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Juliet, Naked

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Annie loves Duncan — or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn't. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music ten years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life.

In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a connection is forged between tw...more
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Riverhead Hardcover (first published 2009)
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Kim
Why do we read? No, it’s not a rhetorical question. It’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot the last few days. I mean, yeah.. the obvious reasons… to access information, to brush up on our morality, because we’ve been assigned to. So we can have uh.. passionate discussions, hook up, impress, escape, retreat and regroup. So we don’t feel as alone as…As what? That’s for you to answer.. not me.

So, Nick Hornby is one of my revered authors. He’s a downright O-M-G in my little realm of esc...more
Steve
If you’re familiar with Nick Hornby, or better still, if you’ve read this book, then the following quiz will test how well your impressions correlate with mine. If you’re not familiar with Hornby, but are clued in to my own predilections (a puerile sense of humor among them), this will measure your powers of observation. If you could hardly care less about me or ol’ Nick, but can’t pass up a chance to test your quiz-taking abilities, you might still enjoy having a go. Eliminating the barmiest ch...more
Tony Mac
The first half of this book is Hornby at his best – creating interesting, believable characters and exploring the dynamics of relationships with his usual ear for dialogue and understanding of people’s often highly personal obsessions and motivations.

Surprisingly however, once all the characters are properly introduced and the scenario established, the author seems to lose his way. When the story should be gearing towards a climax with the central characters finally coming together its as if Ho...more
Teresa
All night I was going back and forth in my head as to whether to give this 4 or 5 stars, and as I couldn't think of why not to give it 5, I decided to do so. I really enjoyed this character-driven book. Hornby has a warm and generous talent for creating honest, flawed, likable characters. (And for those who might think Hornby can only create male characters, he's created a female protagonist here (Annie) that is as good as the main character (Katie) in "How to be Good.") Along with Hornby's fun,...more
Patrick
It’s funny, writing a review of this book, because in many ways, I’m Duncan, the obsessed fan who puts the book’s plot into motion. Nick Hornby is something of a hero of mine. I read a lot as a kid, but sort of got away from it as I got older, as it seems so many people do these days. But then I read ‘High Fidelity’ and it’s like something lit up inside me. I immediately devoured everything I could by Hornby (which, at the time, wasn’t much—‘About a Boy’ and ‘Fever Pitch’), and then moved onto a...more
Michael
I went into this book thinking "Who would Hugh Grant play in the movie adaptation" and who would play all the other characters. I’ve settled on Emily Blunt for Annie, Hugh Grant as Duncan and Tucker Crowe to be played by Jeff Bridges. Needless to say, I had a lot of fun reading this book; it just fitted so well as an English Rom-Com and I enjoyed every minute of this book. There is no great depth to this book but it was a pleasure to read.
James Thane
Nick Hornby has written a number of very good novels focusing on music and the sometimes geeky males who become obsessed with it to the point where they never really escape their adolescence. In consequence, their romantic lives are usually a mess as well.

Enter Duncan, an undistinguished British college professor is a small, backwater seaside town. Duncan, who teaches his students how to properly understand the significance of American television programs like "The Wire," has devoted much of his...more
Kristin
A tremendous waste of time.
Granted, there were some funny parts and Nick Hornby creates some characters with unique voices. Only I didn't care for Annie, Duncan, or Tucker. Their unique selves can die now for all I care. Tucker can care for his annoying son all he can (his one semi-redeeming quality), and I'll still prefer his timely demise over any dramatic discovery of inner peace.
I'm sorry, I don't believe even the power of one night of sex can solve problems you've had for more than ten year...more
Caris
Dec 03, 2009 Caris rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
Since seventh grade, my favorite band has been The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. I loved their signature blend of ska, punk, and metal for a number of happy years. And then something bad happened: they broke up.

My world ended. I was depressed. But time went by and I grew to accept it. Every now and again, I would check the Internet for any rumors of their resurrection.

And, last week, I found some.

