Review: The Unraveling on Cassidy Holmes by Elissa R. Sloan

Cassidy Holmes was “Sassy Gloss”, the fourth member of one of the hottest pop groups in America. Gloss was the pop act that everyone wanted to be. Fans couldn’t get enough of them, their music, and even the drama that followed them. Then the group imploded in 2002, at the height of their fame. Cassidy was apparently to blame. Now Cassidy is dead by suicide.

The world is shocked as are her former bandmates. Rose, Merry, and Yumi, the three other members of Gloss, each had a special bond with Cassidy. However, after the band’s separation, no one really spoke to Cassidy. She had closed herself off from the entertainment industry and everything that made her “Sassy Gloss”. Now after years apart, her former bandmates are wondering if there was something they could have done.


The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes discusses several sensitive topics. Such topics discussed include: suicide, physical assault, rape, eating disorders, stalking and harassment, implied drug use, and implied grooming of a minor. If any of these topics make you uncomfortable or upset, I don’t recommend this book for you.

This was my Book of the Month selection for August. I overall really enjoyed this book, it took me a little longer to get through mainly because of the heavy topics involved. I liked that it was an honest look at what these girls would have gone through in the entertainment industry. We jump back and forth in time. Cassidy narrates the past, about the rise and fall of Gloss, while Yumi, Merry, and Rose narrate the present. I think the way that the book tackles mental health is incredibly well done.

It is not an easy read at all due to the topics discussed, but I think if you are comfortable reading about them you should definitely check out The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes.

RATING: 8/10

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