The over all book is about commitment, Rob doesn’t seem to commit to anything, he minds it rather challenging, and that causes him so loose his girlfriend. He always lives with one foot out of the door ready for a new opportunity. Just In case something better might show up. “I’ve committed to nothing… And that’s just suicide… By tiny, tiny increments. ” Near the ending of the book, Rob realizes what might have caused Laura to leave him, and what might have caused all the other misery he is dealing with. It’s the fact that he hasn’t committed himself to anything.
He Is getting rather tired of working in the record store, and when Laura presents other careers that he could consider asking, he doesn’t do It, because again that would make him commit to something. Nick has definitely given the book funny touch, all though it’s not like the usual comedy-fun. Rob kind of makes fun of himself in an ironic way. “My friends don’t seem to be friends at all but people whose phone numbers I haven’t lost. ” Instead of being depressed about not having any real friends, he Just phrases it in a good way, and accepts it.
That might seem brilliant, not getting hurt that way, but on the other hand he doesn’t do much about it, he Just keeps on having the ironic tone, ND doesn’t look for new friends. Always having a fun answer is Just his attitude, even in a tough situation. When he Is really broken he makes more fun of himself, maybe It’s his way of getting over the misery, because he simply can’t show his feelings. The book tells us that Rob has been with 6 very different women. Since it is mainly based on Laura and the five other girls breaking up with him, the book Is pretty much based on relationships.
Although Rob is possibly not meant to be the readers role model, he is more of a guide for people, like himself, who wants to find out what Relationship guide with Rob ‘ Not looking at the fact that it would be very cheesy. “It would be nice to think that since I was 14, times have changed, relationships have become more sophisticated, females less cruel, skins thicker, instincts more developed, but there seems to be an element of that afternoon in everything that’s happened to me since.
All my romantic stories are a scrambled version of that first one. ” Rob has a bad experience with his first breakup, Alison. Apparently he found her kissing someone else, while they were still together. This loud have affected him for life, maybe that is why he never wants to commit himself to anything or anyone, and why he thinks that something or someone is always better than him or than what he has. Because he is afraid of being burned again, like Alison did to him, after their 6 hours long relationship.
As we move on, and follow his other relationship, the same problem seems to reflect on him. He sees it from the girl’s point of view that something better, soon will show up in her life. When he is together with his second girlfriend Penny, he really wants to have sex with her, while he doesn’t want to rush it. Perhaps because he knows soon it’s going to be the same scene over again, that she is all of a sudden kissing someone else, and leaving him.
The music is Rob’s escape in his chaotic life; it is finally something he has a lot of knowledge in. He works in the record store with his two colleagues, he tells himself that they are not actually friends, but he spends most of his time hanging out with them. They talk about music, and they are the only people in his life, that actually understands what he’s saying, when he is referring to some unknown song from the nineties. Now, the making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do’s and don’t.
First of all, you ‘re using someone else’s poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing. ” I think he especially needs the music, after his breakup with Laura, because he knows exactly what song is going to describe the way he feels inside his heart. Perhaps that gives him some sort of feeling that he is stable, and that he knows how to deal with the situation. It is overall a good book, and not only for the fun of reading it, but you actually get committing to something, if we really love it.