Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (Review + Movie Trailer)

Publisher: Penguin
Page Count
: 249

It’s been so long since I have done a regular review for a book and I know because I checked (for real, I haven’t written one since the end of July). I am not exactly ecstatic that the first book after all these months is Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby now to be honest and it’s a little tough to explain the why of it all.

First, Juliet, Naked isn’t a bad book. It’s about people who feel they have wasted years of their lives, whole decades even, due to wrong decisions and a lack of action to change their less than ideal situations. Even as someone who isn’t in her 40s or 50s, I can relate to that topic. There are times I wonder what I am doing with my life and whether I have gotten into enough trouble, taken enough chances or simply whether I am on the right path for future me. This book chronicles how Annie, Duncan and Tucker have to live with their regrets and make the best of it, all packaged with a good measure of dry English humour, a deep fascination with 80s music, a spin on modern day online conversation/dating and unhealthy fandom culture.

Usually, all those aforementioned elements would draw me in immediately! Who am I kidding? The mere suggestion of them here was the reason I picked up the book and in the beginning it was all really funny. I could see myself in parts of each character, like in Duncan’s passion for something he loved (although I never was on his level of obsession for anything ever and I go deep sometimes), Tucker’s ability to share his deepest thoughts with a stranger on the internet but his inability to do so with his closest family and friends or Annie’s fear of having missed the opportunity to have a family of her own by getting comfortable in a situation because it was easy rather than the right one. I don’t mind having people be the main characters who aren’t perfect. In my eyes, it makes them more realistic and human to have various flaws and even flaws that you don’t have to forgive sometimes.Β  got all that and I felt that and even though it all sounds rather serious and gloomy, it also had some great humour sprinkled in.

But then there were also all these disjointed parts and characters that truly weren’t necessary. And worst of all the conclusion … it felt so open-ended and with a lack of, well, closure. I understand that not ever story needs to tie all ends together, but here it felt like we stopped a couple chapters short of where Juliet, Naked was supposed to end. I didn’t need for them to live happily ever after, but I did need a couple more infos on their fate. So, while I enjoyed the themes and characters (to some extent), the ultimate execution of the story just lacked something for me. I feel like there was a lot more in there we didn’t get to see.

Fazit: 2.5/5 stars! A rather average story that could have been more.

Now, as the title promised, I am also going to share the movie trailer here. I believe, and please don’t hold me accountable on this, the movie is currently in theaters (at least at the time of writing this post). I haven’t seen the movie yet, so no comment on that, but from what I gathered from the trailer, it looks like a faithful adaptation that expands on all the elements that were lacking or not quite right for me in the book. I am curious to see if I am right and whether they will change the end, but take a look for yourself:

Have you read or watched Juliet, Naked? Are there any other Nick Hornby books you’ve checked out? Let me know in the comments below!

14 thoughts on “Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (Review + Movie Trailer)

  1. Back in high school I read something that had a similar effect on me. I liked the characters and the scenario, but the ultimate execution was wanting. But that’s not surprising: it was a Dean Koontz novel, and he can be really hit or miss sometimes.

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  2. I haven’t read anything by Nick Hornby, but the themes in Juliet, Naked seem to hit a bit too close to home πŸ˜“ with all that wasting opportunities and are we missing on life? Uh-huh, doesn’t sound like a light read at all.
    I’m sorry that you didn’t like it all that much, I’m not a big fan of open-ended stories either, I just need some closure.
    Great review, Kat! ❀

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    • It was actually a super light read, that’s Nick Hornby for you. He takes topics like terminal illness (About a Boy) or suicide (A Long Way Down) and makes them kind of witty and fast paced and easy to read. But I just really have a quarrel with his endings. Something about them always bugs me.


  3. Lovely review, Kat! This book sounds really… relatable, in some ways and I could find myself relating to some parts of these characters, too, for sure… well, I think so, from reading your review, haha πŸ™‚ it’s really too bad that this ending wasn’t to your liking. It is so frustrating whenever you expect more, like it just needs a couple more chapters to properly wrap up and that does not happen. I’m not a fan of that haha πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you, Marie! I thought they were really smart in how they set up the characters but the story didn’t have any moral or ending and I just didn’t get the point of it all. It just … stopped, which was disappointing overall.

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