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Just Like You

by Nick Hornby

Family Drama Relationship Stories Sagas and Romance Sharing Diverse Voices

LoveReading View on Just Like You

A beautifully gentle yet pointed, and amusing yet thoughtful, feel-good relationship tale. When head teacher and separated mum of two Lucy, meets butcher, babysitter, and aspiring DJ Joseph, their age gap is just one of the obstacles in their path to finding love. This isn’t an overly sensational or dramatic tale, it’s more subtle than that, though it does cover three years during and after the EU referendum. Don’t groan, as Nick Hornby looks back in the most mindful way possible. Thoughts are provoked and rich pickings are to be found, as lots of little lightbulb moments clicked on as I read. The plot settled in the lightest of dances through some pretty weighty subjects. It’s not shouty, or finger-pointy, a relationship is created within a set of circumstances that allows you to form your own thoughts. I feel Nick Hornby has written the perfect story for anyone suffering from Covid 19 blues. Just Like You is an incredibly uplifting, engaging and stimulating read, and I absolutely loved it.

Liz Robinson

Just Like You Synopsis

Lucy married just the sort of man you might expect: a university graduate who runs his own business. Unfortunately he turned out to have serious dependency issues.

Joseph is shaking off the memory of his last date, a girl who ticked all the right boxes and also drove him up the wall.

On an average Saturday morning in a butcher's shop in North London, Lucy and Joseph meet on opposite sides of the counter. She is a teacher and mother of two, with a past she is trying to forget; he is an aspiring DJ with a wide-open future that maybe needs to start becoming more focused. Lucy and Joseph are opposites in almost all ways. Can something life-changing grow from uncommon ground?

Nick Hornby's brilliantly observed, tender and brutally funny new novel gets to the heart of what it means to fall headlong in love with the best possible person - someone who may not be just like you at all.

Just Like You Press Reviews

Dares to be witty, intelligent and emotionally generous at once - New York Times

A fine writer, swift and pointed, with a lighter, more mischievous heart than he lets on, and more sympathy for the devil than he admits to - New York Magazine

Hornby writes with a funny, fresh voice which skewers male and female foibles with hilarious accuracy - Guardian

Hornby's prose is artful and effortless, his spiky wit as razored as a number-two cut - Independent

Tender and timely - Good Housekeeping

Excellent - Irish Times

Comedy for our times - Sunday Times

A brilliant read full of his trademark wit and ability to get to the heart of human nature - The Sun

Truly funny . . . the novel gallops straight into something that is immensely readable, sharp-eyed and at times hilarious - Guardian

Hornby has always been a first-rate storyteller and Just Like You - just perfectly put together - sparkles with tip-top dialogue and pin-sharp comic timing - Daily Mail

Nick Hornby writes so well about his characters . . . his most enjoyable book for some years - Sunday Express

The novel explores division and racism and has its share of sharp observations that help illuminate what it means to fall headlong in love with someone who is nothing like you at all - Independent

The capable crackle of his dialogue - honed by a string of successful screenwriting projects - propels the domestic drama forward at an easy pace, particularly effective in the voices of the children - Financial Times

Hornby's hilarious and heart-wrenching new novel explores what it means to be somebody's perfect match, and why this notion of perfect compatibility is an absolute disaster when it comes to love - Woman and Home, Best Books to Look Forward to this Summer

Frequently funny, consistently engaging ... it has great warmth in its heart - Observer

Well-told, thoughtful, tender and occasionally devastatingly funny love story - Scotsman

Unmistakably of-the-moment. Sharp, charming and upbeat - Mail on Sunday

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780241983256
Publication date: 15/04/2021
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780241338551
Publication date: 17/09/2020
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241983256
Publication date: 15th April 2021
Author: Nick Hornby
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance, Diverse Voices,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adult & contemporary romance, Humour,

About Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby was born in 1957, and is the author of Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy and How to be Good. He also edited the collection of short stories Speaking With the Angel. He is the pop music critic for the New Yorker. In 1999, he was awarded the E.M.Forster award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives and works in Highbury, North London.

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