Not a Star

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  • Listening Length: 55 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • Release Date: 25 Jun. 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SQ40BE

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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 July 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a standalone short story by Nick Hornby written for the Open Door Series.

A woman comes home from work one day to find out that her son is the star of a pornographic film. The resulting story is beautifully told from her point of view, how she feels, how it turns her suburban world upside down and the repercussions for the family, in particular herself.

This is clever, laugh out loud funny, poignant and heartbreaking all at once. For a ten minute read you can't get much better than that.
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I picked this novella up in a pile of remaindered boks in Galway. What a shame i had never come across it before a great short story hitting all the buttons. Good plot, great premise , good characters , all told with Nick Hornbys usual passion , sensitivity and feeling for people. I may go back buy a few more as presents. If you like Hornby buy this.
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i'm a librarian qand enjoy reading hornby, so when i spotted this open door novella i snaffled it to read in my break (15mins).as are all of hornby's books, it was enjoyable, and it reflected the characteristics of the open door series' of literature
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97144f00) out of 5 stars Being an adult means treating adults like adults 10 Oct. 2009
By Charles S. Houser - Published on
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First, I'm a Nick Hornby fan. He has a way of probing the minds of contemporary characters who imperfectly face the challenges life throws their way that I find both odd and credible. NOT A STAR is a short story (cleverly typeset to run exactly 69 pages) about a married woman in her forties who discovers that her adult son is a performer in adult videos. Within the course of a few days this bit of news manages to alter not only her relationship with and perception of her son, but all the other key relationships in her life as well, including her relationships with her dead father and the "porn star's" twin who died at birth. The story is very much about the weight and relative importance we assign to the events in our lives and where we turn to discover comfort, peace, and meaning.

This book is one volume from the Gemma Open Door series, "an innovative program of original works by some of our most beloved modern writers and important new voices." The Open Door books are written for adults learning to read. Unlike some materials prepared for adult literacy programs, the Open Door series (if NOT A STAR can be considered representative) does not rely on restricted vocabulary and simplified sentence structure to create a text new readers can read without discouragement. Horby gives the reader an engaging, thought-provoking narrative, believable characters, authentic dialogue, and exposes the reader to inventive word plays. He makes his prose sparkle. He does not "write down" to the reader or oversimplify in any way. He does what every reading teacher should do: he shows the student that reading can be fun and can make you think about things you might not necessarily think about on your own. As the Open Door series editors assert, "[this book affirms] the truth that a story doesn't have to be big to open the world." I guess that's one reason why people who've been reading "all their life" can enjoy NOT A STAR as well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97144a44) out of 5 stars Hornby For Beginners 1 Nov. 2009
By S. Rosen - Published on
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This is, apparently, one book in a series by well-known authors to be read by beginning adult readers, which is an absolutely fantastic idea. It's a short, short story about a mother who learns that her son is an adult film star. It's a nice little story, but make no mistake, it's a little story with large print. It'll take you less than an hour to read it, if you're not a beginning reader.

Hornby always sounds like, well, Hornby, and that's a great thing. The story here doesn't really add up to much - it's a few well-drawn scenes, and before you know it, it's over.

This is a book for Hornby completists, but those who want to read his best work are advised to look elsewhere (including his latest, the wonderful Juliet, Naked).
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9711203c) out of 5 stars Short changed... 10 July 2010
By Arlo Barlow - Published on
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This is not an expansive review by any means.

First of all I'll say that this is definitely a case of quality over quantity. As a Hornby devotee I did no research, so caveat emptorme, boo-hoo - I didn't realise I was handing over $12 plus shipping for a short story.

Unless you're a Hornby completist, I advise you to wait for a cheap used copy. I was looking forward to nice, chunky belly-filling meal of a book, only to be fed this hors d'oeuvre...High Fidelity it aint!

It would have been more honest of Hornby and his publishers to have included this in a volume of short stories. My H. must be laughing all the way to the bank, but it's take him a long time to get there, dragging his big bags of fivers (grumble grumble, etc).
HASH(0x97144a98) out of 5 stars a microcosm of Hornby's brilliant writing 23 Sept. 2012
By Kelsey May Dangelo - Published on
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A mother discovers that her son, who's never really done anything much with his life, has a super special talent. He's a porn star. Hornby's short story is a microcosm of his brilliant writing: ordinary people dealing with hyper-realism, and finding a powerfully beautiful, yet incredibly normal and simple happy ending. Only complaint is that it's so short and Hornby, I think, works best when his characters grow through the course of a novel. Grade: B+
By Joy Devor - Published on
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So I bought this book because I love everything Nick Hornby writes. What I didn't realize is how super tiny this book is! Like a miniature short story disguised as a book! Very entertaining however. Cute little story- but don't think you're buying an actual book.
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