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High Fidelity - we probably all saw the movie a decade or two ago and enjoyed it, so is there really any point to reading the book now? Well, to put it briefly, yes. I don't know about you but by the time I got around to reading this last week I'd completely forgotten the storyline from the movie and could only vaguely remember it having John Cusack in it and the rest is mostly combined in my memory with Empire Records, that film with Liv Tyler. So reading the book felt both like a new experience and something vaguely familiar as I raced through it.
Be warned this is a very light, easy read. It's great for young adults or for older adults looking for some entertaining travel reading or something that won't be too taxing before you drop off to sleep. The writing is amusing and witty enough to be engaging without being so full of zing that you're hanging off every word. Drowsy skipping of a line or two is therefore not a problem. Also, nothing much really happens plot-wise in this book so if your attention wanders for a minute or you do that trick of falling asleep with your eyes still open and skimming the page it won't really matter.
That being said the novel does touch on a lot of issues that are close to the hearts of all post-modern twenty, thirty and forty somethings - namely love (and more precisely a lack of it), disappointment, loneliness, friendship (ditto, lack), and a feeling of general emptiness and uncertainty. It is a credit to Nick Hornby's unrelenting flippance that he can write a whole book about such topics and it not be depressing as hell to read. Rather the opposite in fact. For the most part it's really very funny or at least mildly humorous, and manages to get through the whole rather vapid story without giving you the feeling it's vapid.
Does my review sound mixed? I guess it is. I enjoyed reading the book, while I was reading it and never considered putting it aside, but I will probably remember it only vaguely as being rather as empty and pseudo-deep/pseudo-superficial as its protagonist.
High Felity is Hornby's best novel in my opinion. It had me laughing from the very beginning. Even if you have already seen the film, I highly recommend to book anyway, it's hilarious.
Rob is a recently single record store owner. Laura has left him... which leads him to introduce us to his main way of dealing with the world... Top 5 lists. He begins with his all time top 5 break up list... an Laura isn't on it. But really she is. She is the reason for the list.
Rob is an excellent narrator and Hornby employs a very easy conversational style which makes the reader really identify with Rob. You really begin to relate to him, most of the time it feels like he is in some way sharing personal secrets with you. This makes for a very easy to read and enjoyable novel.
If you find that you perhaps judge people based upon their music/movie preferences then you will certainly see a little of yourself in Rob, I know I did! There are countless pop culture references which tend to keep you interested.
It's a light, easy read which is good fun and will no doubt have you making up top five lists of your own. This is definately in my top 10 book list.
I originally picked up 'High Fidelity' because I had heard quite a lot about it, and also about the author, Nick Hornby. Seeing as it was costing me nothing but time to read (rented it from local library) I was curious to see what it was all about.
Nick Hornby is a British author, born 1957 and has also written 'About A Boy', which is another of his famous fictional works, and 'How to be Good'. I have never read anything written by him before so I was not sure what to expect, but was looking forward to reading it as it's a well known title by a well known author thereby making it an appealing read.
On the front cover of the book it quotes Tony Parsons of the Daily Telegraph "Made me laugh out loud more than any book I can remember" - this in itself made me look forward to reading this book as it made me feel that it would be an entertaining read.
The story focuses essentially on Rob, a thirty-something guy living in London who owns his own record shop. He is generally quite displeased with the way his life has turned out: he doesn't feel he has any real ambitions in life - work, or love-wise. He's just sort of plodding along with the day-to-day routine of things, and not really going anywhere. His recent split from girlfriend Laura has depressed him a little and it makes him reflect on how past break-ups with other ex-girlfriends have helped in shaping his rather unsatisfactory life.
The book is written in the 'first-person' style, so that we are seeing, and feeling through Rob's eyes.
I think that overall this book was enjoyable to read. The promise that it would make me laugh out loud, was somewhat fulfilled as I did, on one or two occasions, hear the sound of my own laughter whilst reading some rather amusing parts of this book.
I didn't take to this book right from the start. I probably only really started to enjoy it around half-way in. That might partly be down to my own expectations however as I had heard so much about this title I was probably expecting a complete masterpiece right from the word 'go'. What I feel I got instead was a modern account of a single man's life in London, and his analysis of why his life is the way that it is.
