“A book you’d call in a dedication for, on the Love Songs at Night radio show…”
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Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
Reviewed by Nico
Rob Sheffield knows music. He’s been a critic for over twenty years and his commentary can be seen in Rolling Stone Magazine. His memoir, Love is a Mix Tape is perfect for music lovers, pop culture nerds and really anyone who loves a great memoir or love story. And it’s a book that I’d recommend as heartily as I would my favorite album.
Using the playlists of 15 mix tapes from his life, Sheffield tells the story of the seven years that he spent with his wife, Renee. Renee jumps off the page, the type of girl you’d want to go to concerts with. It’s easy to fall in love with her and very easy to see how the loss of her would rip up your life. Sheffield easily pulls you into his life, his romance and his heartbreak and gives you the soundtrack to go with it.
Chances are, if you’re an armchair critic or a professional top 5 maker, you’ve already checked out High Fidelity (either in book or movie). Love is a Mix Tape goes great with HF and will load up your ITunes playlist just as quickly. But, where it differs from Nick Hornby’s bitter rock critic tale is that Rob Sheffield is someone who unabashedly loves what he’s writing about – both the music and his wife.
Finally, what puts this book over the top for me as an all time favorite is that it features young and hip people who also happen to be married. There are so few books that feature married characters who are still interested in life outside of their apartment, that you’d think those two things were mutually exclusive. If you think it’s possible to wear a wedding ring AND still retain your premarital levels of cool, you will have even more reason to enjoy Love is a Mix Tape.
Nico is one of our Young Adult librarians, with a taste for all things pop culture.