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Love Is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
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May 17, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: memoir
Read in May, 2009

This memoir was strongly recommended to me by a friend, but unfortunately, I was unimpressed. The story of music journalist Rob Sheffield's marriage and the sudden death of his wife at 31 reads like the literary equivalent of Garden State, complete with numerous "this song will change your life" antedotes and a manic pixie dream girl who teaches the jaded protagonist to appreciate living. While there are some great lines, Sheffield too often lapses into sappy platitudes, and even at his funniest moments tends to read like a poor man's Chuck Klosterman.

Recommended only for sentimental hipsters with an inexplicable nostalgia for the 1990s. And actually, those people should probably just read Nick Hornby's Songbook instead.
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