“Now, people today have turned evangelical into a dirty word, something political, but at the root of it is a deeper love than a lot of folks will ever know.”Dawnie Walton, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev
Title: The Final Revival of Opal & Nev
Author: Dawnie Walton
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
Published: March 30th, 2021
My Rating: ★★★½
Read: 6/4/2023 – 6/5/2023
I was drawn to this book because of the similarities to Daisy Jones & The Six. While the setup is the same and it’s set in a similar era, the story is much different.
The book is an interview with Opal and Nev (and others) for an upcoming book on their lives and time on stage. The interviews alternate all while telling a continuous story.
I was much more interested in Opal and Pearl’s childhood/upbringing story than I was with the rest of the book which surprised me given how much I loved the music scene in Daisy Jones & The Six. Fewer characters certainly made it easier to follow for which I was appreciative. I found this the more powerful story of the two books, and yet, it just hasn’t stuck with me outside of a few annotations. I suppose a large part of that could be how much time I spent comparing the book rather than reading it as its own. That one’s on me.
Likes & Dislikes:
What I liked:
- The interview style.
- The story had more heart at its core and focused less on the wildness of the era.
- Fantastic quotes.
What I didn’t like:
- I can’t figure a reason why but it didn’t hold my attention past the beginning.
Nothing to do with the book really, but the ease of this writing style made for a perfect road trip read!