19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Depressing, disenchanted, down in the doldrums...,
By A Customer
This review is from: How to be Good (Hardcover)
I found this book inordinately depressing and dull - extremely disappointing from a writer of Nick Hornby's versatile talent and comic ability. What was happening in your life when you wrote this Nick?! The underlying theme about how empty and meaningless life is does get a little tiresome - perhaps spring was the wrong time of year to release it. The main character's incessant whinging, self centredness and self justifying clever-clever comments do nothing to endear one to the "novel" - she is bland, dislikeable and utterly unoriginal, and initially the book reads like a diary that should never have been published. The book's saving grace is the scene at the party where the residents are persuaded to adopt a homeless person, providing about three comic moments which are so welcome amidst all the dreariness I think I actually laughed out loud. Will the real Nick Hornby please come back!