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.”


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

As I flip through the pages of The Only Pirate at the Party, I’m reminded of why I liked this book so much. For me, I’ve never been a big fan of 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 a huge 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 though. Some people are not interested in understanding a famous person’s life. It is what it is. After that, everything is about Lindsey’s experiences while being in the starlight. Some people could find that annoying, but I found it interesting.

The major issue is that it may be hard to follow since 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 many awards for the music she has created. You know, no matter what happens, this book will have a happy ending. There’s nothing driving the reader to keep reading besides general curiosity.

Besides that, there’s nothing major to critique about this book. I like how informal the writing was. Lindsey’s open and down-to-earth about her whole life. I can connect with her more because of it. She admits her faults and never glosses over anything. rYou can skip that one chapter that mentions the disorder and still understand the story.

The chapters are short and filled with some pictures, so it’s an 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.

Score: 9/10
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.2/5

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