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Paint It Black by Jake Rivers

Author's Description:
This story is my take on what the words for the Rolling Stones great song might mean. Sad and dark at the beginning but bright and sunny at the end. Follow Jim as he deals with his loss and gives up on love.
Size: 30 KB ( ~ 5,689 words)
Genre: Drama
Sex Contents: No Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Romantic, Tear Jerker, Slow

Review by rvbuilder   [other reviews by rvbuilder]

Reviewed: 2017-12-08 - (Review Updated: 2017-12-10)


As a baby boomer, I grew up with some great tunes, and "Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones was right up there at the top of the list for me. I wasn't a deep thinker, so I never really wondered exactly WHAT it was they were singing about; I just enjoyed the song.

Jake Rivers has written a story that fits the lyrics of that song, and as far as I'm concerned, it is a good enough explanation of what the 'Stones were singing about back in the day.

Jim, the protagonist in the story, suffers a horrible loss and it causes him to drop out from the human race for a while. Over time he recovers somewhat, then begins to live again.

This would be a good story even if Mr. Rivers had not woven the song into it, but in so doing he turned it into a great story. It is another one that lives in my permanent collection.

Plot: 9 | Technical Quality: 9 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10