Book Reviews of A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down
A Long Way Down
Author: Nick Hornby
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ISBN-13: 9781594481932
ISBN-10: 1594481938
Publication Date: 5/2/2006
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 263 ratings
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
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!!!
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Helpful Score: 5
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: 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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Helpful Score: 3
enjoyable, quick read with the usual musical/pop culture references hornby fans have come to love.
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Helpful Score: 2
Great novel - NY Times Best Seller - one of my favorite Hornby novels.
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Helpful Score: 1
Book was just ok. Interesting topic, but I think overall the subject (suicide) was treated abut cavalier-ly. Problem might have been that a few of the characters were just not likeable. Also their backstories weren't as involving as I'd have wanted. Also the author did a lot of foreshadowing that was annoying. Interested in what Toni Colllette and Peirce Brosnan will bring to the movie.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a Deep but quirky read. It is about four people that go to the top of a building to throw themselves off. It ends up in a sad, funny, twisty kind of Life Affirming friendship. They save themselves by saving each other.
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Helpful Score: 1
Loved it. The characters were all amazing. I am so glad I picked this up to read.
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XLNT read. Each character's "voice" is different. I like that the punctuation matches their personalities. The story is funny "ha ha" and funny "strange" -- not as involved a study as is "A Confederacy of Dunces" but not entirely lighthearted. Learned a few things. I feel I need to just accept each character - but maybe say a little prayer for them, just in case, you know?
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I've read a few Hornby books and this one is good in a similar way. Characters all with serious flaws that at times you pity and at others you loath. I thoroughly enjoyed the book!
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My overall impression of the book is: "meh." It'd be a good read for a holiday on the beach because it's light and airy and attempts to be funny (and is, at quite a few parts, but mostly I could tell that he was just trying too hard, you know?). The premise is really interesting: four strangers each go to commit suicide atop the same building, and each is fully confident of his/her convictions behind such an act, but upon running into each other, they begin to doubt the validity of the others motives. So, they're each saying "I deserve to die," but that "you don't, because you're too young/a parent/haven't thought things through/too crazy/etc to die yourself." Essentially, they save each other. But one of the characters (Jess), really the main one who drives the story line along, is awful and rude and completely impossible to relate to, so that made the the ability to really "get sucked into" the book difficult. I had high expectations and I thought this book was just "okay".
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Hornby is a brilliant, witty writer. I've now read 4 of his novels, and the prose consistently brings me LOL pleaure. Even if you have seen the movies, read the books. They are way better.
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This started out really really good. I couldn't stop reading it... the middle dropped off, but it ended well :) I really like Nick Hornby. His writing is interesting - he keeps my attention. And he's a little bit funky.

I loved the character of JJ and absolutely hated Jess. I know, everyone who has ever read this book hated Jess. But I HATED her. I'm pretty sure I actually called her a few really nasty names.

Now THAT is the sign of a well written book... you feel actual hatred towards one of the characters :-)
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"4 people with very different reasons but a common purpose, find their way to the top of a...building in London...(where)they encounter company.A Long Way Down is the story of what happens next, and what doesn't..." This book is a good read filled with humor, irony, and pain. I really enjoyed it!
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good read!
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Surprisingly good--after the first few pages.
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by the author of "High Fedelity" A group of 4 unlikely individuals meet as a suicide prevention group.
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Very dry and witty and touching all in one breath.
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I loved this hip book. Funny but poignant.
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Loved this book, 4 people who are at the end of their rope find meaning in their lives.
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FUNNY!!!
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I enjoyed this one...quirky but fun.
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I sent for this book because it came up on a list of similar books when I was doing a search. I did not like this book. I did not finish it although I read the end to see if it got any better. It has wonderful professional reviews but I am not sure what the appeal is. YUCK.
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Skillfully written. Nice turns of phrase. Plotline a bit 'meh...'.
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One New Year's Eve, four people with very different reasons but a common purpose, find their way to the top of a fifteen-story building in London. None of tham has calculated that, on a date humans favor for acts of significance, in a place known as a local suicide jumpers favorite, they might encounter company. A Long Way Down is the story of what happens next, and of what doesn't....
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One New Year's Eve, four people with very different reasons but a common purpose, find their way to the top of a fifteen-story building in London. None of them has calculated that, on a date humans favor for such acts of significance, in a place known as a local suicide-jumpers' favorite, they might encounter company. A Long Way Down is the story of what happens next, and of what doesn't.
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description: 4" peiple w/very different reasons but a common purpose, find their way to the top of a 15 story bulding in London. None of them has calculated that, on a date humans favor for acts of significance, in a place known as a local suidice jumpers' favorite, they might encounter company. This is the stroy of what happens next, and of what doesn't..."