Now I do say 'modern' but it's important to remember that this book was actually written in 1995, making it nearly 15 years old to date. That means that many bits in the book did seem a bit outdated: for example the digital advent of music hadn't occurred yet and there is a lot of talk about cassette tapes, or there is no mention of calls being made on mobile phones for example. There are definitely small details which would be different had 'High Fidelity' been written in 2009, but as long as you remember that the book was written over a decade ago, it really is not a problem.
At times I found the book a little bit annoying. Probably why I didn't like it much from the beginning. Like I said, the main character, Rob, owns a record shop - he is therefore, very knowledgeable when it comes to all things musical and has rather strong opinions regarding what he likes and doesn't like. That's fine, but what I found annoying was the way that music seemed to shape Rob's life. He had a tune to define almost every moment that meant anything to his life, and relationships between songs and moments kept being referred to again and again. Now, I do like music myself, and I do understand that sometimes a song can have quite a lot of significance and the power to take you back to a particular moment in time. But this is used constantly throughout this book, and some of the songs I wasn't overly familiar with, so I just thought it was a bit too much really to be mentioning a song title and artist on almost every other page.
The conclusion to the story was quite good, I felt it was realistic and well thought out. By the end of the book I had quite gotten to like Rob as Nick Hornby does what I would say is a good job of getting us to really know his main character. I should also say that I think the writing style helped too - it was easy to read and flowed really well throughout.
All in all, this was a fun read.
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Having read About A Boy recently I thought I would give High Fidelity a go. Hornby's books are very light reading and easily accessible, by that I mean there aren't complicated plotlines or strange character names that you have to try and remember as the story goes along.
It probably didn't help having watched the Americanised film version of the book before reading this, as the novel has a very British feel to it - with references to Eastenders and the like. It was difficult to picture Barry for instance without thinking of Jack Black.
The book is told in the first person by Rob, a thirtysomething record shop owner and tells the story of his complicated love life. He really is a shallow as they come and pretty nasty. You have trouble empathising with him over the decision he has made and the way he treats women. As the entire book is told through his eyes, it is difficult to feel any compassion for him at all.
It's well written and enjoyable nonetheless, full of music in-jokes for those in the know and describes North London life very well. It's a slow methodically paced book, where nothing much really happens, but is interesting all the same.
I will not dignify this book with a lengthy review. Basically, Nick Hornby is a smug, lazy author (and almost solely responsible for 'bloke-lit'....eughhhh) whose books exist solely to demonstrate that NICK HORNBY UNDERSTANDS MALE NEUROSES AND HAS A LARGE AND VARIED MUSIC COLLECTION.
His characters are contrived and thoroughly unlikeable, his plot is as uneventful as most people's lives (this is not 'earthy' or 'realist', just bloody boring), and his entire literary career seems geared to earn him a safe spot as a talking head on all things music in the broadsheets. For further evidence, see '31 songs'/any Guardian weekend supplements.
The plot of this book centres around, 'Rob', who works in an independent record shop.........you don't really need to know any more, except that he suffers from a nice middle-class attendant angst and feels wronged by people in the past. And he likes music.
You can almost see Nick Hornby and Tony Parsons squabbling:
"No, I understand the trouble with being a reasonably affluent, self-proclaimed 'bloke' who isn't entirely satisfied!!"
"No, I do!"
"Yeah, but I liked punk...the first time around!!"
"So did I, I took speed with John Lydon, you know,"
"Yes, but have you written a book about the bittersweet joys of being a modern father?"
"Yes, I have actually, and I like football,"
"Ah, so do I! I like music too....all sorts of music!!"
Hornby seems to have an eye on the money throughout this book. Characters are plucked from the 'Idiot's guide to pant-scrapingly ordinary people', you will feel intially patronised and eventually just bored by his distant, 'quirky' style of writing.
The poor guy is stuck in the middle: some authors have enough depth of style to encourage the reader to form their own judgements; Hornby has ascribed the the Ben Elton, bash-people-over-the-head-with-your-opinion school of writing, but whereas Elton is frequently funny and even thought-provoking, Hornby is dull and repetitive - you will hate his characters in the way you hate Nazi foot-soldiers: they're probably ok guys forced into it, but still unforgiveably part of a massive travesty.
I am not a middle-aged man nor middle-class, so maybe the whole thing's lost on me; but I am not stupid, nor poorly read. His books (the two I've endured) are an insult to people who genuinely love reading, in the way Westlife are an insult to people who love music: good to rave about, not really worth any in-depth criticism.
