A Long Way Down Author:Nick Hornby For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer's pretty simple: he has, in his own words, "pissed his life away" And on New Year's Eve he's going to end it all...But not, as it happens, alone. Because first singl-mum Maureen, then eighteen-year-old Jess and lastly American Rock-God JJ turn up and crash Martin's private party...
Fantastic book - explores the reasons all of us have for living (or not), in a readable way. What would you do next if you had reached the point when you felt you had nothing to live for - the answers are surprising, and certainly not sappy sweet.
This book was just terrific. As a reader, i was immediately immersed in the plot and in love with all the characters. It seems like a rather dreary thing to be reading about, but its really nice how their relationships form and grow. Great read!!!
Nick Hornby has used a unique and sometimes humorous approach to a dark subject, suicide. The four main characters, J.J., Jess, Maureen and Martin share a death wish and as the story unfolds, you will see they share so much more. It could have been a dark, somber book, but instead Nick Hornby's writing style and presentation of the story in the first person make this a great read!
Eh. I wasn't crazy about this book...it was actually one of the first ones I swapped and sent back out. It's the story of 4 people who all want to kill themselves by leaping off a building and instead, they all 4 become friends (?) and change each others lives. I felt the reasons they wanted to die were kind of lame. And the youngest character REALLY got on my nerves (as she did the characters in the book also).
The pacing was all wrong for me. I enjoyed the storyline and the character development. I read the book in preparation for the movie...watched the trailer. I think the movie may turn out better than the book.