Neon in Daylight
New York City in 2012, the sweltering summer before Hurricane Sandy hits. Kate, a young woman newly arrived from England, is staying in a Manhattan apartment while she tries to figure out her future. She has two unfortunate responsibilities during her time in America: to make regular Skype calls to her miserable boyfriend back home, and to cat-sit an indifferent feline nam...more
There is one really important thing I look for when I'm reading. I want a voice. I want to be pulled in. I want a book to grab me. I'm not very patient about it either, I want to feel that compulsion to turn pages right away. Hoby accomplished that. I tend to g ...more
So let’s start with the “love. Hermione Hoby can write and she’s not afraid to take risks with her characters. Although she is not a native New Yorker, she channels the New York vibe and her style is edgy, witty in places, and often compulsively page-turning.
At the core of her novel is a triangle: young Kate, a London transplant, who is spending the summer in her mother’s friend’ ...more
“He pocketed the note and kept it, as a way of honoring unrequited, late-adolescent love. Which she’d look back on in twenty years’ time, most likely, with humor and affection. It’s never love, as soon as you feel the next love. Because isn’t that a prerequisite of the condition? That you tell yourself everything that came before wasn’t really it.”
Kate moved from England to find her ...more
The story takes place in NYC between a hot summer and hurricane Sandy not that it mattered and neither event has any baring on the story, but the book is about 3 terribly stereotypical, boring, self absorbed people.
Kate is visiting from England, staying at a friend of her mothers place while the friend is doing her mid life crisis Eat, Pray, Love world trip- the autho ...more
"I fucking hate Jane Austen. But maybe that’s more the fault of simpering BBC dramas than Jane Austen herself, whom I haven’t read since I was like, fourte ...more
so much squandered potential. setting your novel in manhattan should not/does not grant the narrative automatic significance. there's no plot, no sympathetic characters, no strong sense of place beyond the author knowing the names of some city streets. dialogue is horrendous. worst of all, the novel just doesn't SAY anything; aimlessness seems to be its plot and point. neon in daylight exemplifies the worst impulses of young writers. ...more
The story isn't engaging. I didn't feel drawn to any of the characters. This is a very rare time that I didn't finish this book. There were too many other good books waiting for me on my nightstand.
Overall, Neon in Daylight was highly disappointing. ...more
I thought t ...more
I'd actually give this 4.25 stars.
Ann Patchett said this book had her "spellbound" and that sentiment is spot on. I was captivated by the characters. So interested in Kate ...more
Neon in Daylight, (a novel by a first-time author that releases next week) takes place in NYC in the Summer and Fall of 2012. It's told through the rotating perspective of three characters-- two young women and a middle-aged man.
Hermione Hoby writes beautifully. I found her descriptions of the mundane delightful. I laughed when I realized she had moved me with a character's description of a bathroo ...more
This story has a lot going for it. I don't want to spoil any plot points because going into it not knowing what I was getting into made me enjoy it more... Or at least I assume so. Hoby's writing is fantastic, and kept me reading even when the plot came close to becoming boring (which it seldom did). I really enjoyed the use of multiple perspectives, and the exploration of city life. There are some themes here that have been mishandled by other writers that are explored with maturi ...more
The opening to this novel packs a punch and is probably one of the best and sharpest openers to a book I have read.
Kate is British, studying in England but has reached a bit of an impasse in her life and in her relationship with boyfriend George. She has been given the opportunity to cat sit in an apartment in New York (where she is looking after the feline Joni Mitchell) and happily descends on the city to ponder her future. A chance encounter in a park ...more
Which is to say I generally enjoy character driven contemporary fiction that is all about people hanging out, doing a whole lot of mundane shit, and letting their relationships spin out and grow from the ‘every day.’
The caveat with that is that they have to be good characters to begin with. The progression of relationships have to make sense. If you’re going to write a character driven story then let the characters drive the story.
Neon in Daylight has th ...more