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Juliet, Naked

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  34,681 Ratings  ·  3,546 Reviews
Nick Hornby returns to his roots-music and messy relationships-in this funny and touching new novel which thoughtfully and sympathetically looks at how lives can be wasted but how they are never beyond redemption. Annie lives in a dull town on England's bleak east coast and is in a relationship with Duncan which mirrors the place; Tucker was once a brilliant songwriter and ...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Riverhead (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)
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Kim
Oct 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Steve
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Patrick
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Teresa
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 why 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 fun, ...more
Michael
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jodi
Dec 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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j
Nov 24, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2010
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
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
Oystergirl
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Trin
Aug 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Donna Radcliff
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kaloyana
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Georg
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
Guido
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
Wingedbeaver
Oct 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Grace Tjan
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
Melanie
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I read About a Boy back when I was a junior in high school (gosh, about 8 years ago?) and I loved it. I can't believe that I hadn't picked up another Nick Hornby novel until now. I got this book at the Book Expo in NYC back at the end of May. It was the last "uncorrected proof" or whatever that the publisher had - I feel so lucky that I was able to snag it! Anyway, Juliet, Naked is hilarious, straightforward, and original. I love Hornby's st ...more
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
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Alicia
Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a book that also came out last year called "The Song Is You", which touched on similar themes of music and obsession. I strongly disliked it. The themes fare much better in Nick Hornby's hands. Even his fanatics have their sympathetic sides. I feel more for his characters because they feel more like real people. It's to his credit that the one scene that I dreaded as inevitable never happened, and much better scenes happened instead.

As always, his prose seems effortless. If the goal of
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James
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mark Stevens
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading "Juliet, Naked" by Nick Hornby, I could help think of the lyrics to “Superfan” (Cracker) written by Johnny Hickman: "I heard the words, now here I am / You were talking to me, I'm your super fan / I loved you then, I love you still / But if I can't have you, no-one will."

Rock stars and their fans. Is there any way to describe the special bond? When you love a band, you think they hold the key to the universe and that they speak to your soul. It’s magic. Yes, I’m speaking from experience.
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Anna
Mar 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: better-junk-food
Nick Hornby has been one of my favorite British writers, since I discovered High Fidelity (first as a movie, I admit!) 10 years ago. Until now, of the three books I've read by him, I'd say they rank 1. High Fidelity, 2. How to Be Good and 3. About a Boy in terms of my liking of them/the story's staying power. I struggle with where to add this one to that ranking, but it's not 1 or 2.

I really wanted to delight in this book, and it gave me several good hours of enjoyment, even some gleeful laughs
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Marianne
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Juliet, Naked is the seventh novel by British author, Nick Hornby. Thirty-nine-year-old former teacher, Annie Platt is curator of the museum in Gooleness, a dead-end seaside town in the north of England. Duncan, her partner of some fifteen years, is a teacher and the moderator of a website dedicated to a reclusive American singer/songwriter from the nineteen-eighties, Tucker Crowe. Annie has been telling her (rather too judgemental) therapist, Malcolm every Saturday morning that she feels dissat ...more
Judy
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After being disappointed by 'A Long Way Down', I loved every minute of this new Nick Hornby novel. It's a great return to form, written with all his characteristic wit and insight and featuring the sorts of characters only he can create, like the obsessed fan, Duncan, who spends his whole life analysing a few albums by long-forgotten singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, and Tucker himself. I thought the two men were probably the strongest characters, but also liked the fed-up heroine, Annie. While I ...more
Fionnuala
More than a sum of its parts
I like the way Hornby describes his wonderment at the complexities of the online world, from uploading music to message boards and blogs. I can really identify with one of the characters who, while looking at an old photo, asks "How did we get to here from there?" I often wonder about that myself...
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Tony
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flows like a good flow should flow. Sings like a good song should be sung.

When I started to read this, I looked to see if Tucker Crowe really existed. That's why this is so good, it's firmly embedded.

Have I already said that I should stop writing reviews when I'm drunk?
Bryce Wilson
Nov 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s no fun being mad with an artist you love, and at the risk of sounding like one of the “Croweologists” that he so successfully skewers in Juliet Naked; I’ve been made at Nick Hornby for along time. Hornby was one of the first “adult” novelists I’ve loved, and he was the first to really break my heart. His first two books High Fidelity and About A Boy remain incisive, funny, warm, human little books, that I still love to revisit. His splendid non fiction is a pleasure unto itself, and I can s ...more
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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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