Now's the time to write a young-adult novel. The genre not only dominates bookstore shelves, but the box office (we don't need to tell you about the success of The Fault in Our Stars, or The Hunger Games, or Divergent, or the million others). Then, of course, there's the world within YA dedicated to pop culture...a woman has literally made a career out of writing Harry Styles fan fiction, landing a book deal and a movie contract.
So what's the next step? Nostalgia, obviously. English professor Lynn Crosbie's new novel, Where Did You Sleep Last Night? follows the tale of teen loner Evelyn Gray and her love affair with Celine Black, a man who turns out to be...the reincarnated Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. THIS IS HAPPENING.
Apparently this book's not alone in the premise department. Crosbie told Noisey in an exclusive interview:
"I mean, have I gotten away with it? That’s the thing, I don’t know. It’s not out yet. I was going to write a cool young adult novel about a suicidal girl who loves Kurt, but there was was already a young adult novel set in Portland where Eddie Vedder shows up as a kind of Buddhist God figure. I’d already thought about heroin and fucking by the third page, so it was already warped. Because I’m also a professor, I’ve been teaching creative writing for years, and I’ve always said that the bravest thing you can do is be sincere instead of cynical and sarcastic. I vowed to actually be sincere. This is how that kind of young, agonic, addict love is. So, I’m just going to write [the book], and probably get busted, and get criticized for being corny."
Read the full interview here. And read the book immediately, obviously.