13 reasons you should read ‘Love is a Mix Tape’ right now

  1. Upon waking up at 6:43 a.m. this morning my first thought was not ‘fuck my alarm won’t go off for another forty-five minutes’ it was ‘goody, now I can finish Love is a Mix Tape.’
  2. Renée loved The Replacements and Alex Chilton and the Meat Puppets. So did I. (page 3)
  3. It’s a fundamental human need to pass music around, and however the technology evolves, the music keeps moving. (page 24)
  4. The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with — nothing brings it life like an old mix tape. (page 26)
  5. I was totally clueless about social interaction, and completely scared of girls. All I knew was that music was going to make girls fall in love with me. (page 29)
  6. But I loved the cassock and surplice, ringing the bells, lighting the candles — it was like being a glam-rock roadie for God. (pages 40 – 41)
  7. I used one of my favorite rhyme schemes — stolen from the James Merrill poem “The Octopus,” though he’d stolen it himself from W.H. Auden’s The Sea and the Mirror — rhyming the first syllable of a trochee with the final syllable in the next line. How could she resist? (page 60)
  8. The entire chapter ‘Sheena was a man’ which will make your heart ache with longing and make you wish someone loved you like this.
  9. If I had my way, the story would end here. Renée was always braver. She always wanted to know what happened next. (page 86)
  10. I hear the noise in his voice, and I hear a boy trying to scare the darkness away. I wish I could hear what happened next, but nothing did. (page 130)
  11. Page 147 which made me cry so hard that I had to put down the book and go find some Kleenex.
  12. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you incredibly annoying. (page 190)
  13. I also assumed I’d never be able to take listening to The Replacements again, but then I made a new friend in the summer of 1999 who wore a rubberband around her wrist with Paul Westerberg’s name written on it. (page 205)
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  1. Ruth 01.May.07 at 6:48 pm

    Hi there…I got here from technorati. I love books and the Replacements too, do you want to be my internet friend?

  2. david 02.May.07 at 9:24 pm

    I once tried to get Alex Chilton to write a jingle for a grocery store chain, but that’s another story…

    I loved the book, too, even though I was expecting something totally different.

    (who loves books, the Replacements, and a warm puppy)

  3. Jodi 02.May.07 at 9:28 pm

    I thought the book would be more music and less Renee. I still dug it even though I think sometimes the writing felt a little forced. Sheffield really hit his stride about mid-way through and the stuff that came off forced (toot. toot. beep. beep) was really natural and deed on towards the end.

  4. Charles 03.May.07 at 8:09 am

    I’ve really gotta get me a warm puppy. The book is on order…

  5. FFJ 03.May.07 at 8:23 am

    i loved the fact that this read like a Rolling Stone article. short chapters and easy language, but i agree – i thought it was going to be different too. i liked it, but wouldn’t let it get to second base.


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