Just Like You

Just Like You

Large Print - 2020
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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2020]
Edition: First large print edition.
ISBN: 9780593295564
0593295560
Characteristics: 447 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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1weekand1fortnight
Dec 09, 2020

“It was a time when everyone was vowing never to forgive people. Politicians were never going to be forgiven for what they had done, friends and family were never going to be forgiven for the way they had voted, for what they had said, maybe even for what they thought. Most of the time people were not being forgiven for being themselves. Politicians who had lied every day of their professional lives were not forgiven for lying. People who lived in cities were not forgiven for being metropolitan, people who were poor were not forgiven for expressing dissatisfaction, old people were not forgiven for being old and scared. But was that all there was to them?

And could you only love someone who thought the same way as you?”

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KatG1983
Dec 09, 2020

I have read almost every Hornby novel, and I find his writing generally warm, charming and comforting, like putting on a well-worn sweater on a crisp winter morning. Just Like You falls into this category, and I was happy to have spent time with Hornby characters, again. However I did have some hesitation about a middle aged white man writing from the perspective of a young black man, especially when a lot of the book is examining views of race relations. Also Brexit features prominently, and Hornby fence sits a little too much for my liking... a little..."good people on both sides" vibes. Anyway, worth a read, but to be taken with a grain of salt.

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ownedbydoxies
Nov 17, 2020

Not his best, in my opinion. There's a lot of Brexit talk among the characters, and to my thinking he never did really show what on earth actually drew the two main characters together. Was it just sheer lust? Or something more? He hints at something more, but doesn't illustrate what the something more might be. So I didn't feel like the characters were well thought out. Disappointing but an okay read all the same.

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Urbano
Nov 17, 2020

For years, Nick Hornby was one of my favourite authors. Then, a few novels back, I stopped finding the delight and comfort I used to find in his books such as "A Long Way Down" and "About a Boy". So I approached "Just Like You" with a bit of trepidation. I'm relieved to say the author I knew and loved is back. I so enjoyed this tale of a mismatched couple (she: mid-40s, divorced, white, university educated, middle-class, anti-Brexit; he: early 20s; single, black, working-class, pro-Brexit) who fall in love in spite of themselves. But with all their differences, does love stand a chance?

All the characters, in the best Hornby-style in this book were so relatable, so real. The situations, also relatable and real. In these politically and culturally fractured times, I found hope in the question Hornby asks his readers: How much alike do we need to be in order to love each other?

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EmilyEm
Oct 31, 2020

Forty something and recently separated Lucy finds herself drawn to the much younger Joseph, after he babysits her school-age sons, Al and Dylan.

Set with Brexit and the 2016 US election as background, Hornby writes a warmhearted look at race, class and generational divides through the eyes of Lucy and Joseph’s May-September romance. Loved It. Classic Hornby. Such talent.

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