Badkittyuno’s #CBR5 Review #13: A Long Way Down by Nicholas Hornby

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A Long Way Down has a pretty simple premise: four strangers meet on a roof on New Years Eve. They all came up with the intention of killing themselves, but instead start talking. The four people are wildly different — a disgraced talk show host, a middle-aged woman with a disabled son, a foul-mouthed teenager with family problems and an almost-been rocker whose girlfriend dumped him. They strike up a uneasy friendship, and try to help each other through their problems.
There’s a lot of brutual honesty between the characters, and glimpses into some lives that might break your heart. Maureen’s story in particular really got to me. But there’s a lot of hope there, too.
I’ve read a few books by Nicholas Hornby, and while this wasn’t my favorite (that would be About A Boy), I still really liked it. It’s pretty easy to see yourself in certain aspects of these characters, even if you’ve never go so far as to climb a building with the intention of taking the “short” way down.

One thought on “Badkittyuno’s #CBR5 Review #13: A Long Way Down by Nicholas Hornby

  1. Good review. I read this book several years ago and had the same impression, good book, not his best. My favorite is Fever Pitch, so much better than the movie.

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