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Juliet, Naked

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  38,575 ratings  ·  3,874 reviews
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
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Riverhead Books (first published 2009)
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Philippa I thought it was that no one had realised that why Tucker was supposed to be utterly smitten by Julie, he must have been sleeping with Grace's mum.…moreI thought it was that no one had realised that why Tucker was supposed to be utterly smitten by Julie, he must have been sleeping with Grace's mum. Therefore the original Juliet album, which was suppsed to be an ode to Julie, was actually just a collection of songs without the deep meaning that had been atached ot them. However, as none of his fans realised he had kids this isn't altogether surpising.(less)
Joe Bright I saw the film and loved it. It's what made me decide to read the book. I'd definitely recommend both. The film closely follows the book, but not…moreI saw the film and loved it. It's what made me decide to read the book. I'd definitely recommend both. The film closely follows the book, but not exactly. The ending of the film is more definitive than the book, which I like.(less)

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(B) 75% | More than Satisfactory
Notes: Well written but lacks vigor, excitement and soul. Characters change, but so predictably as to garner very little effect.
Oct 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 16, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Juliet, Naked” spoke to me on a personal level at this point in my life, right after the end of a long term relationship. Nick Hornby really nails the emotions of a breakup, and the painful recognition of a stagnant life. So many folks are together because of the presence of a comfortable mundane routine. This novel deftly captures how that can trap you with the wrong person in a manner I have rarely seen so effectively used in modern literature.
This book is about finding what really matters in
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Well that was... extremely disappointing 😐
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 a reason 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 f ...more
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Wie ich schon mehrmals in einigen Rezensionen erwähnt habe, halte ich Nick Hornby für einen großartigen Starter von Romanen, die wenigsten Autoren können so gut unvermittelt und auch mit ein bisschen beißender Ironie eine Geschichte beginnen, aber auch für einen der schlechtesten Finisher im Literaturbetrieb. Entweder er läßt gleich quasi die Tastatur fallen, oder er vergeigt den ursprünglichen Plot derart nachhaltig, dass es ein Graus ist. So wie es mein Goodreads-Freund Armin formuliert hat, a ...more
Clif Hostetler
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: novel
This novel provides a satirical look at rock fandom practiced to an absurd degree. Or perhaps it’s a novel about losers who hide from their vacuous lives by imagining genius artistic talent in a rock star who disappeared years ago from public view. Either way it turned out to be a pretty good story.

I approached this book with the expectation that I wasn’t going to like the book. I figured it was going to be about unhappy people making unwise life decisions as I have found true for some other pop
Dec 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-read
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
Aug 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Любимата ми книга на Ник Хорнби! Не бях чела нищо негово скоро и тази ми подейства ужасно добре. И пак имам любим герой, който ми напомня на Ричард Кац от Свобода на Франзен. Този път се казва Тъкър Кроу.
В романа има много взаимоотношения с през проблемите на сегашното време. Има музика и разни други мои си неща. Готина история, супер роман.

Истината за даден човек винаги е разочароваща.

Трябва да призная, че никога не успях да разбера какво е двама души да си пасват (...) Събираме се с други хор
Nov 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, audiobooks
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
Sep 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Es gibt Bücher, die unterhalten einen mäßig. Andere findet man einfach nicht gut. Und einige wenige machen einen richtig wütend, da sie von unterirdischer Qualität sind oder man einfach maßlos enttäuscht wurde. Juliet, nacked gehörte definitiv zur letzten Kategorie bei mir. Ich schätze Nick Hornby sehr als Autor, der liebevoll über (seine) Obsessionen schreiben kann. Das meiner Ansicht nach beste Buch über Fußball stammt aus seiner Feder. Fever Pitch. Und auch seine Musikbesessenheit hat er herv ...more
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Donna Radcliff
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado mucho, especialmente el personaje de Annie. El autor ha sabido sacar partido a la estupidez e infantilismo que a veces acompaña al fenómeno fan, consiguiendo momentos surrealistas que me han hecho sonreír.
Deseando ver la película para comprobar como han resuelto ese final...
Oct 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
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
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regno-unito
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
Caro the Helmet Lady
If it's Nick Hornby there would probably be some music, thought I. And of course, it even had headphones on the cover. I like it when Hornby writes about the music. Also, I like when he writes about people. People listen to music in his books. Always.
What I liked about this book the most was an unusual situation and a funny twist to it. I didn't particularly like the characters - there was so much about the egos, egos, EGOS!!! at times it was just too much. I mean - I agreed with many things, b
Pete W
Jul 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, comedy
There seems to be a school of thought that unless Nick Hornby conjures up another fever pitch or high fidelity what's the point? Seems rather unfair to the writer and in this particular case would mean missing out on a fine funny novel. Everyone knows an obsessive like Duncan and everyone has felt like Ann wondering where their life went and is it to late. I like that the book comes up with a resounding no it isn't. It probably is but that's the great thing about fiction.

Umm reading the above I
Grace Tjan
Dec 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anglo-irish
Mitleidsdreier für einen klinischen Fall von Selbstsabotage,

von mir auch aus Kompromiss zwischen 60% in denen das Buch auf dem Weg zu vier Sternen war, ehe der Autor, geradezu reflexartig alles ruinieren musste. Nick Hornby kann einfach nicht anders, dabei versprach der Anfang Fortschritte in allen Bereichen, auch wegen der gelungenen Integration des Internets und seiner Möglichkeiten in die Gesamtkonstellation.
Der rechthaberische Experte auf einem vollkommen marginalen Gebiet und Langweiler in
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Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, Slam, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, and The Polysyllabic Spree, as well as the editor of the short-story collection Speaking with the Angel. He is a recipient of the American Acade ...more
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