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Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould, a book review

When you think of coming of age stories, you often think about kids transitioning into adulthood, but I think the phrase could be used to describe many transitional phases of life...like moving into and through the season of early motherhood. So, in that regard, here’s my review of Perfect Tunes, a mother’s coming of age story set in the backdrop of NYC’s East Village with a banging soundtrack (available on Spotify). 




I was so intrigued by the concept of this book. The synopsis covered so many aspects of my own life, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. 


It tells the story of a young woman, with big dreams and aspirations, who unexpectedly becomes a mom and experiences a dramatic shift in reality. Gould perfectly navigates the backseat that mothers can take to the new life they have created in their children and unabashedly takes a look at what unexpected pregnancies can do to the psyche of a parent. Not to mention, the impact of that experience on the relationship between parents and their children. 


Set to a carefully curated list of songs, I found that to be another wholly relatable facet of the story. I know that I have a soundtrack to my own life, many of the songs being angsty 90s-00s grunge/post grunge tunes like the ones highlight in and for this book. 


With ups and downs and unpredictable turns, this was a fast read, an immersive story, with big emotion and a simultaneously heavy and inspiring heart. 10/10 would recommend.


About The Author


Brittney Chamberlain

Paper&Cork

Avid reader, apprentice historian. 


Follow her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/paperandcork.

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