Reviewed by Joanne Reynolds

Courtney Love seems to be a very intelligent, drugged-out train-wreck. Maer Roshan, founder and editor-in-chief of The Fix, spent about a year with Courtney. In his book, Courtney Comes Clean, Roshan describes her various paranoid behaviors relating to finances, reputation, etc. Courtney Love has been an addict since about the age of 15 and has tried to rehabilitate herself over and over again.

While rehab does work for some people, I don’t get the sense that this will be the story for Courtney. She really appears to be a tragic figure that people will have a tendency to just dish dirt about, as she leaves that door wide open. People just love to read dirt about someone who is so famous, especially if the fame is not flattering.

All of the theories that she is using her marriage and the subsequent suicide of her husband, Kurt Cobain, as the fuel for her celebrity doesn’t really come across in this book. Courtney doesn’t discuss Kurt too much in this particular venture. Her thoughts about people ripping her off of millions of dollars because of her trusting nature and her drug-addled states becomes inherently prevalent throughout the book.

I have to be honest about my non-knowledge of Courtney Love’s music. I have never really heard her art and really only know about the woman through the gossip that I’ve read in magazines.

Courtney Comes Clean doesn’t really get into a whole lot of personal details and there is much supposition on Maer Roshan’s part about her posings. I feel that a lot more research could have been done to either justify Courtney’s proclamations or disprove them. I did not walk away with much more knowledge about the woman that I walked in with. It just wasn’t as detailed a story as it probably could have been, given the time that the author spent with the woman.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Joanne has always been an avid reader and loves the ability to lose herself in someone else’s life for the time that it takes to read about it. She has a huge admiration for authors and the worlds that they create for us. She enjoys reading to her granddaughters and hopes that they take up the love of reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by FSB Associates. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.