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A Long Way Down
A Long Way Down
Author: Nick Hornby
In his eagerly awaited 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 mo...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781573223027
ISBN-10: 1573223026
Publication Date: 6/7/2005
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 256 ratings
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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astream avatar reviewed A Long Way Down on + 38 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
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.
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Helpful Score: 6
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!!!
MarchiaLuigi avatar reviewed A Long Way Down on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
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!
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Helpful Score: 4
enjoyable, quick read with the usual musical/pop culture references hornby fans have come to love.
animlgrl avatar reviewed A Long Way Down on + 84 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
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).
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justbucky avatar reviewed A Long Way Down on + 17 more book reviews
I enjoyed this dark journey
wantonvolunteer avatar reviewed A Long Way Down on + 84 more book reviews
Nick Hornby is always so fun to read, even if the story is about four depressed people who meet attempting suicide! This Hornby required way more patience and suspension of disbelief than usual; the premise was super super contrived and if it were another, less hilarious writer, I would have been totally irritated.

The four members of this gang of survivors feel to varying degrees guilty, discouraged, hopeless, and out of control: JJ the failed American rocker; Martin the scandalized newscaster; Maureen, single mother to a 19 yr old son born in a vegetative state; and Jess the obnoxious angst-ridden teen. The way this mismatched foursome manages to support and exhasperate each other is somehow entertaining and uplifting.
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The first 3/4 of this book was entertaining, though it seems like the author really rushed the ending just becuase he was sick of writing the book. I love the rest of the authors books, but this one wasn't that great.

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