I'm not a book worm. I only read books if my girlfriend makes me. This is another one of her handouts. I enjoyed it enough to write about it here , and of course recommend it to you all. Here we go??? ?High Fidelity? is a novel about a male character named Rob Fleming. He is a thirty-something male with a flagging career as well as a crap love life. He tells the story about his life, recounting experiences from his younger days to the present day. His story deals with questions asked by everybody about the meaning of life. The book is therefore very true to life and the character easy to relate to for male as well as female readers. A major issue covered in this book is the social and cultural values. The book concentrates on one character and his life. A man who just wants to be happy. I find that he represents British people, and our society in the 21st Century. He has few friends, he is unsuccessful with women and he spends most of his life at work, in a job he doesn?t enjoy, or in the pub(just like me). This proves to be a good read, because it is the way a lot of people live, and therefore can relate to. ?High Fidelity? captures the feelings of loneliness and pointlessness that consume many people?s lives today. The book is very enjoyable and thought provoking at some points, I found it especially fascinating, because Rob is presented as the male equivalent to Bridget Jones. This makes it different from a lot of books in the same genre, because it is written by a male author, and told by a male lead character. The fact that the book is told in first person narrative helps the reader to feel more involved with Rob. The first part of the book is an analysis of Rob?s previous girlfriends, and why the relationships failed miserably. He?s feeling sorry for himself because his most recent girlfriend, Laura, has just left him. The rest of the book describes how Rob copes ? or how he doesn?t ? without h
er. Rob?s personality appears to be that of a lost young boy, who hasn?t matured yet. He is quite self-absorbed and when he talks to other people ? especially his workmates, Barry and Dick, he seems quite rude, and not really a very nice person ? though he thinks he is. Music plays a huge part in Rob?s life, and he works in a record shop called ?Championship Vinyl?. He uses music to recover from times of emotional stress, and thinks he can replace relationships with it. Exactly what I do! (oh yes and alcohol) The main themes throughout the novel are purpose in life, loneliness, relationships, commitment, love and adulthood. It is easy for most people to relate to all of these issues, and this makes the book all the more appealing. By the end of the book, Rob has greater understanding of what is important in life, and becomes more mature and self-aware as a result. The woman in his life, Laura, is the reason behind this. I found the book relatively easy to read, as there was not a great deal of complicated language. However, at times, the text was confusing, because there was a lot of speech between characters, and it was easy to lose track of who was talking. Despite this, I got through it quickly, and found it straightforward and amusing. The style is often ironic, and the use of dry wit makes it even more humorous. The insight Nick Hornby gives on the male psyche is priceless, and I feel he has captured the truth of our society in ?High Fidelity?. Highly recommended. Cheers.
Welcome to the world of Nick Hornby , a world in which men are in a permanent state of arrested development, trapped by their childish addictions as the rest of the world apparently leaves them by. A world full of middle class guilt and angst, where the failure to achieve respectability and a 'normal' life are paramount to the tale being told. Welcome to the world of the most insidious and painful book I've read in a long time. Hornby basically is a one story man, just like Steven King. Where as King's novels always deal with a writer becoming involved in the centre of some supernatural occurrence, Hornby's are centred around a thirty something man going through a crisis of having to deal with the real world. With Fever Pitch the focus was the world of Arsenal and football, with High Fidelity it's the world of music and a independently run record store. However at the heart of both stories is the misadventures of a man to deal with emotional relationships to his girlfriend(s) and those around him. High Fidelity begins with Rob the main character/ narrator wallowing through a list of previous girlfriends. If Hornby was trying to create a sympathetic relationship between the reader and Rob, he fails immediately. Instead of feeling sorry for Rob, I just felt loathing for a character that is instantly dislikeable because of his backwards looking and negative nature. As Hornby tries to build the character more by introducing the music store and his colleagues and so called friends, my despair just increased. The problem is that Rob, is so immensely pathetic and anally retentive about everything in his even the twitching pathos you initially feel for his dull existence vanishes in a puff of smoke. The thing is instead of creating a character that is tragically repressed and depressed all Hornby creates a character in Rob who is John Major grey in his persona. He's a loser, his male friends are losers and Hornby fail
s to make you care one iota about them. The next big problem with High Fidelity is that the underlying story is a dull cliché no matter how much Hornby tries to dress it up with 'cool' cultural references. No matter how many iconic gestures to the Q reader friendly music that Hornby drops into High Fidelity he can't hide the fact that it really is an unispiringly simple love story. A classic tale of man loses women, gets depressed and wallows, eventually gets back with said women followed by the obliquatory happy ending. If the work of Will Self is the cauterised veins of the interchanges of the M25 then Hornby work is the straight line driving of the M40. An unchallenging journey through uninteresting landscape. Why Hornby's novels are so popular is beyond me after reading High Fidelity. Sure he can write in a clear and well manicured style, but there is no real passion or invention in his writing. Maybe I don't attach myself to the whole middle class guilt trip that Hornby seems to champion. All I see is someone writing a book about an uninteresting life and selling it to and audience who live the same uninteresting and uneventful lives. High Fidelity in a list of dreary reading would be number five in a list of books, where the first four are instruction manuals for Ikea furniture. In a list of dull music related writings, it would be up there with the collected thoughts of Atomic Kitten and Savage Garden.
