Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts
My Memoirs of David Reilly

In Brian Paone's first novel, he chronicles the trials and tribulations of befriending a modern-day rock star. As a die-hard fan of the rock band God Lives Underwater, Brian wins the trust of lead singer David Reilly. This honor comes with its own set of extreme personal highs and devastating shared lows.

During their tumultuous friendship, David fights an extreme battle with drug abuse and depression. Pile on top of all this the throes of a cutthroat music industry and the realization of one’s own mortality.

Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts is a novel that convinces the heart of every reader that perhaps dreams are never really finished. Instead, they are passed on from one friend to the next.

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Customer Reviews

Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts is a superb, eye-opening and thought-provoking read that will be perfect for readers who adore biographies, personal memoirs of experiences and readers who are obsessed with music and most importantly, musicians/singers. Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts is a memoir/biography written by the wonderfully talented Brian Paone. Paone is a newly discovered author of mine but now that I have finished reading Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts and read the previews of his other books, I am gutted I have not discovered his work sooner! Not only is Paone a versatile writer who can jump from one genre to the next, but he is also an incredibly talented one who knows how to captivate his readers. I am so excited to be sharing this book with you today because I believe that all readers, even those that do not typically read memoirs will adore the book and be able to appreciate its greatness.
Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts is a book that is hard to define because it is a part biography and a part memoir. The memoir part of the story is because Brian Paone is the one who tells his story but his story is about a singer called David Reilly. That is why the book is part biography because Paone narrated the story of Reilly’s life and his own experiences with him, so it really is a genuinely brilliant blend of the two similar genres. Growing up Paone has been a – what he would describe – a ‘die hard’ fan of the rock band God Lives Underwater. Paone would attend a concert one day of the band, and when he did he was lucky enough to meet the lead singer David Reilly and when they did they soon become friends. Paone and Reilly would quickly become great friends and when they did Paone was granted exclusive access to his life, and they soon shared everything with each other and even vacation together. However, Reilly was sadly a drug user and Paone experiences these issues he struggled with on occasion but he was always there for him. Reilly sadly passed away in 2005 due to complications from a terrible tooth infection, and so Paone has decided to write this book in tribute to him and their time together and this book lovers is the premise of the exceptional Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts.
The story of Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts is sensational because it takes readers on an exclusive look into the lifestyle of accompanying a singer as well as what it is like to go from being a fan to one of the closest friends of the star of the band. It is very rare that readers get to read of such experiences, so that is why Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts is such a unique and special book; one that every reader should have the pleasure of reading.
Brian Paone is an incredible author, and he perfectly narrates the story of his life from the point of the first concert. The journey the reader is taken on is exceptional, sometimes harrowing but mostly entertaining. The book does of course deal with some poignant themes and death and drugs are also explored, but the book is entertaining thanks to Paone’s incredible narration and his splendid literature that will keep readers turning the pages with haste… I know I did!
As Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts is an incredible, special and touching dedication to an astonishing singer that is entertaining as well as poignant I, of course, have to award the exceptional story five stars! So please, if you are looking to learn more about David Reilly or the lifestyle or read a brilliant memoir/biography, then Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts is for you!
— the Red-Headed Book Lover
I can honestly say I have never actually picked up a book before, and read it in four hours. But this book has done it. I spent hours reading and just getting more and more interested in the amazing story. I can honestly say this is one of my favorite books and I would recommend it to anyone, who is a fan of friendship worries, or someone who just wants a great read.
I loved this book. Your narrative is so terse and brave; I couldn’t help but appreciate its honesty. Life is made up of small and peculiar moments that puzzle together perfectly, and you achieved that. This is my favorite book of the year. This is an engaging story about a friendship that could have just easily never transpired. Goosebumps, laughter, sadness... despite its very personal feel... it was epic in its courage, detail, and love. Congratulations on a tremendous first book.
This is a book I could not put down. As someone who has friends in the music industry, I can tell you that from the fan’s perspective, Brian’s book is as close to the ‘real thing’ as you’re going to get. Far past where you are a fan and become a friend, the music part almost becomes secondary to the person producing it. Brian’s book is a MUST HAVE for not only [music] fans but also the process a fan only dreams about - from becoming a fan to becoming truly part of that musicians’ life.
You get to see the human side of [a] rockstar...
Dreams are Unfinished Thoughts, is a powerful and thoughtful collection of vivid memories detailing every moment of a life changing friendship. The range and intensity of the memories, from silly to mournful, keep the reader fully ensconced in the story until the very end. It is a compelling story definitely worth reading.
This is probably one of the most touching stories between two men that I have read in a long time...
What a wonderful behind-the-scenes memoir about David Reilly, yet such a bittersweet tale. After getting clean more than once, his label going bankrupt, losing Seven, dealing with all the other downsides to the music industry and life, to have David die from his ulcer seems so unfair. But I think you have one line that sums everything up so well: “Even knowing how this ended, I would do it all again. I would never trade all those hours and days we spent together even if I knew you [David] were leaving and going home to Heaven.” Such is our human condition. And I loved all the goose-bump moments when David communicated with his family and friends after his death. Such a sad loss to endure. And he was only thirty-four. Best wishes with your book.