BOOK REVIEW: A LONG WAY DOWN

23.4.14






Name of book

A long way down

Author

Nick Hornby

Edition Date

2014

Publish Date

2005

Where I Bought It & Price

Waterstones
£3.99
Original price: £7.99

Blurb

"Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?

For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer's pretty simple: he has, in his own words. 'pissed his life away'. And on New Years Eve he's going to end it all… but not, as it happens, alone. Because first single-mum Maureen, then eighteen-year-old Jess and lastly failed-musician-turned-pizza-boy JJ turn up and crash Martin's private party. They've stolen his idea - but brought their own reasons.

Yet it's hard to jump when you've got an audience queueing impatiently behind you. A few heated words and some slices of cold pizza later and these four strangers are suddenly allies. But is their unlikely friendship a good enough reason to carry on living?"

Number Of Pages

272

What I thought

I wanted to read this book ever since I had seen the movie trailer and thought it looked amazing. I'm not one for movies covers but I actually really like this one and it may have to be because Aaron Paul (Jesse from Breaking Bad)  is on the front and I am in love with him.

This book was fast paced from the start and right from the first sentence I knew I would like this book and I did, I loved it. I loved all the characters and how they were all different and they each brought something to the book, not one was left on the side in my opinion. I loved that they all had a different view on one experience and this was explored so that one experience was not just glossed over by one perspective.

I loved the ending and how it wasn't a major 'and they all lived happily ever after' and that gave this book a more real feeling to it. By that I mean it gives the book a certain something where you think 'yeh this could happen in real life but not to this big of a scale' if you get my meaning.

I gave this book

5 out of 5 stars

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