Those who have read it will know why I chose the title. Provided that they have a decent record collection of course. Its a song title by Elvis Costello - duh!! I've just finished re-reading High Fidelity for about the eighth time. It took me less than 12 hours. Its simply that good. I refuse to see the film as I firmly believe that it will spoil things for me - most films do tend to - although I do hear that its a really good film so if you can't be bothered reading then rent the video! Rob Fleming owns a struggling record shop called Championship Vinyl. Together with his employees Dick and Barry, he lives the lifestyle of an unhappy, nay sad, single man (particularly now that his long suffering girlfriend Laura has left him). This is the backdrop to the story that unfolds regarding why Laura left, how Rob has been hurt before and his attitudes to relationships in general. Hornby, perhaps most famous for his genre breaking work 'Fever Pitch' which kick started the Middle Class love affair with the beautiful game, turns his hand to affairs of the human heart. He wittily attacks the little differences between men and women which are so difficult to deal with when they crop up as part of a relationship. When you read it you will sit nodding your head as you identify with so many of the situations raised. The obsessive nature of Rob and his male friends is funny and tragic at the same time; little boys who have buried themselves in an interest to avoid the responsibilities of growing up. You will moan and groan, laugh and cry. This is a very enjoyable book - grab a copy and make sure your partner reads it too!!
Hmmmm. I can't quite make my mind up about this one. I finally finished it last night, which was a bit of a relief to be honest because I have 6 books to read in the 3 weeks before I go home for Christmas! This book consists of music and relationships, so you will probably know straightaway if you want to give it a go. I got my copy for 70p from a charity shop, but the RRP is £6.99. The book follows a guy called Rob, who owns a record shop and has broken up with his live-in girlfriend, Laura. To make it worse, she has moved in with the man who lives upstairs. Laura and Rob used to listen to his bed squeaking as he "entertained guests". Robe feels like a failure, every relationship he has had turned out badly and his social life consists of going to gigs with his two work mates, Barry and Dick. His shop hardly makes any money and he passes his time making top ten lists. He should come to DooYoo, he'd make loads of miles! After going to the cinema with his Mum and Dad, and having a geek giving him "I know how you feel " looks, Rob decides that something has to change. He vows to find all the girls he has had relationships with and find out what is so wrong with him. Of course, he finds out that life is never as simple as it seems from your own point of view, and along his journey he learns a lot. Now, I don't know if it is because I am young, but I didn't understand many of the musical references in this book, and trust me, there are many of them. the only ones I knew were Madonna and Marvin Gaye! I also saw the film of the book and I wasn't highly impressed. The guys who work in the shop have very snobby music tastes and think themselves superior to others. A perfect example of this is when a middle aged man comes into the shop and asks if they have a copy of " I just called to say I love you". Barry, says to the man that he can't have it, "Because it's sentimental, tacky crap, that
's why not. Do we look like the sort of shop that sells fu**ing "I just called to say I love you", eh? Now,be off with you, and don't waste our time." I think we all know pretensious people like that, and that part really annoyed me. I'm sure the guys in the book would look down on my CD collection, but I really don't care! I'm being silly I know, as they are made up characters! The kind of person that would like this book is a man who is very into his music and analysing relationships and the reasons for everything. I'm not saying a woman couldn't appreciate this book. It even says on the front: "If you are male then you should read it and then make your partner read it, so they will no longer hate you but pity you instead". Well I have to say that this book hasn't given me any kind of insight into the male mind, but I'm not sure that I really want to know what goes on in my boyfriends mind to be honest! I liked the idea of contacting all your exes, maybe one day I will do it myself. If you like mega action, this book isn't for you. It's more about Rob's personality and the ins and outs of relationships than a gripping plot. There were some interesting parts that I could relate to, such as when Rob sleeps with country singer, Marie LaSalle, and he relates the feelings that are so true, such as "what am I supposed to do now?", and "why can'I just enjoy myself?" Some of these made me laugh. On the whole though, I think you are either a person who appreciates Nick Hornby's style, or doesn't. I am going to give him another go, and I have taken "About a Boy" out of the library to read. If I don't enjoy that though, I think I'll leave Hornby for the men who make lists.
