Nick Hornby’s ‘A Long Way Down’

9780670888245Review  –  A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

Four people meet on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.

A Long Way Down is the story of Jess, JJ, Maureen and Martin. All from totally different walks of life, they meet at the top of a tall building on New Year’s Eve. Why? Because they all want to jump off.

I understand what you’re thinking: ‘How can anyone possibly sit through 350 pages of not one, but four suicidal characters?’ Trust me, I was a little apprehensive too. But here I am, 350 pages later. For a book with a very serious main idea, it’s not like a PSA or a book of motivation for those in need. Hornby manages to create a very strong cast of characters, people who are real and very different from one another. Continue reading

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Emma Donoghue’s ‘Room’

Review – Room by Emma Donoghue

Jack is five. He lives in a single, locked room with his Ma. room

I’d heard lots of good things about Room, but was never really that bothered about reading it until someday, I decided I just had to. Still don’t know whether that was a good choice or not.
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