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Publisher's Summary

”[A] charming, funny, touching, and relevant comedy.” —The Boston Globe

“A provocative yet sweet romantic comedy.” —People, Best of Fall 2020

From the beloved author of Dickens and Prince, About A Boy, and High Fidelity, 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 

Lucy used to handle her adult romantic life according to the script she’d been handed. She met a guy just like herself: same age, same background, same hopes and dreams; they got married and started a family. Too bad he made her miserable. Now, two decades later, she’s a nearly divorced, forty-one-year-old schoolteacher with two school-aged sons, and there is no script anymore. So when she meets Joseph, she isn’t exactly looking for love—she’s more in the market for a babysitter. Joseph is twenty-two, living at home with his mother, and working several jobs, including the butcher counter where he and Lucy meet. It’s not a match anyone one could have predicted. He’s of a different class, a different culture, and a different generation. But sometimes it turns out that the person who can make you happiest is the one you least expect, though it can take some maneuvering to see it through.

Just Like You is a brilliantly observed, tender, but also brutally funny new novel that gets to the heart of what it means to fall surprisingly and headlong in love with the best possible person—someone you didn’t see coming.

©2020 Nick Hornby (P)2020 Penguin Audio
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

Critic Reviews

“Effervescent with chemistry and quick dialogue.” (Booklist)

"A hopeful balm for our unsettled postpandemic times.” (Library Journal, starred review)

"Hornby lives up to his reputation as bard of the everyday in this thoughtful romance that crosses lines of race, age, and class.... Hornby is good company on the page and offers insights on his characters with aplomb, demonstrating an investment in each of their voices and an interest in the forces that draw people to one another. This is great fun.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Unbearably boring

I hung in there until 4.5 hours remaining and there just was nothing that held my interest. This story has been done before and even the prose could not save it. A hard pass.

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Love Nick Hornby

... but I'm not as much of a fan of this book in particular. His books, About a Boy, How to be Good, and High Fidelity, are among my all-time favorite books. This one was only good. I just wasn't as engaged in the story as I was his previous books. I did enjoy the narration by Ben Bailey Smith and Hattie Ladbury.

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A Wonderful Surprise

What a lovely story! I couldn’t put it down. Lucy was such a down to earth character that I could relate to. The story was calming in this crazy world we live in while touching on and at times delving into hot topics. A fun and terrific read.

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Boring and weak story

The characters are dull and I didn't understand why these people were even into each other. The story and character development was very weak with a lot of social and political issues thrown in.

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The equivalent of a meeting that should have been an email.

First one of his books that I have not enjoyed. Very little happens and really couldn't understand why he bothered with this.

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Good, despite Hornby mailing it in

I've been checking for new work by Nick Hornby for years, having read all of his prior works of fiction, including listening to books that I originally read in print. Yet somehow I missed this one when it was first released. I feel, now that I've read it, that it came in under the radar because Hornby basically just mailed it in, rehashing familiar themes without breaking new ground.

Despite that, despite a deflating opening hour that seemed trite and dated, it does come together with good characters and interesting situations -- a 42 year old divorcee dating a 22 year old black man on the eve of the Brexit vote and its immediate aftermath. Hornby doesn't break any new ground, as already mentioned, perhaps even purposely avoiding it.

But it's decent enough fare for fans of his type of storytelling.

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book club fail

audible narration was only good part. crap storyline. clearly meant as screenplay for mediocre movie.

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Began slow and got slower. tried really hard to give it a chance but just couldn't get past the first three chapters.

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Meh!!

The book was a slow start, picked up in the middle but died at the end. Definitely not what I was expecting.

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I love anything Nick Hornby writes

And this book is a winner. Topical, funny, engaging, beautifully mastered for audio. Love, love, love.

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