Ever wandered why men act and think like they do? Well finally an explanation! This is a fantastic insight into the mind of a man and how he uses it in a funny story of a thirty something man and his history of relationships. The main character in this book, Rob Fleming, is a confused record shop owner whose long term girlfriend has just walked out on him. This book traces how he goes from not caring about her leaving, to becoming angry and paranoid, to wanting her back, eventually arriving at him getting her back so if you have ever wandered why men appear not to care this will tell you what they are really feeling! In the process of coming round to realising that he wants his girlfriend back, Rob decides to visit previous girlfriends who have emotionally affected him, to basically discover why they rejected him eventually realising that he is stuck in the past and has to move on as his previous girlfriends have managed. This book is hilariously funny being in my opinion a combination of a mans version of ‘Bridget Jones Diary’ and the all time classic ‘Catcher in the Rye’. What made it funnier for me was the fact that I actually know people like the narrator, as I believe most people do and being able to relate to the main character makes the novel all the more amusing. Despite being classed as a comedy this book does have a few serious moments that can be quite emotional, which makes this story dig a little deeper than you initially imagined so don’t expect a shallow read. The style of writing by the renowned Nick Hornby is fantastic. It is written in the first person and is written in a way that the narrator actually thinks, which means that some parts of the book tend to be quite rambling with a lot of repeated phrases but rather than being a bad point, this adds to the cleverness of the novel as you actually believe you are reading someone’s mind rather than just being told roughly what the person
is thinking due to reference of jealousy, sadness and self pity which I have never found to be so clearly shown in a novel written by a man. My advice would be buy this book as not only is it funny and at sometimes emotional but it is also a fabulous insight into a mans brain. That is not to say that only women should buy it mind you because I think it is a novel that would be enjoyed by people of all ages and sexes. In my opinion this is a classic, which will in years to come be on the bookshelves of everyone. Right from the start you get that tingling feeling that this is a good novel and I will definitely be investing in other novels by Nick Hornby.
"High Fidelity" is the second Hornby book I've read, "Fever Pitch" being the first. I really, really enjoyed "High Fidelity", so much so that I very nearly started reading it all over again as soon as I had finished. To give a quick bit of background about the book: Rob owns a record shop that is just about surviving. He has two employees (Dick and Barry) and they stand around at work talking about music and making Top 5 lists. Rob's girlfriend, Laura, has just run off with the bloke from upstairs and he is devastated. To try to put his (love) life into perspective he tracks down his five previous loves to find out what went wrong and why. He tries to find out why he is what he is. The book moves at a leisurely pace and is very easy to read. I can identify with Rob and hung on every word on every page waiting to see what was going to happen to me in the end. I'm not 35 years old, I don't own a record shop and I haven't been dumped recently, but I still felt as I could quite easily live the life that Nick Hornby has described. The humour is similar to "Fever Pitch" but I thought that this was much, much better. I lost count of the number of times this book made me smile or laugh out loud. I found this book totally engrossing and will definitely read it again (soon). This definitely makes it into my "Top 5 best books ever read"!
