I agree with author Courtney Smith that music nerdism has largely been the realm of guys, and that women should come forward and embrace their own musical obsessions. I'm just not sure that Smith is the one I want leading me in the charge. I was hoping that it would be inspirational, give ideas for finding new music, that it would explore new genres and give insight to what connects us to music. Yet the book actually feels more like a printed blog. It's more memoir than true essay. For a book about empowering women's musical tastes it is too boy-crazy. Every essay seems to reference some guy she dated or was obsessed over. I get that the friends (and especially the people that we date) can greatly influence our musical taste, but the boy talk was distracting and I think a more skilled writer could have done it much better.
Where the book does shine is when Smith is revealing and embracing some of the silly but very real idiosyncrasies of music nerds, the idea of a favorite band selling out, or what a guy's favorite band might say about his date-ability. While I am a diehard Smiths fan, I had to admit that she has a point about overly-obsessed guy fans. She admits to some of these foibles in a genuine and humorous way.
The playlists at the end of each chapter are helpful if the reader wants to explore more of the music she references, but personally I didn't feel the need to actually listen to any of the music as overall I had heard of most of the bands she referenced. While I can respect Smith's experience as a music programmer at MTV, I don't feel that experience makes her the right person to lead the charge. As I mentioned before this book reads more like a blog and probably should have been kept in that format.