It turns out that they have not only reunited, they have also recorded a new album (Pin Points and Gin J...more
Joel
Pop culture references, check. Rock music obsession, check. A cast of adult males who act like stunted children, check. Yup, this is a Nick Hornby novel, all right. It's also his most entertaining book in quite a while, even if it is a retread of his most successful books (that would be High Fidelity and About a Boy). But then, I was no fan of How to Be Good or A Long Way Down, two books in which he tried to do something different. It's not that I love the original formula that much; it just doe...more
Guido
Un libro divertente e, a tratti, commovente. Niente di straordinario, se conoscete "Alta fedeltà" - indubbiamente questo non raggiunge quelle vette, ma il terreno, quello della commedia romantica/musicale, è quello su cui Hornby si trova più a suo agio, e si vede. Alcune pagine sono meno brillanti di altre, ma l'esperienza dell'autore lo aiuta a evitare la noia. Mi sono piaciuti tantissimo i personaggi, in particolare Tucker Crowe, ex cantante in piena crisi personale e professionale, e Annie, c...more
Jodi
Nick Hornby is at his best when he writes about music. He has that inexplicable ability to convey what music means in a way that seems incredibly personal to him and yet universal at the same time. He’s so good when he writes about music that it often seems like he’s the first one to express that thought in such a wonderful way. He’s not so good at writing about relationships, which is why Juliet, Naked is about 50% great, 50% total crap, and 100% frustrating.

First of all, if this book were writ...more
Trin
You can really tell that it's been 15 years since Nick Hornby wrote High Fidelity, and I mean that in the best possible way. Though I've always liked Hornby's writing--he's funny, he creates rich characters and never caricatures, and he's one of the few writers I can think of who tackles the topics of fannishness and obsession--High Fidelity, his first novel--and, according to many of my male friends, his best--has always bugged me a bit. The attitudes, especially toward women, of Rob and his fr...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Annie, Duncan and Tucker find themselves in a strange love triangle. Annie and Duncan have been a couple for 15 years, but Duncan's obsession with former rock star Tucker Crowe has always been an issue. Now after years of being a recluse, an acoustic version of Tucker's famous album "Juliet" has been released, fanning the flames of Duncan's fanboy web postings - and making Annie question their relationship more than ever. Add in Tucker emailing Annie and this threesome just got a little more com...more
Donna Radcliff
When I started this book, I didn't really didn't care for it, but it wasn't so bad that I couldn't finish it. Then, somewhere close to the middle, I suddenly realized I really liked Juliet, Naked. I don't know how it happened, but there you go. The three main characters are Annie, a young woman closing in on forty who gave up 15 (and her most fertile)years to Duncan whom she never was really all that in love with anyway. Duncan is a rather boring, nerdy professor and an obsessive devotee to Tuck...more
Georg
My personal Nick Hornby career was literally “A Long Way Down”. 5 stars for “High Fidelity”, 4 stars for “About a Boy”, 3 for “Fever Pitch” (ok, the book was better but I don’t like Arsenal), 2 for “A Long Way Down” and one for “Slam”. So why did I buy (and read) “Naked”? First because I was curious what would come next after one star. Second because someone from my NY-community told me that Neil Young had a short appearance in “Naked” as he had in “High Fidelity”. If only with “Farmer John” fro...more
Wingedbeaver
Only Nick Hornby could make me want to listen to a musician who doesn't exist. Hornby's descriptions of his fabled character and his genius albums made me want to download all his music on to my IPod, but I had to keep reminding myself that there is no Tucker Crowe, there is no "Juliet". I became so invested in the characters and their music obsessions that I wanted to hear it too, I wanted to be able to make my own decision on Crowe's legacy.
Outside the music Hornby makes great points about wha...more
Grace Tjan
In Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby returns to his favorite stock character: the emotionally stunted fanboy. He’s considerably older, though, and somehow more distasteful in his petty obsessiveness, perhaps because we are finally allowed to see him through the eyes of the long-suffering woman who wasted the best years of her life hanging around him. Duncan’s obsession with Tucker Crowe, an obscure singer-songwriter who has not released any new material after his seminal 1986 album, Juliet, is not just...more
Oystergirl
I am not much of a reviewer. My reviews tend to entail saying “That was awesome” or “That was ok”. I’m pretty good at rating things, x out of 5 stars or whatever. Unless there’s some ambivalence or caveat, which there often is. I guess I’m not so good at rating things.

When I do come across something I loved and want to share, I tend to cite quotes and passages as a way to tell people why they need to read/watch the intended work. Because I prize comedy above all else, funny, stand-alone, microco...more
Sarah
There was a book that also came out last year called "The Song Is You", which touched on similar themes of music and obsession. I strongly disliked it. The themes fare much better in Nick Hornby's hands. Even his fanatics have their sympathetic sides. I feel more for his characters because they feel more like real people. It's to his credit that the one scene that I dreaded as inevitable never happened, and much better scenes happened instead.