Comments: This book actaully made me laugh out loud and caused an embarrassing situation on the undergrouond as people thought I was losing my head. I couldn't put it down and this is all due to Hornby's writing style and funny and quirky observations about the male psyche and its downfalls. I saw myself in this, I saw my friends in this, I saw every male in this character (well maybe not my dad). Hornby astutely looks at the world from the male perspective and describes it beautifully through the eyes of Rob, a record shop owner. Excellent book, although the plot isn't very good, however it is meant to tell the story of an ordinary bloke like you or I and if you or I were to have our lives recorded in a book such as this the plot wouldn't be fantastic either. nevertheless, beautifully written. About the book: Rob,35, has been dumped by his girlfriend Laura and is immediatley sent into a spin of joyousness and sadness. You know the feeling when you split up with someone you immedialtely feel a sense of relief and then a sense of melancholoy? (No you don't? ooops sorry, you must have been the one who was being dumped). Anyway Rob wonders what he is doing with his life and where it all went wrong. The owner of a failing record shop who works with two wierd friends finds himself in turmoil. The only thing to do, keep on living and go with the flow. As very often happens in life things aren't as bad as they seem and life is not always what you think it is.
I woke up on christmas morning to find this book under the tree from my uncle. He tends to always buy me really good books and he did not fail this time! Do be honest i do not really read books, but this one really caught my attention, probably from the shiny cover, but anyway i found a great read! The story is basically about a guy called Rob, who has his own little record shop, just on tick-over! All day long he makes up 'top-5's' with his work mates, whether it would be the top five best Hip-Hop songs of 1970 etc. Anyway Rob has just split up with his girlfriend, he finds himself depressed, so goes on an embarkment to search for his 'top-5' breakups! As you can imagine, this can be a teadious task, and this is where Hornby puts his skills into action, really making the reader feel that they really want to read further and further into the world Rob. I think the charcter Rib, really sets out to be stated as a scrubby 'no-goer' living in his music world, and his flat! This text in this book, i found to be unique to the few others that i have read, and i think that, that is why this book and Hornby, stands out in the crowd! Worth a read or a really worthwhile laugh and observation of a fantastic author at work!
I bought this book after reading 'Fever Pitch' hoping for more of the same, well I sort of got what I was looking for - its good but it isn't great, why do I feel like this? well thats what we're all here to find out isn't it!! To start off with lets give an explanation of what the book is all about, Rob is a middle-aged music shop owner who is going through what can best be described as a mid-life crisis, the shop isn't doing as well as he'd hoped, his girlfriend's left him for the bloke in the flat above him and nothing seems to be going right, what the reader gets to see is the events of the following few weeks through the eyes of Rob himself. It has to be said that I agree the comment that a lot of people make about this book - everybody at one time or another has known somebody like Rob - a man who it seems is being put across as somebody who finds the worst things that could happen in every aspect of his life and analyzes them, even if its just getting one year older, we start to look into the question of wether we should be celebrating getting older at all, and for most of the book that is where it constantly seems to be heading, mini-crisis after mini-crisis followed by Rob's analogies on where he's gone wrong. But don't get me wrong there are points in the book where something might go right, like the record that nobody wants finally getting sold or a chance meeting with a musician in a bar, and along with all the bad times these are played out to perfection using Nick Hornby's seemingly unique writing style. However although High Fidelity starts off slowly with Rob seemingly happy to let his life go by, about halfway through the book the character seems to pick himself up a bit and start to do something with himself, starting off with meeting his top 5 hardest break-ups and seeing what they're doing now, followed by deciding to finally talk to the woman who left him for
the bloke upstairs, and through all this I honestly feel that what Nick Hornby is trying to do is show how the character Rob seemingly 'grew up' in the space of a few weeks, no longer does he find himself obsessed with making top 5 lists with his staff at the record shop (now come on all you male dooyoo-ers out there, how many of you have done this at one stage of your life, I know I have) instead he seems to realise that actually doing something with his life is more important and to be honest if I explained the parts of the book that displayed this then I'd end up giving the storyline away! So in conclusion what we have here is not a brilliant book, but it isn't a bad one either just whatever you do don't buy it in hope of getting something similar to Fever Pitch.
It has been said often enough that baby boomers are a television generation, but High Fidelity reminds that in a way they are the record-album generation as well. This hilarious novel is obsessed with music; Hornby's narrator is an early thirtysomething bloke who runs a London record store. He sells albums recorded the old-fashioned way--on vinyl--and is having a tough time making other transitions as well, specifically to adulthood. The book is in one sense a love story, both sweet and interesting; most entertaining, though, are the hilarious arguments over arcane matters of pop music.