Just Like You
‘A charming – and sharp – love story about what it means to fall for someone who is your polar opposite’ Sunday Telegraph
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.
‘Truly funny . . . immensely readable, sharp-eyed and at times hilarious’ Guardian
‘Comedy for our times’ Sunday Times
‘Sparkles with tip-top dialogue and pin-sharp comic timing’ Daily Mail
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 * A charming - and sharp - love story about what it means to fall for someone who is your polar opposite * Sunday Telegraph * 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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