Just Kids by Patti Smith
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This is now hands down one of my favorite books ever. ‘Just Kids’ is a love letter from Patti Smith to her best friend Robert Maplethorpe. It chronicles their life together as artists and best friends in New York throughout the 60s and 70s. Their story is about coming into adulthood and finding ur way as an artist, but it is also about friendship, love, youth, music, and meaningful relationships.
I don’t usually love memoirs, but i absolutely fell in love with their story and Patti’s way of telling it. I was engrossed in their adventures, but above all, i loved how easily they clicked despite their different identities.
The fact that they were able to find comfort in the presence of one another was beautifully captured. You really get the sense that they were their truest selves when they were with each other.
This is a beautiful story of soulmates and tragedy. If you like poetry, rock and roll, or if you enjoyed Daisy Jones & The Six, please please please do yourself a favor and read this book! 12/10
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