‘Us’ by David Nicholls – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads

David Nicholls brings to bear all the wit and intelligence that graced ONE DAY in this brilliant, bittersweet novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014.

Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together.

So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.

The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.

What could possibly go wrong?

My Review

This was a well written book with reference to the quality of the prose, its poignancy, its deconstruction of a marriage…

So I can well understand how it was long listed for the Booker Prize back in whatever year that was… but my god did I hate this book.

I hated it.

It felt like some sort of slow torture… which admittedly might have been David Nicholls’ aim because it is about the minutiae of the ugliness of family life… but I still hated it.

It felt painfully repetitive to me. I mean how many times did we have to be told how artistic Connie was and how very much not Douglas was. I couldn’t take it.

Not until more than half way did the book pick up any sort of forward-moving pace. And usually I am all for messy characters who do things that make them less than likeable… but wow if I had my choice I would pack Douglas, Connie and Albie off to some remote desert island so they could no longer frustrate the rest of the planet. Thank god they were fictional.

So I guess two stars would be fair because of the quality of the book and its authenticity…….. but I hated it.

And I mean HATED it and this is my personal little ranting space so one star it is…

Oops Sorry David Nicholls. I still adore ‘One Day’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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16 thoughts on “‘Us’ by David Nicholls – Book Review

  1. I’ve actually looked at this book and put it back before buying it a few times now (most recently, yesterday) because I wasn’t really sure if I liked the sound of it. I’m so pleased I’ve read your review because it’s convinced me that I shouldn’t buy it 😂

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  2. Awwwww!!! I am soo sorry you hated the book, hon! ☹️☹️☹️ And form one of your favorite authors too!! Thats gotta suck! 🥺🥺

    Still…I just….your review has intrigued me beyond words!! ❤️❤️ AND I THINK I AM GONNA LOOK OUT FOR THIS ONE! 🤣❤️😍 AWESOME REVIEWW AS ALWAYS EMER! You make 1 star revjews FUNN!! 🤣🤣😍😍😍❤️❤️

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  3. Oof, this one sounds like a bit of a snooze fest. I have to admit even if the writing is spectacular, I just can’t with boring books. If I’m gone, then I’m DNF gone. Fabulously honest review Emer (as always!) 🙂 Jen

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