from Michele of Short Girl, Long Island
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
In 1999, I discovered Nick Hornby's High Fidelity. As a former music major and mix tape connoisseur, I immediately connected with the protagonist, Rob. The pop culture references, “top five” lists, and banter between Rob and his friends at the record store Rob owns, are fantastic. Whenever I hear the Katrina and the Waves' song, "Walking on Sunshine," High Fidelity immediately comes to mind. The novel also showcases the relationship of Rob and his girlfriend, Laura, who is growing impatient as she waits for Rob to enter adulthood, even though he is already in his mid-thirties. I find myself smiling often and frequent laugh out loud when I read this book – I’ve read it at least half a dozen times, and picked it up over the weekend to read again. This book is like comfort food to me, no matter how often I enjoy, I never get sick of it.
If you enjoyed the book and would like to read more in the realm of music and pop culture, I highly recommend the works of Chuck Klosterman and Rob Sheffield. If you’d like to read more by Hornby, About a Boy and How to Be Good were also excellent reads.
Michele’s Top Five Favorite Books
01. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
02. Invisible Monsters – Chuck Palahniuk
03. Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs – Chuck Klosterman
04. Love Is a Mix Tape – Rob Sheffield
05. Still Life With Woodpecker – Tom Robbins
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