Book Tour: Us by David Nicholls

Us

Us

Title: Us
Author: David Nicholls
Format: Paperback, 392 pages
Source: Received from TLC Book in exchange for an honest review

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Synopsis

From Goodreads

‘I was looking forward to us growing old together. Me and you, growing old and dying together.’

‘Douglas, who in their right mind would look forward to that?’

Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home.

He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together.

So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.

The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.

What could possibly go wrong?

About the Author

From Goodreads

David Nicholls

David Nicholls is a British author, screenwriter, and actor. A student of Toynbee Comprehensive school and Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, he Graduated from the University of Bristol having studied English Literature and Drama.

After graduation, he won a scholarship to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, before returning to London in 1991 and finally earning an Equity card. He worked sporadically as an actor for the next eight years, eventually earning a three year stint at the Royal National Theatre, followed by a job at BBC Radio Drama as a script reader/researcher. This led to script-editing jobs at London Weekend Television and Tiger Aspect Productions.

During this period, he began to write, developing an adaptation of Sam Shepard’s stage-play Simpatico with the director Matthew Warchus, an old friend from University. He also wrote his first original script, a situation comedy about frustrated waiters, Waiting, which was later optioned by the BBC.

Simpatico was turned into a feature film in 1999, and this allowed David to start writing full-time. He has been twice nominated for BAFTA awards and his first novel, Starter for Ten was featured on the first Richard and Judy Book Club.

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My Review

‘I was looking forward to us growing old together. Me and you, growing old and dying together.’

‘Douglas, who in their right mind would look forward to that?’

This is how the conversation between Douglas and his wife begins. When I read this, my immediate thoughts were “What couple doesn’t look forward to growing old together…I mean no one wants to grow old and no one wants to die, but if you get to do it with the person you fell in love with, why wouldn’t you? Anyways, that’s really beside the point. The point is all about my thoughts on the book Us by David Nicholls. I was excited to read this book, I thought it was going to be a really fun and funny read. I was definitely not disappointed. The book was a lot of fun to read and I really liked following the family as they tried to work out their differences, and the fact that they did all of this through a Europe trip was even better.

The characters were well developed- Albie, Douglas’ son, was the typical moody teenager; Connie was the typical obsessive mother hen, and then there was Douglas. It was fun to experience all of these characters and the different way they handled situations. You really have to read this book to find out all of the experiences these three characters had as they tried to save their relationships while travelling throughout Europe.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others. It was long listed for the Man Booker prize in 2014, which I think is quite the accomplishment. I give this book:

4 hippos

4 out of 5 Hippos

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