My Goodreads review:
I don't know where to begin in describing how much I loved this book.
If you know what it's like to love a band, to REALLY love a band, and be swept up in the religion of rock and roll, you will cherish "B-Sides and Broken Hearts." Caryn Rose's love letter to music is one of the most joyful, heartbreaking, and honest rock books I've read--she unabashedly wears her fangirl heart on her sleeve, and shows what it really means to love music, a time, a band, and how it changes and preserves people, helping them through the roughest points in their life, and accentuating the brightest spots.
No lying here, I wanted to live the life of Lisa, the protagonist. Her best friends are a bunch of guys who start a band in Seattle in the early 90s and go on to big things, and she describes in detail her experiences seeing The Who, the Rolling Stones, Sonic Youth, the Ramones, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Soundgarden, among others. Seeing only a couple of the bands on her rock and roll resume would be enough to color the most diehard of rock fans green with envy--it's like a fantasy wishlist come true--and in this book, you get to feel like you were there and had your mind blow right alongside Lisa. In short, I felt like this was a book written for me, something straight out of my dreams.
If you know all the words to every song in your favorite band's catalog, have ever went on a quest to find a rare record or piece of rock 'n roll memorabilia, or have literally felt a jab of pain in your soul from being robbed the chance to see your favorite band live, this book is for you.
Some outsiders might consider our musical fandoms to be crazy, or pointless, but Caryn Rose shows us we are in very good company. Rock and roll is a family, and "B-Sides and Broken Hearts" feels like the story of an enthusiastic, understanding friend.