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Us by David Nicholls
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it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, humour, romance, 2014, own, arc, favourite, drama, around-the-world

US is poignant, convincing and laugh out loud hilarious novel that give us an intimate insight into a 25 year marriage – a marriage that’s run its course.

Douglas and Connie Petersen are preparing for the ‘Grand Tour’ across Europe, taking their 17-year-old son, Albie, before leaving home for university. This will be their last tour together as a whole family, and to educate, prepare Albie for his departure. However, at 4am one morning Connie drops a bombshell; she tells Douglas she can’t see the rest of her life with him, once Albie is gone, and is thinking of a divorce. But they’ve both agreed for Albie sake, they should continue with the ‘Grand Tour’, as planned.

US is narrated by Douglas as they journey across Europe, who believes he will win back the heart of his wife and to restore the gap between his son by his meticulously planned trip. But the harder he tried, the worse it got; accidently booking an undesirable hotel in Amsterdam, being stung by jellyfish in Barcelona, a run in with irate bikers, and generalLY saying wrong things that would get up Connie’s nose, and would ultimately drive his son away to travel with an accordion busker.

At the beginning of US, I couldn’t understand why Connie would want to leave this him. Douglas seemed like a decent man, and in his own awkwardness, he does make Connie laugh. I thought her reason to ‘rediscover herself’ was a bit selfish. Why couldn’t she do it with Douglas?

Through alternative chapters, Douglas reminisces of the time they first met and the years that follow. Douglas is biochemist, and what I’d describe as plain, straight-laced type of guy, a bit pedantic and likes order. Whereas Connie is the artistic type, spontaneous and free spirited in nature but beautiful lady - and Albie’s inherited Connie’s free spirited nature. Even though they are poles apart, Connie found these traits in Douglas so appealing, and they clicked. It wasn’t until the later parts of their marriage, when they came together to make important decision - such as parenting issue, job security and home relocation - that their differing values collided; and that included Douglas relationship with his son. The entire family dynamics felt so draining for all parties, and I could see where Connie was coming from.

US is a simple story and while it’s hilarious at times it did give my heart a gentle tug. Douglas voice had appeal and honesty that was so engaging and being married for 25 years, a few of issues that were brought up felt real and relatable.

Superb novel. It has now made me want to read ONE DAY.
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Reading Progress

September 8, 2014 – Shelved
September 8, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read-book-shelf
September 10, 2014 – Started Reading
September 11, 2014 –
page 16
4.01%
September 13, 2014 –
page 57
14.29%
September 16, 2014 –
page 100
25.06% "Delightfully charming and witty. If you own it, read it sooner rather then later – I can assure you, you’ll have so much fun"
September 18, 2014 –
page 140
35.09%
September 22, 2014 –
page 208
52.13%
September 22, 2014 – Shelved as: fiction
September 22, 2014 – Shelved as: humour
September 22, 2014 – Shelved as: romance
September 22, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014
September 22, 2014 – Shelved as: own
September 22, 2014 – Shelved as: arc
September 26, 2014 –
page 313
78.45%
September 27, 2014 – Shelved as: favourite
September 27, 2014 – Shelved as: drama
September 27, 2014 – Finished Reading
November 3, 2014 – Shelved as: around-the-world

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message 1: by Suzanne (new) - added it

Suzanne Mish, One Day has been on my list for ages, this one sounds good too.


Diane S ☔ Good review. I read One Day and hope to start this one soon.


message 3: by Alejandro (new)

Alejandro Awesome review, Mish!


message 4: by Noelle (new) - added it

Noelle Great review.... I'm putting this on my "to-read" shelf.


Mish Suzanne wrote: "Mish, One Day has been on my list for ages, this one sounds good too."

What I've heard of One Day, it sounds just as delightfully funny and touching as US. This one caught my eye because I thought I could relate to the to the characters and situations more.

US is a great book Suzanne - one of my favourites this year :)


Mish Diane S. wrote: "Good review. I read One Day and hope to start this one soon."

Thankyou Diane. I've only touched the surface, there is so much more to this book that I haven't mentioned.

Enjoy Diane :)


Mish Alejandro wrote: "Awesome review, Mish!"

Thankyou Alejandro :)


Mish Noelle wrote: "Great review.... I'm putting this on my "to-read" shelf."

Good idea Noelle, it's definitely worth it.

And thankyou for your comments :)


message 9: by Alex (new)

Alex Damn, I'm gonna need an extension to the house such is my TBR pile :) Great review Mish!


message 10: by Sally906 (new)

Sally906 I've added this to my library list :)


message 11: by Mish (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mish Alex wrote: "Damn, I'm gonna need an extension to the house such is my TBR pile :) Great review Mish!"

haha that's so true!


message 12: by Mish (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mish Sally906 wrote: "I've added this to my library list :)"

Alex wrote: "Damn, I'm gonna need an extension to the house such is my TBR pile :) Great review Mish!"

Thanks Sally & Alex, I hope you enjoy it :)


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