I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I had agreed in advance that I would read it with a friend but when it came to actually starting the book I wasn't particularly enthusiastic - whilst I like football, I certainly am not obsessed with it (as Hornby is) and so I wasn't sure if I'd like the book or not.
I shouldn't have worried. The book pulled me in from the first page. This is the first book I've read by Hornby and it won't be my last. It tracks his obsession with football from his very first game, through the ups and downs, right up to when the book was written. The writing flows and the descriptions are vivid enough that you can imagine you're watching the game.
This book is much more than just a book about football. Its a memoir of 99% of football fans out there. Having known a number of football fanatics, this book has made me realise why they are so obsessed with the game. It has made me realise why I cannot ever rely on them when making plans for weekends during the summer
The book is filled with Hornby's humour and I frequently found myself laughing at his anecdotes. This was a surprisingly fun book to read and I'm not an obsessive where football is concerned. I would imagine that this book would be the perfect read for anyone with more than a passing interest in football.