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The Understudy by David Nicholls
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Nicholls has been compared a lot with Nick Hornby, and in fact I've forgotten that I wasn't reading Hornby several times while reading his books (I've also read "One Day" One Day).

Nicholls is just a modicum more serious, though just as irreverent, and his books don't go down quite as smoothly, but they're definitely hilarious and uneasily candid looks at the lives of deeply flawed people.

I enjoy these characters that are not entirely unloveable yet certainly not wholly sympathetic. They're more real, and you feel for them yet shake your head at the same time. You feel as though the characters could be regular people reading this book and shaking their heads too, while acknowledging that in the same positions, they the reader might make the same dumb choices.
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