A Long Way Down Book Review

Having gone through both the movie and book, I must confess the book was much of a letdown. The film did a way better job in conveying the moral message of the plot; and everything for that matter. As of the book, I surprisingly had a hard time getting into it for the most part, but that isn’t the only factor as to why I didn’t enjoy the overall as much as I’d anticipated.

Frankly, the concept of the book I like; it was a fresh idea and it enticed me enough to get me to purchase a copy. Yet the way Nick wraps up and presents that concept was rather disappointing.

The first part was interesting though, it was humorous and adequately thrilling that it allowed me to expect further more in the following parts. Yet unfortunately, I merely survived until the end of the second part and skimmed through the rest. The only aspect that prompted the slightest spark of excitement for me is the humor contained in the book; there are lots of hilarity that didn’t fail to entertain, but there are many as well that does nothing but perplex me.

I don’t have much else to comment about the book. Perhaps others may delight in his writing, but it simply doesn’t work for me, at least.


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 mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof

of Topper’s House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives.

In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.

Intense, hilarious, provocative, and moving, A Long Way Down is a novel about suicide that is, surprisingly, full of life.

A Long Way Down ~ Nick Hornby 2/5 Stars

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