New Summer Reading Option: High Fidelity (Seniors)

Over the next few weeks, we will be revealing the remaining titles that will become the summer reading options for the summer of 2015. Students will select one title from a list of around five novels per grade (In the subject line of the post, “Freshmen” means that the book will be read by incoming freshmen, not existing ones, etc.). 

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

HiFi

Top five reasons Rob Fleming’s life is falling apart:

  1. As an underemployed record-store owner, his lack of ambition is ruining his business.  Rob is unwavering in his music snobbishness, he puts the bare minimum of effort into his shop, and he also owes his ex-girlfriend Laura $5,000.  Laura is a succesful lawyer, so she had the money to lend him.  Rob has no issues about this, at all.  He especially does not have issues about her making more money than him, or her changing ambitions from when they first met, or her new friends at her law firm.  No issues at all.  Nothing about masculine pride or hurt feelings going on here.

  2. Laura, Rob’s live-in girlfriend, has left him for their upstairs neighbor, Ian.  To add insult to injury, Ian doesn’t even like good music.

  3. He barely likes his only friends.  Dick is soft-spoken, introverted, and nervous.  Barry is an arrogant and in-your-face jerk.  Dick and Barry also work for him, and they can’t help Rob with his problems.  They can’t even agree on whether to listen to Belle and Sebastian or Katrina and the Waves on Monday morning.

  4. Rob can’t stop obsessing about his ex-girlfriends.  Why did they leave him? Why is he so unloveable? Do they have it better now, or do they miss him?  Can’t they please tell him what is wrong with him?

  5. Rob can’t stop making top five lists about his favorite records, the women who broke his heart, the films he wants to see on his birthday, the best side-one track-ones of albums ever.  How is he supposed to get his life together when there are so many lists to be made?

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