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Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
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Jan 18, 2010

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Nick Hornby, the master chronicler of obsessions, returns with another winning novel about obsessives and how those obsessions both bring people together and drive massive wedges between them.

In Juliet, Naked, Hornby introduces us to a trio that forms, to borrow the title from a New Order song, a bizarre love triangle. We're introduced to Duncan, a slightly socially-inept superfan of Tucker Crowe, a reclusive singer-songwriter whose last album Juliet spawned more interpretation, rumor and innuendo than the Dead Sea Scrolls; Annie, Duncan's long-suffering girlfriend who pines for a more simpler life, one that doesn't involve endlessly listening to Tucker Crowe and traveling to locations that are part of Tucker Crowe lore; and Tucker Crowe himself, who, while living in self-imposed exile, is keenly and utterly aware of the legend and folklore that's been built by Crowe obsessives.

(The title Juliet, Naked refers to an acoustic version of Juliet that Crowe's about to release, one that Duncan, as a world-renown Crowe-ologist gets an advanced copy of, which spurs new Internet chatter as to the meaning of every word uttered on Juliet)

Eventually, that bizarre love triangle converges; Annie leaves Duncan, tired of how 15 years of her life were wasted on a man who was in love with someone else. On a whim, Annie writes up a review of Juliet, Naked and posts her review on Crowe-related websites, a review which infuriates Duncan but piques the interest and approval of one man who claims to be Tucker Crowe.

I won't give away too much about that bizarre love triangle, but there's a sequence in which Hornby merges both that charming awkwardness and creepy fandom into several paragraphs that are both hilarious and cringe-inducing. Classic Hornby right there.

Juliet, Naked awkward, deeply funny, and a bold rumination about love and obsession and living up to the expectations of others. Highly recommended.

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message 1: by Malbadeen (new)

Malbadeen Do you listen to Maximum Fun? Here's an interview with Hornby, if not:
but here's a WAY FUNNIER podcast with Nick Hornby that has nothing to do with his books but he co-hosts and I thought it was pretty dang hilarious!!!

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