I am drawn to memoirs and autobiographies, especially by artists and musicians but "Just Kids" is by far the best I've read. I didn't know much about the punk rock poet Patti Smith before reading this, I'd heard that song she co-wrote with Bruce Springsteen, but I discovered that she is a brilliant writer. Her poetic style grabbed my attention and I hung on every sentence. Smith creates captivating imagery of her years spent in New York struggling to live a free life and her close relationship with fellow artist Robert Mapplethorpe. This book gives us a glimpse into the 1970's alternative art scene in New York including the infamous Chelsea Hotel. Regular characters throughout her stories included idols such as Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison.
I was surprisingly moved by this memoir. Both by the devotion in her relationship with Robert as well as her spiritual view on life. I am sure that absolutely anyone would enjoy this book.