I've just read this and I'd give this 4.5 out of 5 . I'd forgotten how much I like Mr. Hornby's style - laughed out-loud several times... Yes , the characters are deeply flawed , but life is like that . This book will probably touch you if you are a music-obsessive or if you come in to regular contact with a such a person . If that's not you you may not 'get' this book . If ,like me, you are a bit 'sad' when it comes to the importance of pop music in your life you may well empathise with several of the main characters . In which case , don't be put off by the naysayers... get stuck in and enjoy!...