As always, his prose seems effortless. If the goal of...more
Mark Stevens
Reading "Juliet, Naked" by Nick Hornby, I could help think of the lyrics to “Superfan” (Cracker) written by Johnny Hickman: "I heard the words, now here I am / You were talking to me, I'm your super fan / I loved you then, I love you still / But if I can't have you, no-one will."

Rock stars and their fans. Is there any way to describe the special bond? When you love a band, you think they hold the key to the universe and that they speak to your soul. It’s magic. Yes, I’m speaking from experience....more
Marianne
Juliet, Naked is the seventh novel by British author, Nick Hornby. Thirty-nine-year-old former teacher, Annie Platt is curator of the museum in Gooleness, a dead-end seaside town in the north of England. Duncan, her partner of some fifteen years, is a teacher and the moderator of a website dedicated to a reclusive American singer/songwriter from the nineteen-eighties, Tucker Crowe. Annie has been telling her (rather too judgemental) therapist, Malcolm every Saturday morning that she feels dissat...more
Melanie
Loved, loved, loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I read About a Boy back when I was a junior in high school (gosh, about 8 years ago?) and I loved it. I can't believe that I hadn't picked up another Nick Hornby novel until now. I got this book at the Book Expo in NYC back at the end of May. It was the last "uncorrected proof" or whatever that the publisher had - I feel so lucky that I was able to snag it! Anyway, Juliet, Naked is hilarious, straightforward, and original. I love Hornby's st...more
Anna
Nick Hornby has been one of my favorite British writers, since I discovered High Fidelity (first as a movie, I admit!) 10 years ago. Until now, of the three books I've read by him, I'd say they rank 1. High Fidelity, 2. How to Be Good and 3. About a Boy in terms of my liking of them/the story's staying power. I struggle with where to add this one to that ranking, but it's not 1 or 2.

I really wanted to delight in this book, and it gave me several good hours of enjoyment, even some gleeful laughs...more
Anne
I love this book! It is poignant, wise, and laugh out loud funny, sometimes all on the same page. Annie has been with Duncan for fifteen years in a tiny seaside English town and suddenly realizes that his obsession for a singer-songwriter who stopped recording in the 1980's is more passionate than his feelings for her. This realization comes during a pilgrimage to the U.S. to see all the places meaningful to Tucker Crowe, when Duncan asks her to photograph him in the toilet of a midwestern club...more
Pete W
You may wonder what the point is in reviewing books one doesn't like. In this particular case the point is saving you the precious moments you might have spent reading this tedious composition of utter dross.

I understand that Nick Hornby is one of the most popular writers in the UK, which shows I probably don't understand much. I've never read any of his other books, and after reading this, never will.

To the point (which is, I hasten to mention, something this book does not find itself in posses...more
Jon
I thoroughly enjoyed this one from beginning to end--thought it much more successful than How to Be Good, where I thought Hornby got himself into a narrative dilemma that he couldn't work his way out of. This one deals, as always in his work, with male-female relationships--generally immature men and confused women trying to find ways to coexist. This one also deals brilliantly with popular music, obsessive internet "communities," ephemeral fame, fatherhood, and wasted lives. Hornby is a master...more
Alicia
I've grown weary of Nick Hornby's archetypal obsessive, emotionally stunted fan boy. It was funny the first few times. The big change-up here is that we see the fan boy (Duncan) mostly through the eyes of the woman he annoys (Annie). And Duncan is obsessed with a washed-up, reclusive American songwriter named Tucker Crowe who's likened to Bob Dylan, Springsteen, and/or Leonard Cohen approximately 42 times throughout the book. Annie is a compelling character, and Nick Hornby is still a good story...more
Tracie
Nick Hornby is probably my favorite author. But I more or less completely hated A Long Way Down, so I approached Juliet, Naked with guarded expectations. Zan told me it was back up to Hornby's usual speed, and to my delight it was. It's clever and accessible, and presents wonderful little bits on art and artists and pop culture. Hornby tries again with writing in different first person POVs for the three main characters, and he pulls it off better than he did in A Long Way Down, but I still thin...more
Lizzy
Feb 05, 2010 Lizzy added it
This review was written by John Valentine and posted by Lizzy Mottern.

Fifteen years ago, pre-internet and pre-gossipblogs, Nick Hornby’s breakout book High Fidelity nailed the record store nerd/vinyl junkie scene. I loved the book, I loved the movie. How couldn’t I? I have crates of LP’s, coveted bootlegs, picture sleeve 45’s and fanzines, too.

Juliet, Naked might be called a reflective follow-up. Peopled by reflective songwriters, know-it-all-bloggers, and aging boomer rock stars considering par...more
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