Book review – The Only Pirate at the Party (Spoiler Free)

“I make art for the sake of art . . . and for my own selfish gratification, because I’m an artistic monster.”
― Lindsey StirlingThe Only Pirate at the Party


  • Title: The Only Pirate at the Party
  • Author: Lindsey Stirling
  • Genre: Non-fiction
  • Pages: 254
  • Publication date: January 12th, 2016
  • Publisher: Gallery Books

It has been a while since I read The Only Pirate at the Party, but as I flip back through the pages, I’m reminded of why I enjoyed reading this book so much. For me, I’ve never been a big fan of reading non-fiction even though I do write some non-fiction. Either way, this book is one of the best non-fiction pieces I’ve read. It doesn’t have this warrior story or this overall moral. It’s about life and it’s as open as a book can be.

After page 143, the book can dull down a bit for some. A handful of people in the world are either not interested or unwilling to understand a famous person’s life. It is what it is. After that page, everything is about Lindsey’s great and terrible experiences while being in the starlight. Some people could find that annoying, but I found it interesting. Perhaps it’s entertaining to me because I fantasize too much about being in the starlight as a famous writer, but then I remember paparazzi exist and kill that thought right then and there.

The major thing that may be hard to follow is the fact there’s no major plot. Before opening the book, you know Lindsey Stirling has made it. She’s famous. She’s all over YouTube with almost two billion views. She has multiple awards for the music she’s created. You know, no matter what happens, this book will have a happy ending. There’s nothing driving the reader to keep reading, to keep wanting more unless the reader is already curious.

Besides that, there’s nothing major to critique about this book. I like how informal the writing was. She’s open and down-to-earth about her whole life. I can connect with Lindsey more because of it. She admits her faults (even her eating disorder) in a truthful way. She never glosses over anything. However, if you or someone you know suffers from an eating disorder, this can be your minor trigger warning. She’s honest with everything about the disorder, so it’s not as bad as other books that I’ve read. However, you can skip that one chapter and still understand the story.

The chapters are short and filled with some pictures, so it’s a quick easy read with a good pace. If you want a book that lets you connect with a stranger and understand life a bit more, this is the book for you. (If you’re a Lindsey Stirling fan by default, you may love this book a bit too much.)

Score: 9.1/10

Average rating on Goodreads: 4.2/5

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