Book Review: Goodbye Freddie Mercury

As the new year approaches, I thought it would be best to sew together the loose ends of my life, including my blog which i’ve been neglecting for too long thanks to other social media platforms where posting is easy. So here I am, wrapping up all my reads one by one and making a promise to myself to be more dedicated towards one thing that I love the most in my life.

So let’s talk about preconceived notions. I am sure all of us has many of them about places, people and our sometimes our close ones too. One of the preconceived notion that I had was regarding my neighbouring country’s culture, Pakistan. When I thought about it’s high end society, I always imagined an elegant and sophisticated crowd, discussing poets and politics over wine, wearing chic classy suits and having that “Adab”.

But when I read Nadia Akbar’s Goodbye Freddie Mercury, all my preconceived notions were shattered. She introduced me to a different set of the society, the inner workings of Lahore.

The story of Goodbye Freddie Mercury revolves around Nadia, who is an Economics student and Bugsy, who is an RJ. Both are unreliable narrators to that 1% extravagant population of Lahore. The thin lines of sexual consent and cocaine, the politics that has now seeped into the bones of people, the upcoming self proclaimed leaders who plan to remove corruption; this books is heady read into Lahore and its inner workings.

For me, Goodbye Freddie Mercury was a decent read. For someone who was reading about Pakistan’s culture and society, I place this Goodbye Freddie Mercury as a unique read. I really loved Nadia, her attitude, her life goals really blew me away except for some of her foolish choices that made feel like tagging her as another dumb chick character. But she turned out to be brilliant as the story progressed.

Apart from that, the language of Goodbye Freddie Mercury is easy to read and grasp but the storyline was a bit of a disappointment for me. It started off as a really interesting read but as and when it progressed, it somehow lost its charm. I am still not sure whether it was the plot of the story or others characters, but there were definitely some areas where I felt like taking a break from reading the book. Goodbye Freddie Mercury could’ve done better with maybe 100 pages less or so.

All in all, a decent read with 3*/5. (Verdict: Pick up to explore a new side of Lahore)


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