduo0

𝑬𝑵𝑫𝑺 𝑨𝑻 𝑴𝑰𝑫𝑵𝑰𝑮𝑯𝑻!!! Have you entered to win 1 of 1,000 ARCs of THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW by @tgarvisgraves?! Today is the last day to enter! Tag your friends and book club members below,… https://t.co/77071zVGZP

Author @kbuttonw shares her favorite Lowcountry books! https://t.co/Oe6UMoVWpb

I can't wait to start 𝗪𝗛𝗘𝗡 𝗔𝗦𝗛𝗘𝗦 𝗙𝗔𝗟𝗟 by marnimann! Have any of you read this love story early or are you planning to read it??? It’s out tomorrow, but so excited to share a sneak peek… https://t.co/djT4O9IvCK

Read an excerpt from Dragon Claimed by @Donna_Grant! @1001DarkNights https://t.co/WqXP4jj4Fu

Read an excerpt from When Ashes Fall by @MarniMann! https://t.co/tCCLb4beOt

Exclusive Cover Reveal: #Mine by @Court_Writes! @SimonBooks - a raw & riveting story of a collapsing marriage. https://t.co/JHXo1DFoIs

My Most Anticipated Books of Early 2019! See the list! https://t.co/9HxPBV60hf

Finally had the chance to meet the fabulous @blackholly at BookPeople and I’m as obsessed with her as I am with her books. She’s super cool and kind! 🖤 It took everything for me not to talk about all the things... https://t.co/5ofEi3Mq5u

Finally had the chance to meet the fabulous @hollyblack at @bookpeople and I’m as obsessed with her as I am with her books. She’s super cool and kind! 🖤 It took everything for me not to… https://t.co/SSOygF7ivi

It's the BIGGEST GIVEAWAY I've ever done! 😲 - https://t.co/sEhfjWf2hE

See the cover reveal for #After by my girl @imaginator1d!!! I love love love it!!! #Hessa https://t.co/OKearR23HI

Look at the new movie tie-in cover of 𝗔 𝗙 𝗧 𝗘 𝗥 by my girl @imaginator1dx!!! I lovvvve it!!! What do you think?! This new cover celebrates the upcoming movie (April) starring @FT_Hero97… https://t.co/68408lKBrs

Who else is reading this right now??? It’s so darn good and so freaking hard not being able to ignore the world to just immerse myself in this book!!!! I mean, gahhhh, hello tension with… https://t.co/J7u4zwaTTA

Oh my gosh! SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney is being made into a TV show and I cannot wait! 😱@sarahmgellar will star and executive produce. Loved this book so much—about a woman who wakes… https://t.co/ngfPiI5KlV

Do you have any resolutions or goals for your skin this year? 🧖🏻‍♀️ For me, it’s continuing to be consistent with my regimen, not skipping washing my face and using my products even when… https://t.co/ype0hloeS0

Load More...