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Love Is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
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Aug 30, 2007

it was ok

Sad and sometimes boring. The descriptions of the music scene of the 90's are okay, although tinged with the same kind of nostalgia that everyone has for the decade they grew up in.

While the descriptions of him remembering Renee were sad and he kept saying that he missed her and loved her, I couldn't help feeling that he was just slightly resentful of her. There are parts where he talks about how quirky she was, and how fun and special she was, but at the same time, he sounds a little irritated. He also dwells on their differences and conflicts and doesn’t spend as much time remembering really special moments. It almost felt like he was afraid to praise her too much, or talk about her too lovingly, or describe how devastated he was when she died in their home.

Then, at the end of the book, you find out that he has a new girlfriend and he goes on to talk about how much fun they have, and how wonderful she is. His tone totally changes. I can see that it's hard for him to write about loving someone else who's died, especially since he has a new person in his life, but this is a half-minded effort. If you can't fully commit, then why bother at all?
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