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Juliet, Naked

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  39,790 ratings  ·  3,963 reviews
Nick Hornby returns to his roots—music and messy relationships—in this funny and touching novel that 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 that mirrors the place; Tucker, once a brilliant songwriter and ...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Riverhead Books (first published 2009)
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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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Jayson
(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.
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
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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 ...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
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Brian
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jul 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Well that was... extremely disappointing ...more
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 ...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 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 ...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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Clif Hostetler
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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 ...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 ...more
unknown
Nov 24, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Vanessa
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,
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Carmen
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Juliet, Naked is the story of a woman becoming aware that she’s stuck in a life that does not meet her expectations or make her feel fulfilled. Her long-term boyfriend primary joy in life is analyzing the work of a forgotten 1990s indie rock star named Tucker Crowe, who released one beloved album, vanishing forever in the middle of a gig. Duncan lives for analyzing his lyrics and theorizing on his whereabouts.
Annie can't help but feeling annoyed by this infatuation and is tired of going
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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 ...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
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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
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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” ...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,
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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
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 ...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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Patricia Williams
I really loved this book. I could not put it down once I started reading it. It was a happy, feel good to me. I loved all the characters. I was a little let down at the end when Annie, the main character, did not end up with the man of her dreams, although the book did leave room for a sequel. She fell so hard for this man and he made her so happy after being in a really bad relationship So it ended with her not needing her therapist any more. Which is always a good thing. I know this was made ...more
James
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, fiction
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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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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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 ...more
Julie Ehlers
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As far as I'm concerned, a new book by Nick Hornby is always cause for celebration. This was funny, of course. Liked the characters, liked the setting, liked the focus on music. Perhaps not his best novel, but still a lot of fun to read.
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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 ...more
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