Long Way Down, A

Nick Hornby
In his fourth novel, New York Times-bestselling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line. Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year's Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper's House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives. In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances. Intense, hilarious, provocative, and moving, A Long Way Down is a novel about suicide that is, surprisingly, full of life.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2020-11-22

*** TRIGGER WARNING: suicidal attempts, suicidal thoughts, mentions of sexual relations between a minor and an older man, inoperable cancer diagnosis and voluntarily willing to abandon a special needs child for selfish reasons ***

DNF'd at page 123.

This started off semi- decent, I guess. It was well enough for me to make it past the thirty percent mark. But it wasn't enough to hold my attention. There were too many non-believable scenario circumstances that would occur that would make me shout "nope, would've never happened like that".  I despised the character of Jess and didn't find any scene with her entertaining. Also, getting more into the story and finding out about these characters a bit and what they were willing to give up or what they had done prior to them wanting to commit suicide was disgraceful. Typical character stereotypes from the minor television celebrity, stay at home mom with a special needs kid, pizza delivery driver and a politician's daughter. In my opinion the execution on this one wasn't to my liking and the characters weren't anything that I found to be engaging or special. Therefore, it is a no from me.

Reviewed: 2015-10-17
I like the way Hornby defines his characters. In most books he does that rather well and this is certainly one of them. And now is just the time to read it as it is about four people who meet on top of a tall building on new year's eve, all with the idea to throw themselves down.
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