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Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy Releases ‘Gray’ Novel

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It’s no secret that Pete Wentz has a penchant for writing, whether it be songs, novels, what have you. The Fall Out Boy bassist and songwriter has released a new novel ‘Gray’ that hit bookstores yesterday (Feb. 19).

This is Wentz’s second book, though it’s been a long time coming. He published ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side,’ a story based on nightmares he had when he was a kid, back in 2004.  Originally this work was to be titled ‘Rainy Day Kids,’ (not to mention about 50 pages shorter) but Wentz announced the title ‘Gray’ in December. So what is the novel about? Judging from the description on Amazon, it seems a wee-bit autobiographical:

Imagine you are on a tour bus, the miles whistling away beneath you as you sleep. Tomorrow you will wake up in downtown Somewhere. It doesn’t matter. All the skylines look the same. Time is only marked by events. The world is on a first-name basis with you.
But you … you barely even know yourself. There are those who give in completely to the idea of what it means to be famous. And those who can’t ever seem to leave the past behind. Life is a deep and contemplative story stuck on repeat — love, loss, self-destruction, self-discovery.

If you could go back to the way things were before you made it … would everything still be gray?

Dang, you just got all deep on us, Wentz! Fans can also read an excerpt of ‘Gray’ on MTV’s website.

To FOB hardcore fans, this novel is no surprise. Back in 2006, Wentz told The Independent, “My inspiration and my ideas don’t begin and end at the beginning and the ending of a song. It is too limiting.”  This isn’t Wentz’s first book, and judging from his comments, it certainly won’t be his last. And if his career as an author fails, he always has that whole music career he can fall back on.

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