This is it: THE novel about music and pop culture that spawned an entire genre. There have been many worthy successors, including from Hornby himself, but the original is as funny and sweet and snarky as anything out there. Rob owns a small record store. He’s a music snob whose favorite pastime is producing Top 5 lists and, as you might imagine, has some girl troubles. It’s definitely on my Top 5 list for novels about music.— Sara, Atlanta
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Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, and Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection? Rob seeks refuge in the company of the offbeat clerks at his store, who endlessly review their top five films (Reservoir Dogs...); top five Elvis Costello songs ("Alison"...); top five episodes of Cheers (the one where Woody sang his stupid song to Kelly...). Rob tries dating a singer whose rendition of "Baby, I Love Your Way" makes him cry. But maybe it's just that he's always wanted to sleep with someone who has a record contract. Then he sees Laura again. And Rob begins to think (awful as it sounds) that life as an episode of thirtysomething, with all the kids and marriages and barbecues and k.d. lang CD's that this implies, might not be so bad.