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Book Review + Questions: Just Like you by Nick Hornby

Updated: Mar 9, 2023

Hey, you! 😊 Where do I begin with this book? Well, I hated it and let me tell you why.

Lately, I've been itching to read a good love story for our book club. We've been reading a lot of sad stories and thrillers and I thought it was time for something feel-good. One of the book club member suggested this one , but little did she know that this had nothing to do with a love story (in my opinion).

Well how could she really know when the book was described by Penguin Random House as "This warm, wise, highly entertaining twenty-first century love story is about what happens when the person who makes you happiest is someone you never expected".

Pfff ... yeah right!!!

I think my main problem with this book is that it was supposed to be a romance. Don't get me wrong, there are two main characters who are in a relationship. Problem is there was nothing leading up to their relationship. I couldn't figure out how they got together and why they were even staying together. There was no emotion and was honestly very boring!

For me, it's definitely not a romance! What a pity though because there could have been potentially a nice story to tell. An older white woman and a young black man fighting age, race, and social status differences for love.

So if this wasn't a romance, what was it then? Well, it was politically heavy!

Of course, I knew about Brexit and I've read a lot of articles about it, but one great thing about this book was reading what the people had to say about it. Both the pro-Brexit and the anti-Brexit. The leavers and the remainers.

That was the only thing about the book that was interesting.

I can't help but wonder whether or not the author just wanted to take the opportunity to write a book about the Brexit because this is happening now and he just inserted a love story in it.

To end this, I didn't feel like the Brexit took away from the plot, it was the plot.

Book Club Questions

  1. What is the significance of the title? Would you change it?

  2. How does the author show the differences between the main characters?

  3. What do you think was the main theme of the book?

  4. What did you like most or least about the book?

  5. Have you read any other books by Nick Hornby?

  6. What do you think Nick Hornby's goal was in writing this book? What message was he trying to make?

  7. What did you learn from this book?

  8. Would you recommend Just Like you to a friend or family?

  9. Did the characters seem realistic to you?

  10. How did you feel about the ending? How might you change it?

xoxo Elodie

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