Synopses & Reviews
From the bestselling author ofand#160;High Fidelity,and#160;About a Boy, andand#160;A Long Way Downand#160;comes a highly anticipated new novel.
and#160; Set in 1960's London,and#160;Funny Girland#160;
is a livelyand#160;account ofand#160;the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation fromand#160;provincial ingand#233;nue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful andand#160;humorous, Nick Hornby's latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.
"Hornby pens a first novel for teens that is a sweet and funny story about mistakes and choices." VOYA
"Like the movie Knocked Up, this is a story about an accidental pregnancy that nudges the male protagonist into adulthood....[S]trong and disturbing, a must read for older boys." Kirkus Reviews
"We know exactly how Sam feels even when he feels differently from the beginning of a sentence to the end and it feels just right: a vertiginous mix of anger, confusion, insight, humor, and love." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Hornby's witty, gentle genius shines through." USA Today
"Vintage Hornby: a witty trek inside the emotional life of the modern male." People
Hornbys witty, gentle genius shines through.
With Sam, Hornby has given us another of his perfectly imperfect male characters...Sparkling.
By turns funny and heartbreaking.
Hornby is a poet of the everyday, the ordinary.
We want to hear whatever [Sam] has got to saythe whole scary, hilarious story.
Offers wry insights into the male psyche, making this book a good bet for Hornby fans, no matter their age.
Hornby truthfully dissects the male psyche.
Praise for Nick Hornby
and#8220; Hornby is a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent, and emotionally generous all at once.and#8221;and#8212;The New York Times Book Review
and#160; and#8220; Messy and funny and lovely. . .Hornbyand#8217;s is one of the funniest and most subtle voices in contemporary fiction.and#8221;and#8212;Chicago Tribune
and#160; and#8220; [Nick Hornby] has a knack for creating appealingly irresolute characters and is a genial guy with excellent taste and a smart, irreverent sense of humor.and#8221;and#8212;The Boston Globe
Praise for Funny Girl
"[Hornbyand#8217;s] most ambitious novel to date... he makes the reader care for his characters as much as he does.and#8221;and#8212;Starred Kirkus Review
"Beautifully captures the thrill of youthful success and of discovering your own talent." and#8212;Daily Telegraph
"Funny Girl may be read as Hornby's latest defence of popular entertainment against high-culture elitism. Funny Girl makes his case for him eloquently and entertainingly ... both hugely enjoyable and deceptively artful." and#8212;Spectator
"I loved this hymn to the 1960s, their infinite creative possibilities." and#8212;Scotsman
"Endearing, humorous and touching. Hugely enjoyable." and#8212;Sunday Mirror
Just when everything is coming together for Sam, his girlfriend Alicia drops a bombshell. Make that ex-girlfriend — because by the time she tells him she's pregnant, they've already called it quits. Sam does not want to be a teenage dad.
There's only one person Sam can turn to — his hero, skating legend Tony Hawk. Sam believes the answers to life's hurdles can be found in Hawk's autobiography. But even Tony Hawk isn't offering answers this time — or is he? In this wonderfully witty, poignant story about a teenage boy unexpectedly thrust into fatherhood, it's up to Sam to make the right decisions so the bad things that could happen, well, don't.
Hornby's first novel for young adults — a wonderfully witty, poignant, New York Times-bestselling story about a teenage boy who is unexpectedly thrust into fatherhood — is now available in a trade-sized paperback edition.
The #1 New York Times
bestseller, now in paperback!
For 16-year-old Sam, life is about to get extremely complicated. He and his girlfriend — make that ex-girlfriend — Alicia have gotten themselves into a bit of trouble. Sam is suddenly forced to grow up and struggle with the familiar fears and inclinations that haunt us all.
Nick Hornby's poignant and witty novel shows a rare and impressive understanding of human relationships and what it really means to be a man.
The #1 New York Times bestseller now in paperback.
For 16-year-old Sam, life is about to get extremely complicated. He and his girlfriend—make that ex-girlfriend— Alicia have gotten themselves into a bit of trouble. Sam is suddenly forced to grow up and struggle with the familiar fears and inclinations that haunt us all.
Nick Hornby’s poignant and witty novel shows a rare and impressive understanding of human relationships and what it really means to be a man.
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About the Author
The New Yorker calls bestselling author Nick Hornby "the maestro of the male confessional." He is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Polysyllabic Spree, and editor of the short story collection Speaking with the Angel. He is the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award, and the Orange Word International Writers' London Award 2003.